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Manga | Kodansha Comics is teasing the “Biggest ‘Attack on Titan’ Manga Announcement Ever” for its Oct. 8 panel at New York Comic Con. Considering the worldwide popularity, and sales, of Hajime Isayama’s post-apocalyptic fantasy, that’s certainly a bold claim. The series has more than 50 million copies in circulation around the world; 2.5 million of those are in the United States. Kodansha also publishes the manga spinoffs Attack on Titan: Before the Fall and Attack on Titan: Junior High. [Anime News Network, Deb Aoki]
Manga | Attack on Titan has changed the manga market, Kodansha Comics’ top brass tell Deb Aoki, showing that manga can still sell in the millions even after the market slumped, and give publishers a new multimedia model, with spinoff manga and light novels, to build on its success. Hiroaki Morita, editor-in-chief of Shonen Magazine when Attack on Titan debuted, also talks about his early impressions and how he knew the manga would be a hit. Alvin Lu of Kodansha Advance Media also discusses plans for the company’s new digital division, which is publishing digital editions of Kodansha Comics’ current manga but will expand to do digital-first books as well. [Anime News Network]
Cartoonist Mattias Adolfsson’s sketch blog is always amazing, but I was especially tickled by his doodles of literal interpretations of author’s names. In addition the two above, he also drew Oscar Wilde, Günter Grass, Richard Scarry, Norman Mailer and Shakespear (sic). Go, click!
[Update: I don’t know how I forgot to mention it earlier, but I’ve been reminded that Adlofsson’s sketchbook, Mattias Unfiltered: The Sketchbook Art of Mattias Adolfsson is available from Boom!. That’s very much worth checking out.]
So you’re in a low-budget play and the script requires a treasure map. If you’re like me, your best bet is to hit Long John Silvers and pray that they have a placemat or something that you can make do with. If you’re Mattias Adolfsson‘s daughter, on the other hand … oh, wow, are you in luck.