Town of Evening Calm Co-Publisher jaPress Interviewed
posted on by Egan Loo
Junko Mizuno works, Otaku USA magazine, future books discussed
The About.com website has interviewed jaPress, the relatively new company that co-publishes or edits the acclaimed Fumiyo Kōno's Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms manga, the Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno photo book, and Otaku USA magazine. Co-owners Patrick Macias and Izumi Evers describe how Evers launched the company to publish Pure Trance from Junko Mizuno (Cinderalla, Princess Mermaid), and how the two convinced Japan's Futabasha and America's Last Gasp Publishing to greenlight an English version of Kōno's post-bombing Hiroshima manga. They also discuss the genesis of Otaku USA magazine and the Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno book. Finally, the two hint at possible future projects, such as another Mizuno title, a "real controversial manga," and a men's version of Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno.