New Jersey's MangaNEXT to Host Tomo Maeda, Makoto Tateno (Updated)
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The MangaNEXT convention announced on its Facebook page on Monday that it will host manga artists Makoto Tateno (Yellow, Steal Moon) and Tomo Maeda (Black Sun Silver Moon). Both artists have created original artwork that will be featured on attendee badges at the convention. MangaNEXT will be held at the Sheraton Meadowland Hotel & Conference Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey from February 24-26.
Tateno created such boys-love — and non-boys-love — works as Yellow, Hero Heel, Steal Moon, Blue Sheep Reverie, Angelic Runes, and Red Angel. Digital Manga Publishing has released those manga in North America, along with A Bloody Kiss Tonight, Happy Boys, and Yellow 2, among others. Tateno previously attended Yaoi-con in 2009.
Go! Comi originally released Maeda's seven-volume Black Sun Silver Moon manga in 2007-2008. JManga is currently hosting the first volume of the series on its website. Digital Manga Publishing released Madea's one-volume Beyond My Touch manga in 2005.
The convention will also host manga creator Felipe Smith. Smith is one of the rare foreigners who has created manga in Japan for Japanese readers. After winning second place in Tokyopop's Rising Stars of Manga in 2004, he went on to publish three volumes of MBQ. In 2008, Smith launched Peepo Choo in Morning 2, a monthly magazine published by Kodansha in Japan. Vertical published the three-volume Peepo Choo series in North America. Smith previously appeared at Otakon and Comic-Con International in 2010.
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