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Dark Horse x CLAMP?! 
28th-Jul-2007 09:17 pm
From PW Comics Week:

"Known for such bestselling manga series as Del Rey’s xxxHolic and Tsubasa and Tokyopop’s Chobits, CLAMP, Japan’s superstar all-female manga team, has signed a groundbreaking deal with Dark Horse Books to produce an original manga series beginning in 2009. The deal gives Dark Horse something it has lacked—a powerful shojo manga property in a U.S. market dominated by licensed shojo manga."

Could they have been listening to me?!


Amen for reality checks.
29th-Jul-2007 01:29 am (UTC)
I love how they're doing what doujinshi creators have been doing for years - making 60-70 page mini-perfect bind books and then pulling them together into a 'collection' when the time is right. I just can't get past that title for them...mangette.
29th-Jul-2007 01:33 am (UTC)
I doubt that doujinshi creators generally set out from the get-go to make doorstop anthologies compiling all their thinner books. :P

It sounds more like the US comics industry model these days to me, actually.
29th-Jul-2007 02:02 am (UTC)
Actually yeah - lots of us did, perhaps using the words 'doujinshi' made me sound like I was talking about Japanese creators [and why wouldn't I, it's a Japanese term ^_^] but yeap, Umbrella did it, we did it, and others-- it was always cheaper to make smaller versions of our work, and then combine them into one bigger edition for that special con we all know and love...[but avoiding staples was the key, cuz many fen just didn't like them.]

You're right though, it really is the US comics industry model - they're just avoiding the 'floppy size' and 'saddle stitching', and going for something neat and tidy. Hey, as long as they aren't calling it *JOEL*, they have my support!

29th-Jul-2007 02:08 am (UTC)
Actually yeah - lots of us did

Yeah, I was thinking of Japanese creators. :P Sorry. Anthologies there (the trim size most often smaller, not larger, than the singles) seem to be the sole province of the super-popular and the super-vain.

Oh, wait. One of those applies to you... XD
29th-Jul-2007 02:15 am (UTC)
29th-Jul-2007 03:40 am (UTC)
Actually, I find this news quite interesting. Dark Horse has obviously been reading the writing on the wall as far as manga market trends go for at least the past two years. But I guess after those ill-fated Harlequin manga, they just decided to go straight for CLAMP gold. Could it be the Da Vinci Code route to overall profitability? Though I can't imagine CLAMP comes cheap to anybody. ^^;
29th-Jul-2007 04:24 am (UTC)
Oh hell no, you know they ain't cheap. Yet Dark Horse has always struck me as 'celeb playground' when it comes to licensing. It's like, if you can bring some form of sizable fanbase to the table, they will knock themselves out to make a deal with you. I think making a deal directly with CLAMP is a smart move, 1 think I learned since becoming friends with editors is - 'stupid publishers' exist on both side of the world, and cutting out the middle man [Japanese publishers] is sometimes in everyone's best interest. 0_0.
29th-Jul-2007 04:25 am (UTC)
think = thing. Typing with 1 hand is always bad. >.>
29th-Jul-2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
The ultimate fanboy publisher with the ultimate fangirl mangaka? Sounds like a bad combination^^
30th-Jul-2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
Nah, Ah My Goddess was a Dark Horse staple. I bet they'll likely release something along those lines...
30th-Jul-2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
But if it's along the lines of Oh My Goddess!, it wouldn't *drumrolls* be shoujo! Which would mean that somebody's lyin'...or just confused. (If the latter, it's all about PW.)
30th-Jul-2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
I dunno...they have been releasing smatterings of shoujo [OEL anyway] but I wonder, can they release Manly-Mangettes-4-Manly-Moms. They'd get every penny I have.
30th-Jul-2007 09:59 pm (UTC)

Forget Dark Horse; I just don't see CLAMP fitting that particular bill. :P
31st-Jul-2007 03:03 am (UTC)
That's a title for boys too isn't it? I don't think female readers would be interested in the adventures of a boy and the three goddesses living with him.
31st-Jul-2007 03:22 am (UTC)
I'm sure Gambos can let CLAMP due what they're good at-and later, when anyone dares to call it shoujo, he can stomp up and down, hold his breath, and gripe about how fans are too ate up with gender catagorization in his blog...oh wait, this is Dark Horse isn't it--I was thinking of another publisher.
Hey, anything is possible these days...Spam Mail Hunter is now 'action' comics.
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