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DMP Adds Butterfly of the Distant Day, Rabbit Man, Tiger Man, Men of Tattoos, Moon & Blood

posted on by Egan Loo
Collaborative manga localization initiative gets Digital Manga Guild name, website

North America's Digital Manga Publishing (DMP) has confirmed on its website and at its Yaoi-Con panel on Saturday that its Juné imprint will release the following manga:

Butterfly of the Distant Day (Tooi Hi no Chō)
Tooko Miyagi (Taiyoh Tosho's Million Comics Craft Series)
May 15, 2011 (1 volume)

Men of Tattoos (Shisei no Otoko)
Yuiji Aniya (Akaneshinsha's Edge Comix)
May 23, 2011 (1 volume)

Rabbit Man, Tiger Man (Usagi Otoko Tora Otoko) Volume 1
Akira Honma (Shinkōsha's Chocolat Comics)
May 23, 2011 (2+ volumes)

Digital Manga Publishing's main imprint will release a new title from Wedding Peach creator Nao Yazawa. Moon and Blood has never been published in Japan and will ship first in North America.

Moon and Blood
Nao Yazawa
May 2011

DMP also revealed the name and website of its collaborative manga localization project, Digital Manga Guild. President and CEO Hikaru Sasahara said that six Japanese publishers have signed onto the program with "thousands" of possible titles.

In this new online venture, fans can contribute to the translation, editing/rewriting, and lettering/retouching of manga titles that would be distributed digitally and legally, with the permission of the manga's Japanese owners. Fans who contribute to a book "will receive a revenue percentage from all future sales of that book." According to Sasahara, this initiative was established as a reaction to the high up-front costs of licensing manga titles, coupled with long production time. DMP's application for translators lists English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Korean, and Chinese as possible languages.

After DMP's Yaoi-Con panel, Sasahara told ANN that the Digital Manga Guild initiative will deal with previously unlicensed manga titles from the six Japanese partners; DMP's existing manga lineup will continue to be published through the same production process that the company has used up to now. DMP plans to maintain quality control in the Digital Manga Guild by "auditioning" applicants with samples of their work. Readers can vote on titles after their release online, and the most popular titles may have a chance of being published in print.

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