Manga News Service Launched

BIRMINGHAM, January 10, 2005 - Celebrating the start of it's 8th year online, Anime News Service, the internet's leading and first English language anime news site, has announced launch of spinoff content hub, Manga News Service ( Anime News Service defined online anime journalism upon it's launch in 1998 and currently serves thousands of visitors daily (anime fans and industry professionals alike) with the richest news content on the medium from around the world. ANS specializes in exclusive content on new properties and trends directly from Japan and delivers it to English readers before it can be incorporated into the monthly news cycles of most popular magazines on either side of the pacific (or atlantic) on many occasions. Manga News Service will capitalize upon the unrivaled resources and experience of ANS, being solely dedicated to covering the pop Japanese print industries: Manga, Doujinshi and Light Novels. The site's content umbrella will also cover the strongly emerging realm of Korean Comics (Manhwa).

Founding editor, Jonah Morgan comments on the launch: "Manga has seen uprecedented growth in the North American market in recent years, with strong support and enthusiasm coming from both the fans and industry alike. Originally a niche market dominated by smaller companies, major publishing houses have just recently stepped into the market, rolling out their own Manga licensing divisions across the USA, and licensing some of the medium's premium content in Japan. Also, Manga style has also been adopted by all the major American comic giants, it's definitely something that's here to stay. The time for a dedicated news service for Manga has long past. The diversity and exclusivity of the content we deal with around the clock on a daily basis will ensure the site will become a resource few interested in either anime or manga will be able to pass up."

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