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NYCC Day 2 and 3: Quick and Dirty Highlights 
21st-Apr-2008 04:13 pm
Candybar Doll
In case you missed it on my Twitter.

-VIZ Media: Bleach profiles book and artbook; Vagabond "VIZBig" omnibuses, Inoue artbooks Sumi, Water; Solanin by Inio Asano; Black Lagoon by Hiroe Rei

-VIZ Media: Hikaru no Go!, The Prince of Tennis, and Fullmoon wo Sagashite anime series on indefinite hiatus

-Del Rey: Gakuen Prince, Samurai 7, Sayonara, Zetsubo-sensei by Kumeta Koji, Case of the Dragon Slayer novel by Kadano Kouhei

-Yen Press: Yen+ magazine Japanese serials: Soul Eater, Nabari no Ou, Sumomo Momomo, Bamboo Blade, Higurashi (all Square Enix titles); Yen+ magazine US/Korean serials: James Patterson's Maximum Ride (illust. by Narae Lee), Nightschool by Svetlana Chmakova, Pig Bride, Jack Frost

-DMP: Swallowing the Earth by Tezuka Osamu

-Dark Horse: Clover omnibus by CLAMP in 2009

-Dark Horse: Re: CLAMP's Mangettes w/simultaneous release in US, Japan, and Korea--CLAMP is so secretive that DH knows hardly anything about the storyline. Their marketing director sounded exasperated, not coy, when I asked about it, which means that this is the truth.

-CMX: Jihai by Nigoshi Toshimi, Venus Capriccio, Ballad of a Shinigami, Suiheilibe!, Fire Investigator Nanase, Astral Project.

-T.M. Revolution concert: I'm not a fan or familiar with the songs, so it was basically undifferentiated noise to me. But I was in the front row (press box), and I got a very up close and personal look at the guy. (He's cute, I suppose.) T.M.R. was surprisingly comfortable with English and did songs from Gundam Seed, Rurouni Kenshin, and Soul Eater. The concert lasted for over an hour and a half. Those fans that were there seemed absolutely thrilled.

-TOKYOPOP: Unofficial rumor is that they are licensing the Kyou Kara Maou! novels.
21st-Apr-2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your real-time updates! ^__^

Pity we didn't get to know much about Mangettes this time, maybe they'll reveal more at the San Diego edition.

It's weird that CLAMP is so secretive about it, though, isn't it? I'm not saying Dark Horse representatives were lying, because you well said they weren't, but they signed a deal with CLAMP without even knowing what they'll be publishing xDDD They really trust them entirely. I'm not complaining XD

About CLOVER, I was surprised since I had e-mailed them and they told me Amazon listing was incorrect. But oh well.

Thanks again ^__^
21st-Apr-2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
they signed a deal with CLAMP without even knowing what they'll be publishing

Of course they did. The changes in the field have left DH in particular hurting manga-wise. They desperately need a female audience, and CLAMP's the only surefire way to hook women in. Giving CLAMP total creative freedom is the only way.
21st-Apr-2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
I'm so proud of them ^__^

I'm just surprised that usually it's the other way around. Authors have to send their ideas to many publishers in order to get a contract. But of course, we're talking about CLAMP here, they're sucessful and stablished mangakas by now.

I don't think that "CLAMP" doesn't want to reveal details about the story, though. They have no reason to hide it. I'd say they are still working on the storyline and characters, before letting DH know about it. I wouldn't be surprised if they're not effectively working on it just yet, they're pretty busy ^^"

Oh, by the way, I would like to ask you something, do you know anything about this: http://community.livejournal.com/clamp2share/194073.html
21st-Apr-2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
CLAMP has...err..."handlers." Almost like rock stars. From a US publisher's perspective, they are secretive and near-impossible to converse with directly. But, yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if they have only the vaguest idea of what they will be doing in 2009.

I can't see that entry.
21st-Apr-2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
I wanted ANYBODY but Tokyopop to get the KKM novels. Fail.
21st-Apr-2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
If they're like the awful anime, who cares one way or the other? :P
21st-Apr-2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
But I LOVE the anime - LOVE it. It took a little bit to grow on me, but the random silliness just really appealed to me.
21st-Apr-2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
*sighs* I really wanted to love the anime (down the toilet and into another world--hilarious in principle)...but nope. Cheap animation plus going hardly anywhere veeery slowly lost my vote.
21st-Apr-2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
Yea - it really doesn't go anywhere, but the comedy and the characters were what I came to love about it. And, oddly enough, cheap animation doesn't really bother me. Most of the time I don't even notice.
21st-Apr-2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
I'm upset I missed you at the con I had tried to keep an eye out for ya.
21st-Apr-2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
I TOLD YOU the crowd would be too big to meet randomly. >_< And you still don't have a cell phone, right? I got in contact with Chris that way (and then failed utterly to reconnect with him after the crowd swept me into the T.M. Revolution concert).

Just as well. You didn't need to see my ongoing skin infection in person. :P
21st-Apr-2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
Heh. Yeah I need to get a cell phone. I plan to with my new job.
21st-Apr-2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
Email or text me your number when you do get one.
22nd-Apr-2008 12:06 am (UTC)
Sure thing maybe we can hang out more often!
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