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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:25 pm Reply with quote
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We have been only able to publish 14% of our Japanese catalog in English through our licensees. We believe that this new program will create favorable conditions for us to deliver titles that are not yet available to our readers here.

We're also cognizant of the limits of licensed publishing, since it requires licensees to take financial risks. By taking on some of that risk ourselves, we have the ability to decide on our own whether to publish titles in English for our authors and readers. We at Square Enix are excited for the opportunity to contribute to our authors/creators’ and readers’ happiness in a more direct way.


I do hope for the best for Square-Enix's move into English manga publishing, but I will admit that its current slate of releases do nothing for me. What I hope for, though, is that S-E will eventually give some of its old catalog titles a try, because there are some really cool manga in the history of GanGan & its sibling magazines that I'd love to support. Titles like The Violinist of Hameln, Tokyo Underground, Kamui Fujiwara's Dragon Quest manga (Emblem of Roto & Warriors of Eden), Haré+Guu, Magical Circle Guru Guru, & Astro Fighter Sunred.

In know that the priority will (& should) be newer titles, but I do hope this endeavor allows the occasional older manga to be given a chance.
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Double Mangekyo



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:48 pm Reply with quote
Maybe one of these days The Comic Artist and His Assistants will see an official English release... I can only hope.
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Rai The Noblesse



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:09 pm Reply with quote
noooo, why FFXV?.. noone cares about 13 or 15..., 14 is the one veryone loves and wants a (good) manga or anima for ages..
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:42 pm Reply with quote
It’s always great to get more manga in English! I hope they consider “streaming” manga digitally, like Shueisha’s Manga + app, but just getting more English manga and light novels in print is a good thing. Hope this works out for them!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:58 am Reply with quote
This is not the first time Penguin Random House has been involved with manga. Del Rey books is a Penguin Random House imprint and the prior publisher of Del Rey Manga.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:49 pm Reply with quote
^ I think Random House distributes Yen Press manga, and/or other manga publishers.
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When Kodansha Comics took over all of Del Rey Manga's titles it was stated that Del Rey (Random House) would handle distribution in the US. As far as I know they still do. They probably handle Vertical as well.

Yen Press is, however, an imprint of Hachette Book Group. They are a major competitor of Random House. I assume they handle their own distribution but I may be wrong. I also remember reading several years ago that Viz had contracted with a major US publisher to distribute their stuff, I don't remember which one though, possible Harper.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:04 am Reply with quote
Alan45 wrote:
I also remember reading several years ago that Viz had contracted with a major US publisher to distribute their stuff, I don't remember which one though, possible Harper.


Simon and Schuster handles bookstore distribution for VIZ in US, Canada and UK. I don't know if they also handle other geos.
https://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/VIZ-Media/2118552778
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Ah, thanks.
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My mistake; thanks for the info!
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