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PW Comics Week Interviews Shojo Beat Editor-in-Chief

posted on by Mikhail Koulikov
Shojo Beat's second anniversary issue will include an excerpt from Osamu Tezuka's Princess Knight, which has never before appeared in North America. Updated

PW Comics Week has posted a feature article that sums up the success of Viz's Shojo Beat anthology, in advance of its second birthday. The article, which includes an interview with Shojo Beat editor-in-chief Marc Weidenbaum reveals that the circulation of the anthology is about 35,000. Of the manga that Viz publishes under the Shojo Beat imprint, the most popular are Absolute Boyfriend, Full Moon O Sagashite, The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, and Vampire Knight.

The July issue of Shojo Beat will feature an exclusive 25-page excerpt of Princess Knight, the 1954 Osamu Tezuka manga that is often considered to be the progenitor of the shoujo genre. This will be the first time any of Princess Knight will be available in English, and the publication is set to coincide with the Tezuka: The Marvel of Manga exhibit, which opens at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco on June 2. However, Viz currently has no plans to publish the rest of Princess Knight.

Source: PW Comics Week

Errata: Although Shojo Beat's July issue will be the first North American publication of Princess Knight, Kodansha has previously published six bilingual volumes in Japan. Thanks, John C. Watson and Mike Toole.

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