Updates 7/20: SDCC 2019—announcements and awards!

 July 20 UPDATE #2! 

Kodansha Comics and Vertical made new announcements for upcoming seasons in 2019!

Kodansha Comics x  comiXology Originals: Initial D

Initial D Volumes 39-48 by Shuichi Shigeno
Finally completely translated in English for the very first time! Learn how the all-time, high-octane manga bible of  Japanese street racing concludes with comiXology and Kodansha Comics releasing Volumes 39-48 of Initial D today. More than a manga: Initial D spawned a global craze with a legendary anime adaptation, video games, movies, and of course the immortally beloved techno soundtrack. 

Digital-firsts: Four new shojo series kicking off—starting in August!

Vampire Dormitory by Ema Toyama The new manga from shojo hit-machine Ema Toyama, creator of Missions of Love and Aoba-kun’s Confessions, about a poor girl whose encounter with a bishonen vampire leads her down a dark path … Coming August 20!

Atsumori-kun’s Bride-to-be by Taamo A new country-girl/city-boy romance from Taamo, the hit creator of House of the Sun and I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World! Coming August 27!

Smile Down the Runway by Kotoba Inoya A charming new comedy about a high-school girl chasing down the dream of becoming a high-fashion model. Her ambitions literally hit a ceiling, though, when she stops growing—and her only chance might be to team up with a talented-but-overlooked designer classmate!  Coming September 3!

Queen Bee By Shizuru Seino A new high-school romantic comedy about a potentially very mismatched odd couple—misunderstood and monstrous Hirata and popular Touma-kun! Coming September 10! 

VOFAN coming to America—at Anime NYC 2019!

Yes! Taiwanese master artist VOFAN (illustrator of the MONOGATARI novel series) is coming back to America—at Anime NYC 2019! Dates are November 15-17 at Javits Center. Plus a new art book coming in October! More details soon

July 20 SDCC Update #1


Big congratulations to the great Akiko Higashimura for winning an Eisner Award last night in the “Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia” category for her magisterial Tokyo Tarareba Girls!

Original July 16 post


Heeeeeey, c’est moi, Kacey, a.k.a. the intern of Kodansha Comics. Maybe I look to you a bit more ruffled than I did the last time you saw me? Yeah, I know. That’s because I’ve been wandering the dusty road of convention season all summer to bring you the good news about manga! A-and this weekend, Kodansha Comics and Vertical will be headed to “America’s Finest City” for the biggest comics  party convention of the year!

Come visit us at Kodansha Comics Booth #1631 for a photo op with Takumi and his legendary race car from Initial DAnd get this: For 3 days only,  the first 100 fans who share a photo from our booth on social media with hashtag #Initial D will receive a Comic-Con Limited Edition Initial D Air Freshner to keep your car smellin’ fresh! Don’t miss your chance! This offer is only on July 18-20 at the Con, while supplies last!




Initial D Sweepstakes! 

So, bummed you’re not at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, but still gotta get your hands on that limited-edition Initial D Air Freshner? We got you covered! Take this survey before August 20 to enter for a chance to win it, no matter where you are! 


ComiXology Originals Sale featuring Initial D

So, just a little late to the game and only found out now that you can read all of the Initial D manga, finally, all the way to the end? Kodansha Comics and comiXology have been partnering up to revive some amazing manga classics like BECK, MARS, and You’re My Pet as comiXology Originals! To showcase those series, this week we’re hosting the comiXology Originals Sale! …More Details 

Kodansha Comics + Vertical Panel

Saturday July 20 11:30am-12:30pm
Where? Room 8 

Anime Expo wasn’t the end … We’ll have some exciting new announcements at our SDCC panel on Saturday, July 20! Curious? Check back on this page for a recap from sunny San Diego! 

Stay tuned for more updates from Kodansha Comics + Vertical at San Diego Comic-Con!