Fall Intern

Random House Publisher Services is seeking a fall intern to assist with the Kodansha Comics manga program. The intern will receive a well-rounded introduction to publishing, including work in editorial, production, marketing/sales processes, and social media. Some responsibilities will include proofreading/editing, database management, art review, data entry, and schedule tracking. There will be numerous administrative duties as well. Students who are familiar with MS Office, FileMaker Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Acrobat Pro are preferred. Familiarity with Japanese is helpful, but not required. An interest in manga or comics is required (applications that do not address this will be discarded). This is a non-paid internship. You must be able to receive credit from your school in order to apply for this position. This is an onsite internship in New York City.

 

Please send your resume and cover letter to kodanshacomics[at]randomhouse[dot]com. Application deadline is August 23rd.

KODANSHA COMICS TO LAUNCH EBOOKS PROGRAM

Over 100 titles included at launch, including New York Times’ bestsellers Attack on Titan and Fairy Tail

NEW YORK, July 6, 2013 – Kodansha Comics, one of the top manga publishers in America, is proud to announce the debut of their eBook program on multiple platforms, including Apple’s iBookstore, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes & Noble Nook.

Series appearing on launch day include Fairy Tail, Genshiken, Missions of Love, and Kodansha’s newest megahit, Attack on Titan.

“As digital is becoming a key part of our manga publishing in Japan, we look forward to starting a program in America,” said Yasumasa Shimizu, president of Kodansha Comics. “Our partnership with Random House gives us access to the widest audience possible, and we look forward to providing our readers with some of the best manga in the world.”

“We’re incredibly excited to help Kodansha launch their eBook program in the United States,” said Jeff Abraham, president of Random House Publisher Services. “Kodansha has been leading the manga bestseller lists lately, and we look forward to seeing the same on the digital charts.”

While the full list debuts on July 16, eager readers can get a sneak peek by downloading two digital samplers on July 9. Titled Kodansha Comics Digital Sampler- REAL and Kodansha Comics Digital Sampler- UNREAL, the two eBooks include full first chapters of all series in the program and together comprise over 1000 pages of free manga, “making for a great introduction to manga for everyone,” added Shimizu.

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ATTACK ON TITAN NOW MONTHLY

New York Times bestseller to join Fairy Tail in Kodansha’s acceleration program

NEW YORK, July 6, 2013 – Kodansha Comics is pleased to announce that Hajime Isayama’s wildly popular post-apocalyptic manga, Attack on Titan, will move to monthly releases starting in August of this year.

Kodansha started publishing Attack on Titan in Japan in 2010, where it quickly grew to become of the company’s hottest new manga in years. The highly-anticipated English version debuted in 2012 from Kodansha Comics, where it immediately hit the bestseller charts. In April 2013, the anime for the series made its debut simultaneously in Japan and in the U.S., and now demand for the series is through the roof. To meet this demand, Kodansha Comics will release a new volume of Attack on Titan every month for the rest of the year, starting in August. The title will release simultaneously in print and digital formats across all major platforms currently supporting manga.

Attack on Titan joins Fairy Tail, which is currently also releasing on an accelerated basis. Fairy Tail, however, is currently seeing two volumes release digitally every month, while the print version stays on a monthly schedule.

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Sankarea Contest Winners

Here are the winners from our Sankarea Contest! We had a lot of good entries this time, so it was tough narrowing it down. After looking at all the entries, we decided on these categories:

Grand Prize – Angelica
The overall winner was Angelica, with her fabulous Sankarea cake! We especially loved the hydrangea cupcakes and the little Bub!

Grand Prize Final

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When Romance and the Undead Collide!

Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
I eat brains
And I want yours, too!

Zombies and love stories go hand in hand, don’t they? Here at Kodansha, we sure think so! To celebrate the release of our new series SANKAREA, we’re holding a contest to celebrate undead love! The rules are simple: please submit something to us that you think combines both the aspects of DEATH and ROMANCE. The sky’s the limit here, and the more creative you get, the better! You could submit:

  • -A ghastly love letter
  • -A romantic undead ballad
  • -A poem written to (or by) an undead lover
  • -Fanart for Sankarea
  • -A Sankarea cosplay photo
  • -A Sankarea cosplay SKIT (gettin’ fancy, aren’t we?)
  • -Zombie cupcakes (in love) (please someone do this!)
  • -Something even MORE awesome that you come up with!

One grand prize winner will receive a Sankarea pillow (complete with guts inside that you can pull out and play with!) and a copy of Sankarea volume 1! Honorable mentions will receive a copy of volume 1.

Sankarea Contest 1Sankarea Contest 2

 

You can submit your entries as a comment on this post or email them to kodanshacomics@randomhouse.com. Entries are due by Sankarea 1's release date– June 11th!

Summer Intern

Random House Publisher Services is seeking a summer intern to assist with the Kodansha Comics manga program. The intern will receive a well-rounded introduction to publishing, including work in editorial, production, marketing/sales processes, and social media. Some responsibilities will include proofreading/editing, database management, art review, data entry, and schedule tracking. There will be numerous administrative duties as well. Students who are familiar with MS Office, FileMaker Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Acrobat Pro are preferred. Familiarity with Japanese is helpful, but not required. An interest in manga or comics is required (applications that do not address this will be discarded). This is a non-paid internship. You must be able to receive credit from your school in order to apply for this position.

 

Please send your resume and cover letter to kodanshacomics[at]randomhouse[dot]com. Application deadline is April 19.

Kodansha Donates to Queens Libraries

Kodansha USA Publishing donated 200 books to help the Rockaway, Queens libraries rebuild their collections after Hurricane Sandy.

“We, the Kodansha USA Group, are delighted to donate our books to help local libraries recover from the damage suffered during Hurricane Sandy. The Japanese people will never forget all the help that the United States provided when Japan was devastated by the Great Tohoku earthquake and tsunami which took place on Mar. 11, 2011, and we’d like to take this opportunity to repay your generosity. The books are our silent ambassadors. And we hope everything is restored as soon as possible, and that the people of Queens enjoy our books,” said Kumi Shimizu, general manager, Kodansha USA Publishing.

Read more here!

Talk About Manga, Get Free Books

Starting right now, we’ll be posting talkback threads on this site for our new books. I hope those of you who pick up our new releases will participate, and to sweeten the pot, we’ll be giving one commenter from each thread a free copy of the next volume in the series they’re commenting on. (So post a comment on the Sailor Moon 9 thread, get a chance to win a copy of Sailor Moon 10.) Check out each thread for more details, and happy reading!

Fairy Tail 23 Manga Talkback

Sailor Moon 9 Manga Talkback

Cage of Eden 9 Manga Talkback

Battle Angel Alita: Last Order 17 Manga Talkback

Air Gear 27 Manga Talkback

Fairy Tail 23 Manga Talkback

ft23This is the talkback thread for Fairy Tail, Vol. 23! Chat about the events of this volume in the comments below. We'll come back to this post in 30 days (on March 25) and randomly choose one poster to receive a free copy of Vol. 24, when it's released on March 26!

Just a few rules:

Be polite and respectful.
We can delete any inappropriate comments for any reason. Deleted comments won't be eligible for the free copy.
No spoilers for those who have read ahead in the Japanese editions, please!

If you don't have Vol. 23 yet, you can pick it up here, on our iOS app or at your local bookstore!