Kosuke Fujishima’s new series Toppu GP starts NOW—Chapters 1 and 2 on Kindle and comiXology

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It's morning in the Land of the Rising Sun. Manga fans across Japan are at their local convenience store picking up the just released issue of Afternoon, where they will find Chapters 1 and 2 of Toppu GP, a brand-new series by legendary Oh My Goddess! and Paradise Residence creator Kosuke Fujishima!

… and you, everywhere outside of Japan, can read the first two chapters of Toppu GP at the same time they're released in Japan—now on Kindle and comiXology!

Enjoy! Look for Chapter 3 on June 24!

Yes, there’s manga on comiXology Unlimited

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Quite a bit, in fact. In the big news of the day, comiXology announced the launch of comiXology Unlimited, a brand-new "Netflix for comics" subscription service. And yes, Kodansha Comics joins a host of distinguished comics publishers, along with fellow manga publisher Dark Horse, to be part of this historic launch.

See below for the current list of available titles from us during the comiXology Unlimited 30-day free trial period ($5.99/month after that)—and look for announcements to add to the lineup soon. But this is that rare, rare instance where it's not just about us. We're just as excited as everybody else to dive into the Unlimited sea and discover all those amazing comics out there!

Arisa, volume 1
As the Gods Will: The Second Series, volume 1

Attack on Titan, volume 1
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, volume 1

Basilisk, volume 1
Bloody Monday, volume 1
Chi's Sweet Home, volume 1
COPPELION, volume 1
Fairy Tail, volume 1
Fort of Apocalypse, volume 1

Knights of Sidonia, volume 1
Love Hina Omnibus, volume 1

Mardock Scramble, volume 1
Missions of Love, volume 1

My Wife Is Wagatsuma-san, volumes 1-3
Negima Omnibus, volume 1
No. 6, volume 1
Parasyte, volume 1
Sankarea, volume 1
The Seven Deadly Sins, volumes 1-3
Sherlock Bones, volume 1

A Silent Voice, volume 1
Space Brothers, volume 1
UQ Holder, volume 1
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witchesvolume 1
Your Lie in April, volume 1


 

Anime Central: New Licensing Announcements!

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Last Saturday (May 21, 2016, to be exact) at Anime Central in Chicago Kodansha Comics announced new licenses— 

Coming Fall 2016!

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The Attack on Titan Anime Guidebook (title not final) is a must have for any fan of the show! This companion includes over 170 pages of actor interviews, concept designs, and more info never before seen in English.

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The Attack on Titan Coloring Book is the perfect way for manga fans to get in on the adult coloring book phenomenon! Put your own spin on 50+ pages of your favorite characters, scenes, and creepy titans.

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Happiness By Shuzo Oshimi

A supernatural story of sexual awakening, growing up, and suburban vampirism from the acclaimed creator of The Flowers of Evil. A boy out walking at night is attacked by a girl in an alley. She sucks his blood and gives him a choice: life or death. He chooses life, but finds himself nearly overwhelmed by a new thirst and a fascination with the necks of his classmates …

This disturbing, dark, and at times uncomfortable funny series gives us an absurd take on the awkwardness of growing up and dealing with your sexuality.

For more new licensing announcements, stay tuned on KodanshaComics.com

 

Get a free Attack on Titan Anthology sampler in the mail!

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Hey, didja miss Free Comic Book Day on May 8—and with it your chance to get a sample of the Attack on Titan Anthology? Never fear! Kodansha Comics is giving away copies of our acclaimed Free Comic Book Day book to the first 300 people to fill out our survey!

Get a Free Attack on Titan Anthology Sampler in the mail*!
Click here to take the survey. 

*For first 300 participants. U.S. or Canadian residents only.
One sampler per person and/or household. No PO boxes.
You must be 18 years or older or provide permission from a parent or guardian.

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Here's newly revealed Attack on Titan Anthology art by Phil Jimenez.

