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Digital comics | Casey Baseel has more details on Kadokawa’s new digital manga service ComicWalker, which will launch on March 22. The service will include a mix of original comics and manga that are currently serialized in Kadokawa’s magazines, such as Shonen Ace. The comics will be available in English and Chinese as well as Japanese, although initially just 40 will be translated. Kadokawa hopes to add French translations as well, to bring in readers in France and French-speaking Africa, which is not well served by manga publishers right now. The first three chapters of each series will always be available for free; collected editions will be available online two weeks after print publication and will remain available, for free, until the next volume comes out. The idea is clearly to use digital to entice people to buy the volumes in print, and to draw new readers to older series, Kadokawa is adding color pages to the classics Mobile Suit Gundam and Neon Genesis Evangelion. [Japan Today]
Declan Shalvey’s friendship with Stephen Mooney stretches back nearly a decade, to before either Irish creator was well known in the United States. So when the Moon Knight artist pitched ROBOT 6 the idea of interviewing Half Past Danger creator Mooney about the hardcover collection, arriving Jan. 29 from IDW Publishing, we didn’t hesitate to say yes, thinking the conversation would offer terrific insight into their relationship, their careers, the Irish comics scene and, of course, Mooney’s Nazis vs. dinosaurs adventure.
As it turns out, we were right.
With today being St. Patrick’s Day, we thought the best way to ring in the holiday was to highlight a little Irish flavor that exists in comics. And who better to do that than the lads at the sketchblog the Eclectic Micks.
EclecticMicks.com is a collection of pro comics artists who happen to be Irish. The line-up includes Angel‘s Stephen Mooney, Thunderbolts artist Declan Shalvey, The Secret of the Kells animator Tomm Moore and several others. Every day they promise a new sketch, with each artist responsible for a certain day’s content.
And either by planning or pure happenstance, one of the group — Declan Shalvey to be exact — has worked up a new take on his fellow countryman… the Irish mutant Banshee. Head on over to the site for some more art — and perchance some more shamrock surprises!