NPD BookScan and ICv2 recently announced a new partnership to track comic book sales in five categories: Adult Graphic Novels, Kids Graphic Novels, ‘Author’ Graphic Novels, ‘Superhero’ Graphic Novels, and Manga.* Looking over their first batch of lists, VIZ Media had a stellar 2017. Volume one of Tokyo Ghoul was the year’s best-selling manga, followed by the debut volumes of My Hero Academia, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and One-Punch Man. Other strong performers included Dragon Ball Super (#11) and Death Note: Black Edition (#9). No other manga publisher cracked the top twenty, despite the enduring popularity of long-running series like Attack on Titan and Black Butler. Also absent from the manga bestseller list were any shojo titles. And while that might not seem remarkable in 2018, it’s worth remembering that just ten years ago, Fruits Basket was moving enough copies to make the USA Today paperback bestseller list.
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If you’re a serious cosplayer, a die-hard Sailor Moon fan, or just someone who appreciates a well-made costume, check out #28DaysofBlackCosplay, a month-long Twitter campaign celebrating the diversity and creativity of black fandom. [Twitter]
Zack Davisson reviews Furari and Venice, the late Jiro Taniguchi’s final translated works. [World Literature Today]
Speaking of manga masters, Kazuo Umezu was awarded the Heritage Prize at the 45th Angouleme International Comics Festival for Watashi wa Shingo (My Name is Shingo), a manga about a sentient robot. [Japan Times]
Seven Seas announced plans to publish Fumita Yanagida’s Tomo-chan Is a Girl!, the story of a boyish girl with a crush on her (male) best friend. [Go Manga]
David Brothers makes a guest appearance on this week’s Shonen Jump Podcast. On the agenda: One Piece, My Hero Academia and The Promised Neverland. [VIZ Media]
Not sure what to read next? Brigid Alverson sorts the wheat from the chaff, compiling a list of eight new and continuing series arriving in bookstores this month. [B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog]
Did you know that unsold manga is recycled as toilet paper? Me neither. [SoraNews 24]
The latest Kanta on Manga column examines The Violence Action, a manga about an aspiring bookkeeper who moonlights as an assassin. [The Japan News]
Party like it’s 1985! Artist Yusuke Murata (One-Punch Man) and scriptwriter Bob Gale announced plans for a Back to the Future sequel, to be serialized on the Kono Manga ga Sugoi website. No word yet on a release date, but the preliminary art looks good, and Gale is a pro: he was one of the screenwriters for the original Spielberg film. [SyFy Wire]
In a recent profile of Olympic skater Jason Brown, reporter Patricia Lockwood waxed rhapsodic about Yuri!!! On Ice. “There is something particular about where the mind goes when you watch skating,” she observes. “It glides along with the action. The turns happen inside the head, the jumps float right up to the top of the skull. You are alone in a spotlight. Part of the genius of Yuri!!! On Ice is to present Yuri’s skates as interior monologues made physical.” [The New York Times]
*ICv2 defines ‘Author’ Graphic novels as “creator-owned or -controlled properties.” Examples include Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead and Brian K. Vaughan’s Paper Girls. There is substantial overlap between the ‘Author,’ Adult, and Manga lists.