Don’t miss out on this chance at the first preview of Attack on Titan stories and art by Eisner Award winner Michael Avon Oeming (Powers), Babs Tarr/Cameron Stewart/Brenden Fletcher (the renowned team behind Batgirl), Eisner Award nominees Asaf & Tomer Hanuka (The Divine), Eisner Award winner Evan Dorkin (Dork), Top Cow pilot winner Afua Richardson (Genius), and renowned cover artist Paolo Rivera! The book itself will also contain stories by Scott Snyder, Gail Simone, Faith Erin Hicks, and many others. Here’s what people are already saying about the book:

“The talent here is serious and stylistically diverse … A huge step forward for manga in this country … Nothing like this has ever been done.” —Comics Beat

“Some of our favorite comics creators … are giving us more human-munching giants.” —io9

“We’re sure to get some weird and wonderful side stories from the impressive pool of talent that’s come together … We can’t wait to see what they come up with.” —The Mary Sue

Attack on Titan Anthology will be release on October 18, 2016. 
Click here to preorder now

 

First glimpse of Attack on Titan Anthology on Free Comic Book Day May 7

On Free Comic Book Day, Saturday May 7, readers at comic shops across the country are going to get a first glimpse of the Attack on Titan Anthology, the daring new collaboration between Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama and an all-star roster of Western comics creators, including a variety ranging from Scott Snyder (Batman) and Gail Simone (Birds of Prey) to Kate Leth (Kate or Die!) and Ronald Wimberly (Prince of Cats)!

The writers and artists represented in this Saturday's free sampler will be

Michael Avon Oeming (Powers)
Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr (Batgirl)
Asaf Hanuka and Tomer Hanuka (The Divine)
Kevin Wada (The Wicked + The Divine)
Afua Richardson (Genius)
and
Evan Dorkin (Welcome to Eltingville)

And, to whet your appetite, we'd like to present some brand new pieces from that sampler, not seen anywhere else!

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Levi Pin-up by Afua Richardson

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by Asaf and Tomer Hanuka

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by Michael Avon Oeming

Follow this link to find a participating comic shop near you! See you Saturday!

(And if you like what you see, don't forget to preorder!)
 

Simulpub chapters for 17 series now on comiXology, Kindle

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ComiXology and Amazon announced today the launch of new chapters from Kodansha Comics' best-selling manga series to be available in English the same day they are published in Japan ("simulpubs"), on both the comiXology platform as well as Amazon’s Kindle Store

Brand-new chapters of Attack on Titan Chapter 80 and The Heroic Legend of Arslan Chapter 34 go on sale today (April 8) on comiXology and Kindle, the same day they appear in Bessatsu Shonen magazine in Japan. All previous chapters from both series are also available. 

There are a total of 17 Kodansha Comics series debuting with simultaneous publication. Today also sees the launch of over 1,900 chapters, creating a vast library for fans that want to dive in for the first time or get caught up before new chapters digitally debut in English.

“English readers can now buy chapters of their favorite manga series the same day Japanese fans are picking up new issues in convenience stores,” said Alvin Lu, General Manager at Kodansha Advanced Media. “A simulpub initiative has never been done like this before—it’s effectively a new format and it’s made possible by digital publishing. Doing this through comiXology and Amazon connects the global readership for this broad range of series at a level we’ve never seen.”

“We’re so excited to completely cut the wait time for English-speaking manga fans to no wait at all to read same day as Japan releases of their favorite Kodansha titles” said comiXology’s Senior Director of Communication, Chip Mosher. “Immediate access to new popular Kodansha manga is something we know both comiXology and Kindle fans love and we’re thrilled to be able to provide that access to manga fans everywhere on the same day all around the world.”

The launch of this unprecedented program on comiXology and Kindle worldwide, makes same-day manga chapters more widely available to English-language readers than ever before. (These English translations will not be available in Japan.)

Included in today’s launch are the following series, to be released in English on comiXology and Kindle on a weekly as well as bi-weekly, monthly, and semi-regular basis:

Weekly
As the Gods Will: The Second Series
Fairy Tail
Fuuka
GTO Paradise Lost
The Seven Deadly Sins
UQ Holder
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Bi-Weekly
Inuyashiki
Space Brothers

Monthly
Ajin: Demi-Human
Attack on Titan
Kiss Him, Not Me
The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Magatsuki
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Side: P4
Sweetness and Lightning

Semi-regularly
Princess Jellyfish

 

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Naoshi Arakawa’s new series starts now—Chapter 1 on Kindle and comiXology

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It's morning in the Land of the Rising Sun. Manga fans across Japan are at their local convenience store picking up the just released issue of Monthly Shonen Magazinewhere they will find the 70-page Chapter 1 of Farewell, My Dear Cramer (Sayonara Watashi no Cramer), the new series by Your Lie in April creator Naoshi Arakawa …

… and you, everywhere outside of Japan, can read the debut of Farewell, My Dear Cramer at the same time as Japan in English—only on Kindle and comiXology!

