DramaQueen returns from near-death state
Yaoi manga publisher DramaQueen burst onto the then-burgeoning manga scene in 2005 with ambitious plans for a line of yaoi manga, teen-friendly manhwa (Korean comics), and a quarterly anthology of global yaoi manga. They quickly became known for their excellent licenses and the high production quality of their books. “We treat it like art,” publisher Tran Nguyen told PWCW’s Kai-Ming Cha in 2006. “Our intent is to produce a quality product that is a collectors item.”
Readers loved it. They loved it so much that when DramaQueen’s releases slowed to a trickle, and then stopped altogether, fans reacted with disappointment, dismay, and anger. Nguyen and her staff kept showing up at cons, selling their older releases and holding raucous panels for enthusiastic fans, and periodically they would announce that things were back on track (yeah, they got me with that one), but the books never arrived, and the whole thing took on a Lucy-and-the-football air, with yaoi fans playing the part of Charlie Brown.
Until now. In mid-March, librarian and yaoi blogger Snow Wildsmith spotted an announcement on the DramaQueen website that a new book vol. 1 of The Summit, was in the works. DQ also reset their forum, and an in-house poster is reassuring readers that at least one other title, Mandayuu and Me, will be out this year. But the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so the biggest news in years is simply this: Snow got her copy of The Summit! It seems to still only be available through the DQ site, but the same in-house poster says that it will be available through retail sites soon. Is this the beginning of a new era, or a last gasp before an overly ambitious company collapses? Stay tuned as the thrilling saga continues.