Cosplayers: Enter the Kodansha Comics #ComplexAgeContest!

Cosplayers: tell us how cosplay changed your life for a chance to win a set of Complex Age manga!

As Nagisa and her friends have taught us in Complex Age, you’re never too old to cosplay—but it isn’t always easy to keep that in mind. Still, in moments of self-doubt, a strong community of cosplayers does wonders to bring and bond people together, creating lifelong friendships—and we want to know how cosplay has changed you. 

From September 13 to October 11, enter the Kodansha Comics’ #ComplexAgeContest—and tell us how your cosplay has changed as you’ve gotten older. Do you feel more comfortable in yourself and your work? What challenges have you had to overcome? Show us your best Kodansha Comics character cosplay and tell us a bit about yourself for a chance to win a complete set (volumes 1 through 6) of Complex Age!

And don’t forget—be sure to tag us in your post, and use the hashtag #ComplexAgeContest

We look forward to seeing your cosplay and hearing your amazing cosplay stories!

Manga Vacation Week #3: new 99-cent digital volume 1s this week Jan 10-Jan 16!

Have a Nice Manga Vacation!

This week, we're offering Sweetness and Lightning, Fire Force, Cells at Work, and other fresh Kodansha Comics digital volume 1s for only 99 cents! But hurry, this offer lasts only one week January 10 through January 16 at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Where do you want to go for your manga vacation?

What's on Sale This Week (January 10-January 16) 
(free previews at the links!)

Kiss Him, Not Me Volume 1
Sweetness and Lightning Volume 1
Complex Age Volume 1
Welcome to the Ballroom Volume 1
Happiness Volume 1
Cells at Work! Volume 1
The Ghost and the Lady Volume 1
Fire Force Volume 1 
Mysterious Girlfriend X Volume 1
Devil's LIne Volume 1
To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Volume 1
That Wolf-Boy is Mine Volume 1
Livingstone Volume 1
Princess Jellyfish Volume 1

Our Manga Vacation sales list updates every Tuesday this winter. Check back next Tuesday January 17 at KodanshaComics.com for more deals!

Coming 2016: Queen Emeraldas, Forget Me Not, Complex Age

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NEW YORK, NY (July 27, 2015) – At their panel at Otakon this weekend, Kodansha Comics announced they will publish the classic Queen Emeraldas from the legendary creator Leiji Matsumoto, the popular romance series Forget Me Not, as well as the cosplay manga Complex Age.

Beginning in July 2016, Kodansha will publish the 1978 space opera Queen Emeraldas in its first-ever English release. Artist Leiji Matsumoto, possibly best known for his involvement with Space Battleship Yamato, which aired in North America as Star Blazers, is a superstar in Japan and Europe (he directed a feature-length music video for Daft Punk in 2003) but has long been absent from the American manga market. One of his most beloved creations, Queen Emeraldas follows young man Hiroshi Umino after he sneaks aboard a spaceship in order to leave Earth. Queen Emeraldas is coming in July 2016 and will be published in two large-format, hardcover volumes of over 400 pages each.

Known in Japan as Soredemo boku wa kimi ga sukiForget Me Not is a manga by Nao Emoto based on the popular novel by Taiwanese author Mag Hsu. Serizawa was walking home from work one day when he was struck by a truck. Woozy and injured, he remembers a woman taking him to safety. It was someone he recognized… but who? It’s a romance manga with a dose of mystery! The first volume of Forget Me Not will be released in March 2016.

Kodansha also announced Complex Age, from creator Yui Sakuma, which offers an in-depth look at the life of cosplayer Nagisa Kataura as she gets older and tries to keep her beloved hobby a secret. The series is a thoughtful story sure to resonate with American cosplayers, tackling issues like work-hobby balance, jealous cosplay rivals, and dealing with harassment. Kodansha will start publishing the series is special large-format paperbacks starting in June 2016.