Tor & Seven Seas to Launch Imprint; Prison Manga Wins Art Festival Prize
Publishers Weeklyhas announced that Tor Books, best known for its fantasy and science fiction books, will work with Seven Seas on a new manga imprint that will publish six to eight titles a year including books in the Afro Samurai series. The existing Seven Seas backlist will be added to the developing one. There's a lot of empty marketing speak in the article, but the deal basically and obviously gives Seven Seas the resources to acquire more licenses and the distribution muscle to get them out into bookstores. Heidi MacDonald hints at a joint Marvel/Del Rey project.
ComiPress has a short story up about Mamora Gouda's Mori No Asagao winning the grand prize at the 11th Japanese Media Arts Festival. It is apparently a work devoted to examining the idea of capital punishment through the story of a prison officer. Check out the list of other winners. I love the idea of an "Encouragement Prize."