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Viz Launches SuBLime Boys-Love Manga Line with Love Pistols (Updated)

posted on by Egan Loo
Worldwide imprint also has manga by Haruka Minami, Toko Kawai, You Higashino, others

The North American manga publisher Viz Media announced at its Yaoi-Con panel on Saturday that it will launch its SuBLime boys-love manga imprint with the digital release of Tarako Kotobuki's Love Pistols (Sex Pistols) and Haruka Minami's Danna-sama to Mitsugetsuchū this December.

The worlwide imprint is a partnership with the Japanese companies Animate and Libre Publishing. SuBLime will offer manga digitally on the website SuBLimeManga.com, with a download-to-own option for many titles. The imprint will then offer selected titles in print starting next summer.

SuBLime's digital lineup includes the following titles:

Love Pistols (Sex Pistols) Volume 1
By Tarako Kotobuki
December 2011

Danna-sama to Mitsugetsuchū Volume 1
By Haruka Minami
December 2011

Ousama no Bed
By Sakae Kusama
January 2012

Sweet Pool Volume 1
By Nitro+Chiral
Art by Mayu Kurumazaki
February 2012

Shizuku Hanabira Ringo no Kaori Volumes 1 and 2
By Toko Kawai

Devil's Honey
By Isaku Natsume

Kekkon Zenya
By Kou Fujisaki

Adult Teacher wa Osuki?
By Kiu Aion

Yokubou no Shizuku
By You Higashino

SuBLime's print lineup will launch with the following titles:
Three Wolves Mountain
By Bohra Naono
Spring 2012

Hachimitsu Darling
By Norikazu Akira
Spring 2012

Punch Up! Volume 1
By Shiuko Kano
Summer 2012

Aitsu no Daihonmei Volume 1
By Suzuki Tanaka
Summer 2012

Viz also played a video from manga creator Youka Nitta at its panel. Tokyopop's Blu imprint published Kotobuki's Love Pistols — originally titled Sex Pistols in Japan — before Tokyopop shut down its North American publishing operations this past May. The following month, Viz posted a job position on its website for an "Editor (Yaoi/BL)" who would "establish and grow Viz Media's line of mature content titles."

Update: Full launch lineup and more information added.

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