New Manga Magazine from Tokuma Shoten

posted on by Christopher Macdonald
Tokuma Shoten published the first issue of Monthly Comic Ryū on September 19.

Tokuma Shoten has revived Ryû, a magazine that once carried Shotaro Ishinomori's Genma Taisen and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's Arion, as Monthly Comic Ryû on September 19. Ryû was originally published by Tokuma Shoten from the lat 1970s to the mid 1980s.

Artists who contribute to Monthly Comic Ryû include Hideo Azuma, Hiroki Endo, Keiko Fukuyama, Kôichi Igarashi, Masaomi Kanzaki, Katsumi Michihara, Masahiko Nakahira, Kenji Tsuruta, Yoshikazu Yasuhiko and Kouichirou Yasunaga.

As a supplement to the first issue, a DVD with a short film directed by Mamoru Oshii has been included.

Monthly Comic Ryû also sets up the Comic Ryûjin Award and recruits budding manga artists. The judges are Hideo Azuma and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko.

Black and white manga of 100 pages or less must be submitted by the end of Mach 2007. 1 million yen (approx US$10,000) will be awarded to the first place winner, 500,000 yen for second place and 100,000 yen for third place. The website also mentions that they have a relationship with Avex (major Japanese record company) and that there is a chance for winning submissions to be animated.

Aspiring manga-ka who wish to have their manga published in Monthly Comic Ryû are invited to make an appointment to bring their work to the publisher's office and show it to the editors. In the case of people living far from Tokyo, they are invited to send it to the magazine.

Thanks to Vitruvius and Evan for this article.

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