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Kinokuniya NYC Hosts Event with Kodansha, Vertical

posted on by Gia Manry
Kodansha, Vertical Inc. to make presentations December 12

Japanese bookstore chain Kinokuniya has announced that its New York City store will be hosting an Anime & Manga Day on December 12. The schedule event includes the "Kodansha Comics Launch Party" at 2:00 p.m. Kodansha has informed ANN that it will announce its summer manga schedule at the launch, and will also give out prizes to the attendees.

Kodansha announced its intent to publish manga directly in the American market through a new Kodansha USA holding company in July of 2008. A year later, Tokyopop confirmed that all of its Kodansha licenses had ended. Kodansha has already re-issued the first volumes of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira manga and Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell manga last October; both were formerly published by Dark Horse Comics, and Marvel Comics' Epic imprint had published Akira before Dark Horse Comics. In October it was announced that Kodansha would take over duties for the titles previously licensed to Del Rey Manga.

Vertical, Inc. announced on its Facebook page and via Twitter that it will host an event about "Translating Tezuka talk" on Sunday, December 12 at the New York City Kinokuniya bookstore from 3:00-4:00 p.m. The talk will feature translator Mari Morimoto, the translator on Vertical's November 30 release of Osamu Tezuka's manga Ayako. Morimoto has also worked on numerous titles, including Naruto and Inuyasha. A launch party reception will take place after the speaking, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Heavenly Bamboo restaurant, "down the street" from the Kinokuniya store. Copies of Ayako will be available at both events.

[Via Anime Almanac]

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