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One Piece

One Piece

Publishing | Taking a page from its “Naruto Nation” initiative, Viz Media will publish volumes 21-53 of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece between January and June at a rate of five books a month. Announced Friday at Anime Expo, the accelerated schedule is an effort to move the North American release dates closer to those in Japan, where Vol. 53 shipped in March. Viz’s Shonen Jump magazine also will publish the latest One Piece chapters from Japan beginning this fall. Lori Henderson provides commentary. [Anime News Network]

Publishing | Also at this weekend’s Anime Expo, DC Comics’ CMX imprint announced several new manga licenses for spring 2010. [About.com, ANN]

The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck

The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck

Publishing | Combing Amazon.com, Arthur de Wolf discovers a reprint of The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck among the upcoming Disney comics releases from BOOM! Studios. [Disney Comics Worldwide]

Sales charts | The top spots on The New York Times’ Graphic Books Best Seller List are the same as last week — Final Crisis, Watchmen and Bleach, Vol. 27 — but the lower positions in the paperback category are a little more interesting, with two volumes of Scott Pilgrim and the latest collection of Empowered making appearances. [ArtsBeat]

Publishing | Kim Thompson, co-publisher of Fantagraphics, discusses the ins and outs of translating graphic novels. [Omnivoracious]

The 99

The 99

Publishing | U.K. newspapers pick up on the announcement last week of a planned miniseries featuring DC Comics’ Justice League and Teshkeel Comics’ Islamic superheroes The 99. They also home in on some of the more unfortunate fan reaction online: “Muslim-pandering, anyone? Thank you, Time Warner, for showing us whose side you’re on. I guess we can add you to the list of traitorous companies who have forgotten 9/11.” [The Guardian, Telegraph]

Publishing | DC Comics Art Director Mark Chiarello talks about the company’s latest weekly miniseries Wednesday Comics, which debuts this week. [Star-Bulletin]

Creators | Ben Machell briefly profiles artist Kevin O’Neill: “Never ask the readers what they want in this business because they always ask for the same things — superheroes and future war: they want what they’ve had. But what they really want is what they’ve not been given.” [Times Online]

Creators | Tom Spurgeon interviews cartoonist Carol Tyler. [The Comics Reporter]

Undertown

Undertown

Comic strips | The Los Angeles Times whittles its Sunday comics section from eight pages to six, and drops Tokyopop’s Undertown and Jan Eliot’s Stone Soup. [The Los Angeles Times]

Comics | John Kricfalusi, creator of The Ren & Stimpy Show, offers praise for the work of Wayne Boring, who was the primary Superman artist during the 1950s: “One thing I love about Wayne Boring is that he draws the cranium smaller than the jaw.” [John K Stuff]

Comics | In case you’ve not seen them yet: a pair of “remixes” of the first issue of Justice League: Cry for Justice. [Digital Femme, Every Day is Like Wednesday]

Process | FreakAngels artist Paul Duffield walks through the coloring process. [FreakAngels]

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-”artist Kevin O’Neill: “Never ask the readers what they want in this business because they always ask for the same things — superheroes and future war: they want what they’ve had. But what they really want is what they’ve not been given.”

There is *some* truth to that, but it’s not absolute. True, people tend to stick to the tried-and-true out of fear of the new, the unknown. It’s also true that familiarity leads to boredom. The trick is finding WHAT is going to be the next big fad, when even the public itself doesn’t know- and the creators don’t, either; most of the times, “Don’t listen to the fans” is just an excuse for a writer to do things HIS way and not really because he’s figured out what will make a series sell. The wisest thing to do then, is to *continue* publishing what the public expects, while also experimenting on the side, and *if* those experiments work, then give them more room.

So, not only are they going to not get the Life and Times of Scrooge back into print until next year, they’re going with a hardcover that’s quite a bit more than the tpb was.

“Publishing | Taking a page from its “Naruto Nation” initiative, Viz Media will publish volumes 21-53 of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece between January and June at a rate of five books a month. Announced Friday at Anime Expo, the accelerated schedule is an effort to move the North American release dates closer to those in Japan, where Vol. 53 shipped in March. Viz’s Shonen Jump magazine also will publish the latest One Piece chapters from Japan beginning this fall. Lori Henderson provides commentary. [Anime News Network]”

Oh f*** yes! I was following this news and the last I heard was that it was delayed because of something to do with the anime streaming. Oh man, I’m so stoked because One Piece is my favorite manga and there’s a reason it’s the number one selling manga in Japan (even surpassing Dragon Ball at this point).

Hopefully they won’t be solicited all at the same time like the last Naruto batch was. 10 at once was tough but I can do four or five a month.

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