At last—Attack on Titan 16 on sale now! Special Edition cover by Walking Dead’s Tony Moore

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The wait is over—Attack on Titan volume 16 is on sale now! Links to the print and digital editions here.

Or better yet, get the whole package with the Attack on Titan 16 Special Edition with Playing Cards. This exclusive edition features a terrifying exclusive variant dust jacket by Tony Moore​—co-creator of The Walking Dead and the artist behind Fear Agent—and a set of 54 premium playing cards, each with a different piece of color art from the series. The cards are printed by US Playing Card Company on the same stock and press as their world-famous Bicycle cards. 

Wait there's more! … Four months from now, on December 1, look for the Attack on Titan 17 Special Edition, featuring an exclusive DVD containing an Attack on Titan episode never before released in the U.S. The DVD will contain the half-hour episode "Ilse’s Notebook," a side story animated from the same producers and voice actors as the hit anime series!

This is the first time a side story from the manga has been animated. It was previously only available as part of a limited-edition manga package in Japan. The Attack on Titan 17 Special Edition will be the only way this episode will be available in English, so mark your calendars!

Report from Waku Waku +NYC: new release announcements!

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Breaking news from Waku Waku +NYC —the new Japanese pop culture festival that launched August 29-30 in New York City: 

On the convention floor, at the Kodansha Comics booth, we gave away posters, tattoos, and buttons, and had early copies for sale of

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At our panel Saturday (8/29) afternoon, we did a live translation and lettering of one of our upcoming series! It was a great chance for everybody to see behind-the-scenes of manga publishing. We also made the following new release announcements:

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Fairy Tail: Ice Trail is a spinoff by Yuusuke Shirato of Hiro Mashima’s perennial hit series about an irrepressible wizard guild, which has been adapted into a long-running, popular anime. The new spinoff depicts fan-favorite character Gray Fullbuster’s journey from losing his teacher to becoming a member of the Fairy Tail guild. Fairy Tail Ice Trail, titled Tale of Fairy Tail Ice Trail in Japan, will debut during the 2015 holiday season!

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Noragami: Stray Stories, known as Noragami: Shuishu in Japan, is a collection of more lighthearted short stories from Noragami creator Adachitoka, featuring all the characters fans have come to love and root for. Stray Stories hits stores November 2015, just as the second season of the hit anime will be in full swing!

Due out in spring 2016, Fairy Tail: Master’s Edition 2 will collect volumes six through ten of the hit manga in an enormous 7-by-10.5-inch size on high-quality paper, in the vein of the Attack on Titan: Colossal Edition. The first Master’s Edition is coming to stores this October, and both the first and second Master’s Editions will retail for $39.99.

 

Visit: Kodansha Comics Manga Gallery

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Welcome to the Kodansha Comics Manga Gallery

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Full schedule of Kodansha Comics events at J-Pop Summit in San Francisco

Pop-up location

DG717 Gallery
717 Market Street
San Francisco, California

August 7-9
10-6 daily
free and open to the public

With onsite interactive manga reader presented by Digital Garage

To celebrate the opening of Kodansha Advanced Media's offices in San Francisco, we're putting on a pop-up and online exhibit of artwork from Kodansha Comics manga past and present. Artwork will be shown from the pages of Ajin, Akira, Attack on Titan, Battle Angel Alita: Last Order, Fairy Tail, The Ghost in the Shell, The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Inuyashiki, Knights of Sidonia, Missions of Love, Noragami, Parasyte, Sailor Moon, Say I Love You, The Seven Deadly Sins, Space Brothers, xxxHolic, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, and Your Lie in April.

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We prefer the art to speak for itself, but for those new to this, manga is Japanese comics. It’s an offshoot of comics that’s grown into its own unique brand, of schools and styles, so that it’s become globally instantly recognizable—Japan’s premier pop-culture art form. And whether it’s publishing cultural touchstones such as Sailor Moon or Akira, or the latest international bestseller in Attack on Titan, Kodansha, one of Japan’s largest publishers with an over-100-year-old history, has been synonymous with manga’s growth and the manga world.

The Kodansha Comics Manga Gallery features some of the most important pages in the medium, such as from The Ghost in the Shell, as well as from its most recent hits—such as the much-talked-about Inuyashiki. With this exhibit, we celebrate some of that history—and celebrate the future as well, through digital eyes.   

Special thanks to Andrew Farago and the Cartoon Art Museum, Digital Garage, FOVE, FUNimation, and J-Pop Summit 2015. Exhibit produced by Kodansha Advanced Media.

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Message from Hiroaki Morita
former Editor-in-Chief of Weekly Shonen Magazine

私たち講談社の漫画編集部門は現在、1年間で25万4000ページの漫画を生み出しています。おもしろい作品を読者に届けるために。ただそのことだけを漫画家の方々と一緒に考え続けていたら、結果的に日本で最大級の漫画編集の集団になっていました。その漫画作品はあらゆるジャンルを網羅し、あらゆる人間の感情を描きだし、世界中のあらゆる読者に対応できる作品群となっています。アメリカでもベストセラーとなっている「進撃の巨人」をはじめ、ここにあげた17作品はそのほんの一部にすぎません。このたび、アメリカの方々にも紹介したい漫画がありすぎて、電子書籍を販売するKAMというまったく新しい会社をつくってしまいました。この会社を経由して、一人でも多くの方に私たちが生み出した漫画にふれていただきたいと思います皆様のご支援いただければ幸いです。

Every year manga artists and editors from Kodansha Ltd. make 254,000 pages of manga. All we want is to produce the most exciting manga we can for readers. As a result, we have became one of the biggest manga publishing companies in Japan. Our titles are richly diverse in genre, expressing the gamut of human emotions and can be enjoyed by people from different backgrounds all over the world. The manga series we are showcasing here, including bestsellers like Attack on Titan, are just a small portion of our list. In fact, there are far too many manga series we want to introduce to fans in America. Therefore we’ve even made a new company to help people discover manga in a new way in this digital era. Hopefully, we can encourage even more people to enjoy manga. 

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