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Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Jan 29, 2023
'Attack on Titan' creator honored at French comics festival
Hajime Isayama, creator of the popular Japanese manga series was given a special award at the International Comics Festival in Angouleme, France.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 5, 2022
Hedge fund bets next Korean pop culture hit will be webtoons
GVA Asset Management believes Americans and Europeans will soon catch onto Korea's online comics, following the lead of consumers at home and in Japan.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Dec 8, 2021
South Korea 'webtoon' firms leverage low-cost stories with potential huge upside
The 'webtoon' format, which began in Korea two decades ago, has shaken up content creation for the movie industry around the globe.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Oct 16, 2021
Superman comes out, as DC Comics ushers in a new Man of Steel
The new Superman, the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, is concerned about the environment, does not shy away from politics and will soon begin a romantic relationship with a male friend.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 25, 2021
Japan's comic market expands to record high on 'Demon Slayer' popularity
The all-time high since comparable data became available in 1978 was set also as more people spent time at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 29, 2020
50-year-old Doraemon comics become a smash hit during pandemic
More than 5 million comic books and other publications featuring the robotic cat were printed in the 12 months to November as children were forced to stay home amid the pandemic.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Feb 27, 2020
New manga created by AI and inspired by late 'Astro Boy' creator Osamu Tezuka hits bookshelves
A new manga plotted and designed by artificial intelligence that learned the artistic style of "Astro Boy" manga creator Osamu Tezuka was released Thursday.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Sep 22, 2019
'I stuck out more in Japan than in America'
Illustrator Christine Mari Inzer used her talent for drawing as a way to process identity in her homeland.
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Apr 20, 2019
'Lone Wolf and Cub' manga creator Kazuo Koike dies at 82
Manga creator Kazuo Koike, known as the author of the "Lone Wolf and Cub" samurai story adapted into a number of films and a television series, died Wednesday of pneumonia in Tokyo, a person close to him said Friday. He was 82.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 29, 2019
Shueisha starts free online distribution of popular manga in English, except in East Asia
Comic book publisher Shueisha Inc. has started free online distribution in English of some of its popular series in the hope of tapping new markets.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Jan 24, 2019
Cartoonist Rumiko Takahashi wins top prize at French comics festival
Takahashi is the second Japanese to win the lifetime achievement award after Katsuhiro Otomo, the creator of the “Akira” manga series, in 2015.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Nov 18, 2018
A pair of events centered on non-Japanese artists are helping to build bridges into Japan's manga market
The Japanese market for manga is worth hundreds of billions of yen and is a crowded field for many young Japanese illustrators to break into. And if you're coming from overseas, there are even more obstacles.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 23, 2018
Japan's cosplay culture proving a hit in typically conservative India
Cosplay culture is gaining popularity in conservative India, where the Japanese hobby has drawn comparisons with a Hindu festival tradition.
Japan Times
CULTURE
May 27, 2018
Will digital piracy ruin the future of manga?
Author and manga translator Frederik L. Schodt once pointed out to me that many of Japan's cultural products are embraced abroad just as they are declining at home. Ukiyo-e prints became the rage in Europe in the late 19th century, nearly 100 years after they'd peaked in Edo and Kyoto. Sake sales have been climbing steadily in overseas markets, with the value of exports doubling over the past five years and hitting a record in 2017, as they continue a decades-long slide in Japan. And now: manga?
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 6, 2018
Publisher Shogakukan withdraws and apologizes for comic that mocks Genghis Khan
After it drew a barrage of criticism from Mongolians, Japanese publisher Shogakukan Inc. said Tuesday it is withdrawing the latest issue of a monthly cartoon magazine featuring an insulting picture of Mongolia's national hero, Genghis Khan.
JAPAN
Feb 26, 2018
Sales of digital manga overtake print editions in Japan for first time
Sales of digital manga in 2017 surpassed their printed versions for the first time, an industry research institute said Monday, highlighting a shift in reader preferences.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 25, 2017
Annual comic book sales set to sink amid dearth of popular titles
Comic books sales are expected to plunge about 12 percent for the year amid a dearth of popular titles and increasing demand for ebooks, a research institute said Monday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 4, 2017
Kakao counting on Japan's love of manga to crack overseas market
Asia's messaging apps have a history of becoming huge in their home market before struggling to gain traction overseas. South Korea's Kakao Corp. is counting on the Japanese love of manga to break that trend.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Aug 23, 2017
A 'gamble' on a woman-centered blockbuster pays off in 'Wonder Woman'
Director Patty Jenkins has been the talk of Tinseltown lately as the woman behind "Wonder Woman," a Warner Bros./DC Comics blockbuster that has already broken a few records at the box office. It's a triumphant comeback for a director whose last big film was the 2003 film "Monster," which won lead star Charlize Theron an Oscar.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Aug 23, 2017
'Wonder Woman': A superhero blockbuster that stands apart from the crowd
The "Wonder Woman" comic was created by William Moulton Marston in 1941, an unlikely year for a female superhero. World War II was in full swing, and in the DC Comics world, Batman and Superman reigned supreme — then along she came, fighting with "love, instead of hatred," according to Moulton Marston.

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