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Kodansha Comics summer manga internship

Penguin Random House Publisher Services is seeking two full-time paid interns for summer 2015 to work as part of our Kodansha Comics team at our office in New York City. The interns will perform diverse tasks spanning editorial, production, and marketing, giving them a chance to become familiar with every aspect of how an American manga publisher operates. As one of their primary roles will involve proofreading, the interns will need to be extremely detail-oriented, and prior experience with writing, editing, proofreading, or translation is preferred.

Responsibilities and duties

  • Proofreading manga, ads, and other materials prior to publication
  • Assisting the production manager or director of publishing with data entry and checking related to production and sales
  • Participating in meetings with Kodansha representative and tracking the status of new manga series
  • Other tasks depending on individual strengths and skills

Requirements

  • Familiarity with manga or comics
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Candidates will be required to pass a brief proofreading test.
  • Prior experience as a writer, proofreader, copy editor, or fact checker preferred.
  • Knowledge of or interest in the Japanese language is an advantage, but not required.
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and/or Illustrator is an advantage, but not required.

Pay will be $10/hour. To apply, send a brief cover letter and resume to kodanshacomics [at] randomhouse [dot] com.

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Vinland Saga Contest – Win Original Art

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Let’s cut to the chase: We have three pieces of signed original art by “Vinland Saga” creator Makoto Yukimura.

 

They depict three characters from the series, Thorfinn, Thorkell, and Askeladd, and bear Mr. Yukimura’s signature, seal, and a personal message to his American readers. As incredible as this sounds, we are giving these away.

But to win one, you’ll first have to battle your way into a place among Askeladd’s elite Viking warriors!

join_askeladdHere’s how it will work:

  1. Create a character from the Viking Age. He or she could be a Viking, English, Welsh, a warrior, a blacksmith, a priest — anything! Write a one-paragraph description of your character that delves into her background, personality, and history. You can include an original drawing of your character if you want, but it’s certainly not required.
  2. We’ll take the best characters and create a bracket, pitting them against each other for the right to join Askeladd’s band! If you’re selected, you’ll receive your opponent’s character description, and you’ll have to write a few paragraphs describing how your character would defeat him. Does your character outwit her opponent? Intimidate him into submission? Or just pound him into the ground?
  3. After we’ve read both stories, we’ll choose the best one, and that character will advance. The brackets will converge on a final three-on-three showdown! The champion will get first pick of the drawings, the second place winner will receive second pick, and third place will get whichever drawing is left over. We’ll also compile all the battles of the top three into three epic Viking sagas, and post them on our site for everyone to read!

E-mail your entries to kodanshacomics@randomhouse.com (make sure any attachments are under 10 MB). Everyone who’s selected for the bracket will receive a free copy of Vinland Saga Book Four when it’s released in July.

Askeladd will be accepting applicants to join his band until July 11, and shortly after that the battles will begin!

Remake Viking history with us, and become a part of Vinland Saga!

And just in case you haven’t read Vinland Saga, now’s a great time to get started! From now until June 26, the Vinland Saga Book One ebook is on sale for just $4.99 on Kindle, Nook, iBookstore, and Kobo!

Rules:

  1. This contest is open to entrants with valid e-mail addresses worldwide, except where any part of the contest or these rules would be prohibited by law. Employees of Kodansha USA Publishing, Penguin Random House, or any parent or affiliate companies, as well as their spouses, family members, and any person in the same household, are not eligible to enter.
  2. All initial entries must be received by July 11, 2014. Kodansha USA Publishing is not responsible for entries lost for any reason.
  3. Each entrant may only enter once.
  4. By entering, you give Kodansha USA Publishing, Kodansha Ltd. and Penguin Random House permission to publish or use anything you submit (except your e-mail address and other contact information) in print, online, or in any other form, in perpetuity. If you’d like your entries to appear under a pseudonym, just ask.
  5. We will only use your e-mail address or other contact information to contact you regarding the contest. We will not use it for any other purpose or give it to anyone else.
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NORAGAMI, MANGA DOGS, and ATTACK ON TITAN: COLOSSAL EDITION to debut in 2014 from KODANSHA COMICS!

NORAGAMI, MANGA DOGS, and ATTACK ON TITAN: COLOSSAL EDITION to debut in 2014 from KODANSHA COMICS!

New Series from Ema Toyama (Missions of Love, I am Here!) and Adachitoka

New York, New York (February 4, 2014) – Adding to an already stellar 2014 lineup, Kodansha Comics is excited to announce two brand new series to debut this fall, plus a new edition of Attack on Titan! Manga Dogs is a new series from Ema Toyama, the creator of I am Here! and Missions of Love, two of Kodansha Comics’ best-selling shojo series. Noragami: Stray God, created by Adachitoka, is also making its U.S. debut following the anime adaptation which started airing in Japan this January with simulcast at FUNimation.com! And finally, the first five volumes of Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan are being collected in a new, massive version called the Colossal Edition!

Including already announced works such as the Attack on Titan spinoffs, My Little Monster, Say I Love You, xxxHOLi Rei, The Seven Deadly Sins, UQ Holder, and more, 2014 will be a huge year for Kodansha Comics!

Manga Dogs – Kanna Tezuka is a shy and anti-social manga artist. She enrolls in a special manga class at school, hoping that she’ll be free to work on her manga without distraction. However, she finds herself in the company of three guys who are incredibly handsome, and incredibly stupid. They find out that Kanna is a published manga artist and begin pestering her to teach them how to become manga creators. Hijinks ensue! Coming Fall 2014!

Noragami: Stray God – Yato is a homeless god. He doesn’t even have a shrine, not to mention worshippers! Hoping he’ll eventually raise enough money to build himself the lavish temple of his dreams, Yato accepts all kinds of jobs. Of course, he can’t afford to be picky; from finding lost kittens to helping a student overcome bullies, no job is too small for Yato, the god-for-hire! An eccentric story with a charming cast of characters! Coming Fall 2014!

Attack on Titan: Colossal Edition - People believe their 100-meter-high walls will protect them from the Titans, but the sudden appearance of an immense Titan is about to change everything… Experience Attack on Titan in its original size! Collecting the first five volumes of this epic manga on high quality paper with a trim of 7 x 10.5 inches and weighing in at almost 1000 pages, Attack on Titan: Colossal Edition will be in stores this May!

About Kodansha USA Publishing, LLC

Established in New York in 2008, Kodansha USA Publishing (KUP) is a subsidiary of Kodansha, Japan’s largest publisher. KUP’s first works under the Kodansha Comics imprint were Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira and Masamune Shirow’s The Ghost in the Shell. KUP has expanded their catalog to include such titles as Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima, Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama, Shugo Chara by PEACH-PIT, and Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi, the highest selling manga in the U.S. in 2012. Kodansha Comics is distributed by Random House Publisher Services.

http://www.kodanshacomics.com

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