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Comics A.M. | Viz Media executives talk state of manga market

Viz Media

Viz Media

Publishing | Leyla Aker, Viz Media’s vice present of publishing, and Kevin Hamric, its director of publishing sales and marketing, discuss the state of the manga market and how the company’s books are selling through the print and digital channels (including comiXology, where Viz just signed on last month). One interesting tidbit: Viz products are carried by 64 percent of Diamond Comic Distributors’ accounts (i.e., comic shops). “Some of the store owners just don’t understand manga yet,” Hamric said. “They’re like librarians were years ago. They’re afraid of it, but if it’s children’s and Pokemon, or has a tie-in, especially to anime or television, then they’re not afraid to take it.” [ICv2]

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Genius #1

Creators | Marc Bernardin, whose series Genius debuts Wednesday, reflects on race in comics, in the larger society and on his own journey as a comics fan. Published by Top Cow, Genius is about a black woman who brings together the gangs of Los Angeles and tries to secede from the United States. [Wired]

Creators | Katsuya Terada draws the Monkey King in a video shot by Deb Aoki at Comic-Con International. [Manga Comics Manga]

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History | Jessica Flynn looks at the World War I cartoons of Welsh artist Joseph Morewood Staniforth. [Wales Online]

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Fascinating interview with Viz.

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