Viz Begins One Piece Manga's Digital Speed-Up Program

posted on by Egan Loo

The North American manga publisher Viz Media announced on Tuesday that it has begun the One Piece manga's digital speed-up or "Digital Warp" program to prepare for the launch of the digital anthology Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha on January 30, 2012. One Piece volume 59 and 60 is available now, and the next two volumes will be available on December 12.

Shonen Jump Digital Warp is an accelerated digital release of select manga titles. It is designed to bridge the gap between the latest English graphic novels in print and the latest Japanese installments in print. Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha will run installments of One Piece and five other titles two weeks after their print debut in Japan's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.

The English print edition of One Piece volume 59 is also shipping this week.

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