Enjoy! Look for Chapter 2 on June 5!

And for those who missed it, here's a reprise, and link, of our announcement of Naoshi Arakawa's forthcoming visit to Anime Expo in Los Angeles this July:

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Naoshi Arakawa, creator of the critically acclaimed manga about the struggles of a teen piano prodigy, Your Lie in April, will be attending this year’s Anime Expo in Los Angeles on July 1-4 as an official Guest of Honor.

This marks the first time Arakawa, who lives in Japan, will be making a Stateside appearance in person. Arakawa’s activities at Anime Expo so far are to include a Q&A panel, media interviews, and fan autograph sessions. More at the link.

Humble Manga Bundle: name your price to support charity—BUNDLE ENDS MAY 18

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Update: ONLY TWO MORE DAYS for the first-ever Humble Manga Bundle! Kodansha Comics has teamed up with our good pals at Humble Bundle, the phenomenal pay-what-you-want digital book bundler, on the first volumes of 10 digital manga series.

THIS SPECIAL BUNDLE ENDS WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 10:59 A.M. PACIFIC TIME.

While manga has appeared in previous Humble Bundle book bundles, this is Humble Bundle's first entirely manga bundle. For this first Humble Bundle offering, we've put together a collection of our best science-fiction and fantasy series:

Pay what you want for Space Brothers Volume 1, Vinland Saga Volume 1, Inuyashiki Volume 1, Parasyte Volume 1, and Attack on Titan Volume 1.

Pay more than the average price to also receive The Heroic Legend of Arslan Volume 1, Ajin: Demi-Human Volume 1, Inuyashiki Volume 2, Parasyte Volume 2, and Attack on Titan Volume 2.

Pay $17 or more for all of that, plus the just-released (as of yesterday) Battle Angel Alita: Last Order Omnibus Volume 1, The Seven Deadly Sins Volume 1, Knights of Sidonia Volume 1, Ajin: Demi-Human Volume 2, and Attack on Titan Volume 3.

Name your price. Together, the books in this bundle usually cost as much as $177. At Humble Bundle, though, you choose the price!

Read them anywhere. These comics are available in multiple formats including CBZ, PDF, and ePub, so they work on your computer, e-readers, iPads, cell phones, and a wide array of mobile devices! Instructions and a list of recommended reading programs can be found here.

Support charity. Choose where the money goes—between Kodansha Comics, three charities (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Worldreader, and Mental Health Foundation), and, if you'd like, a fourth charity of your choice via the PayPal Giving Fund. For details on how this works, click here. If you like this bundle or like what Humble Bundle does, you can leave a Humble Tip too.

Knights of Sidonia final volume out now; Tsutomu Nihei to visit San Diego Comic Con

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Updated May 3. It's the 15th and final volume of Knights of Sidonia, science fiction mastermind Tsutomu Nihei's outer space epic that was adapted into a hit Netflix series. Both print (from Vertical) and digital (from Kodansha Comics) editions are available starting from April 26.

To celebrate the occasion, we're also making all previous 14 digital volumes of the series available for $4.99 on all platforms, which includes:

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iBooks

Kindle

Kobo

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Sale runs through Tuesday, May 3!

Also, Comic-Con International had announced that Tsutomu Nihei, the manga creator of Knights of Sidonia and BLAME! is coming to San Diego Comic Con 2016 as a special guest! 

Here's a special video message from Nihei-sensei about his anticipation to visit SDCC2016. 

Besides being generally excited about the event, it sounds like Nihei-sensei has some major announcements regarding his latest projects up his sleeve. For more info about his appearance during SDCC2016, stay tuned to KodanshaComics.com!

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About Tsutomu Nihei

Born in 1971 in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, Tsutomu Nihei has been drawing comics professionally since the mid 1990s. In 1995 he was awarded the Jiro Taniguchi Special Prize in that year's Afternoon Magazine Four Seasons Awards for his submission called Blame. After working as an assistant to veteran comic artist Tsutomu Takahashi, Nihei went on to launch his debut series Blame! in Afternoon Magazine in 1998. Following the success of Blame! he next penned BioMega (Viz Media) and Wolverine SNIKT (Marvel). In 2009 Nihei returned to Afternoonto launch his latest series, Knights of Sidonia. In 2015 he won the Kodansha Manga Award in the General Comics category for his work on Knights of Sidonia.