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Digital Manga Speaks After Yaoi Con 2008

DMP: Lotsa new goodies to be had!

Today I recieved an e-mail from Michelle Mauk from Digital Manga Publishing regarding the recent Yaoi Con convention and there’s plenty of good news to go around! From book announcements made at Yaoi Con, to the state of their imprints, you can read it all under the cut.

First off, the staff of DMP make note of their two new online services, Yaoi Club and eManga. While Yaoi Club is an all-yaoi, all-the-time one-stop shop for boys’ love, eManga offers pay-per-read manga from their library of titles. I previously wrote my initial take on Yaoi Club on it’s opening day.

Some exciting new announcements regarding eManga’s near future include “unique creator based content (dojinshi straight from Japanese creators, available only on eManga), original user and fan content and more mainstream titles, and hard to find/out of print titles.”

Regarding the matter of 801Media, and recent lay-offs, Michelle assures me that 801Media is remaining as is and doing fine.

“801 Media is not closing, or being absorbed into June.  It will remain as it has, it’s own entity, with it’s own special packaging and pricing.  It will not die, and we will not let it die.  All titles are on as scheduled, and in fact, our main priority is making sure they get out on time.”

Two staff members were laid off from production due to the economic downturn of the manga industry. This downtown is also responsible for a neccessary cut of their book production, from 12 books a month to 7. Rachel, a name well known to many of us who’ve been in contact and worked with DMP in the past, has left the company. This was a planned event they’ve known about for a while and Rachel was not let go.

DMP’s other imprint, Doki Doki, is also kicking off in April 2009 with a slew of titles.

Speaking of new titles, here’s what I’m sure most of you are waiting for. Release announcements, including several new licenses!

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Don’t Rush Love by Mio Tennohji: Scheduled for January 2009
Dog X Cat by Yoshimi Amasaki: Scheduled for September 2009
On Bended Knee by Ruri Fujikawa: Scheduled for June 2009
Hey Class President! by Kaori Monchi: Scheduled for May 2009
Ze Vol. 1 -6 by Yuki Shimizu
          Vol. 1: February 2009, Vol. 2: April 2009, Vol. 3: August 2009, Vol. 4: November 2009
LOVE SKIT by Rie Honjyo: Scheduled for October 2009
Kiss Your Hair by DUO Brand: Scheduled for December 2009

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Titles out this winter: 

Blue Sheep Reverie Vol. 1 by Makato Tateno coming December 2008
Hero Heel Vol.3 by Makoto Tateno coming December 2008
Shards of Affection by Duo Brand coming December 2008
Junior Escort (Vol. 1 of 4) by Sakurako Hanafubuki Coming November 2008
Sea View by Ayumi Kano coming December 2008
Tricky Prince by Yukari Hashida coming January 2009
Loveholic 2 by Toko Kawai coming December 2008

Continuing Novel Series:

S Vol. 3 & 4 by Saki Aida/Illustrations by: Chiharu Nara
           Vol.3 coming December 2008, Vol. 4 coming February 2009
Ai No Kusabi Vol. 4 & 5 by Rieko Yoshihara
           Vol. 4 coming November 2008, Vol.5 coming March 2009
Only the Ring Finger Knows vol. 4 by Satoru Kannagi/Illustrated by Hotaru Odagiri coming June 2009

Continuing Series:

Our Kingdom Vol. 6 by Naduki Koujima: Scheduled for March 2009
Il Gato Sul G Vol. 3 by Tooko Miyagi: Scheduled for June 2009
Steal Moon Vol. 2 by Makoto Tateno: Scheduled for September 209
A Strange and Mystifying Story Vol. 2: Scheduled for August 2009
Vampire’s Portrait Vol.2: Scheduled for December 2009
Selfish Mr. Mermaid Vol.2: Scheduled for September 2009
Love Control Vol. 2: Scheduled for July 2009
Flower Of Life Vol. 4 by Fumi Yoshinaga: Scheduled for May 2009

New Announcements!

