Simon says

March 28, 2007

Manga Jouhou’s Floating_Sakura has additional comment from Libre on its dispute with CPM (found via the ever watchful, consistently insightful, probably not-safe-for-work Simon Jones):

“The license agreements for translations of the publications between BIBLOS Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as ‘BIBLOS’) and Central Park Media Corporation (hereinafter referred to as ‘CPM’) became invalid after April, 2006 when BIBLOS filed for bankruptcy protection.

“Any and all translations of our publications by CPM are based upon the above-mentioned terminated agreements.”

Much more at the link.

Jones also digs up new details on Aurora Publishing, which has been whispered about since April of last year but had yet to yield any concrete information:

“Well… maybe not ‘new.’ Aurora has been around since March 2006, and is a subsidiary of Ohzora Publishing, publisher of the Harlequin manga adaptations in Japan, as well as the ‘Project X’ series of biographical manga.”

Here’s the link to a Comic Book Resources-hosted release from Diamond Book Distributors.

(Updated to clarify some inaccurate phrasing on my part.)

Delayed gratification

March 28, 2007

Before I delve too far into this week’s ComicList, I have a self-serving question. Has the third volume of The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (Dark Horse) shown up at anyone’s comic shop? I think it was due out a couple of weeks ago, and I know I have it on reserve, but there’s still no sign of it here in the mountains. I’m wondering if I should start nagging.

While the list offers plenty of great stuff, the common trait seems to be that none of them are showing up here. I’m going to attribute this to the vagaries of regional shipping instead of a conspiracy to deny me the comics I want. For now.

Del Rey offers the eighth volume of Kio Shimoku’s hilarious, sharply-observed, yet still emotionally generous Genshiken.

DramaQueen delivers the first volume of Kye Young Chong’s Audition, which is pleasant enough reading about the search for the ultimate boy band, though I prefer the creator’s other DQ license, the funny, touching, odd DVD.

The fourth volume of Satosumi Takaguchi’s Shout Out Loud! (Blu) promises more romantic and familial complications, and unless things have changed drastically, they’ll be executed with wit, intelligence and warmth.

Viz is unloading a vast quantity of Shonen Jump books, and if I had to choose only one, it would be the ninth volume of Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata’s Hikaru No Go.

And Self Made Hero gets its Bard on with the release of two Manga Shakespeare books: Hamlet, adapted by Emma Vieceli, and Romeo and Juliet, adapted by Sonia Leong. Spoiler warning: In these issues, just about everyone dies!