CUT by Toko Kawai: Scheduled for March 2009
Exotic and Delicious Fate by Ryouko Tsunoda: Scheduled for August 2009
Unsophisticated and Rude by Momoko Tenzen: Scheduled for August 2009
Ludwig 1 and 2 by You Higuri
          Vol. 1 Scheduled for June 2009, Vol. 2 Scheduled for August 2009
La Satanica by Momoko Tenzen: Scheduled for September 2009
Kurashina Sensei’s Passion Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 by Natsuho Shino
          Vol. 1 scheduled for September 2009, Vol. 2 scheduled for December 2009
Boys Love by Kaimu Tachibana: Scheduled for September 2009
Ciao Ciao Bambino by Momoko Tenzen: Scheduled for October 2009
How To Capture A Martini by Makoto Tateno: Scheduled for December 2009

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Princess Princess Plus by Mikiyo Tsuda: Scheduled for April 2009
Train Train 1, 2 & 3 by Eiki Eiki
          Vol. 1 Scheduled for April 2009, Vol. 2 Scheduled for July 2009, Vol. 3 Scheduled for October 2009
Brilliant Blue 1 & 2 by Saemi Yorita
          Vol. 1 Scheduled for May 2009, Vol. 2 Scheduled for August 2009
Color by Eiki Eiki and Taishi Zaou: Scheduled for June 2009
Millennium Prime Minister by Eiki Eiki: Scheduled for October 2009
Happy Boys 1 by Makoto Tateno: Scheduled for September 2009
The Devil Within by Rico Fukiyama: Scheduled for October 2009
Electric Hands by Taishi Zaou: Scheduled for November 2009

Michelle also let me know that several of the series recieved the most noticable loud applause, including Flower of Life (Vol. 04), Train Train and Ludwig. I certainly would’ve joined in with any and all applause! This is a lot of fantastic news, from continuation of some previously released series to the appearance of several great news by a variety of talented manga-ka, we’ve got lots of great titles to look forward to from DMP in 2009! I’m even intrigued by the new coming soon additions to eManga, especially the original doujinshi that will be exclusively distributed through it.

Of course many thanks go to Michelle for the kind and detailed response to my inquiry. Those of us waiting for information from the convention now need wait no longer and have recieved lots of exciting news :)

About the Author:

Lissa Pattillo is the owner and editor of Kuriousity.ca. Residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia she takes great joy in collecting all manners of manga genres, regretting that there's never enough time in the day to review or share them all. Along with reviews, Lissa is responsible for all the news postings to the website and works full time as a web and graphic designer.



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12 Responses

  1. aoi_aka says:

    It took very long to get this. Thank you so much for getting this. I've been going crazy wondering what got licensed.

    Some titles are new some are old news but finally we get newer news of their statuses. I'm really excited for CUT, Kurashina Sensei's Passion, Loveholic, Ze, Our Kingdom…gosh, the list goes on and on. We may finally see these titles hit the shelves. XD

  2. Lissa says:

    You're very welcome, aoi_aka! I was thrilled to get it and even happier to share it fellow fans waiting for these updates :) I realize that some of the titles listed under new announcements have been revealed previously, but I've listed them as Michelle sent them to me. We'll just say this makes them officially-official ;3

  3. danielle leigh says:

    Oh thank god.

    I knew about Hero Heel and Loveholic but to get confirmation on Flower of Life 4 and Il Gato Sul makes me a very happy girl (I would be even happier if they weren't mid-2009) but oh well. At least they are FINALLY scheduled.

    *sigh of relief*

    You rock!

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  5. darkheart says:

    Thank you for posting this!!! I love a lot of the new licenses!! Excuse me while I go run a couple of laps around the block. ^_^

  6. […] Kuriosity updates with some information about new BL (Boy’s Love) licenses and release dates. Release dates for the BL novel series S, Ai no Kusabi, and Only the Ring Finger Knows are out and the Release Schedule and Licensed Light Novels pages have been updated. (They were both updated the other day as well. For instance, the release date of the second volume of Faust is out on Amazon.) […]

  7. […] Pattillo of Kuriousity also corresponds with Mauk, who emphasizes the positive: Digital’s new imprint, Doki-Doki, is still slated to kick off in April 2009, they just […]

  8. Suzu says:

    Thanks for posting! Woah, I need Flower of Life 4!

  9. gia says:

    What on earth is up with that Kurashina title? I just went through the YaoiSuki archives– they originally announced the license at Otakon 2006. O_o;

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  11. Marcella says:

    @gia: I think the Kurashina title was part of the Biblos bankruptcy/Libre thingy. = I wish they had more to say about Cold Sleep or Sweet Whipser.

    Thanks for the news ^__^

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