Japanese Manga Portal Website JManga.com Has Launched in North America
Japan¹s Digital Comic Association (*1), comprised of 39 prominent Japanese manga publishers, has launched JManga.com, the DCA¹s new manga portal website, in North America. The plan to launch JManga.com was also announced at a JManga panel and industry release reception held at Comic-Con International San Diego on July 22nd 2011.
JManga.com provides online manga for sale by chapter and volume, made purchasable using a monthly point subscription system, free previews available to be read by all, as well as information regarding manga currently published in North America. JManga.com also offers special feature content regarding manga culture, such as manga artist interviews, hoping to close the gap between the manga fans, authors and publishers.
JManga.com launches with a couple hundred titles including such diverse titles as; NARUTO, Kekkaishi, Crayon Shinchan, Devil King, Cigarette Kisses, Dragon Girl, Tujiurauri, Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru, Young-kun, ADEKAN, Manga Science, and many more new to the North American market. JManga plans to update their catalog every Tuesday, increasing to a few thousand titles within the next year and onto 10,000 by 2013.
The JManga Portal aims to become a hub to unite readers worldwide more dynamically than ever before providing readers and fans a platform to read manga, interact with one another via forums and other social features both within the site and on staple social networking sites such as Facebook, while at the same time providing a direct link to the artists and publishers that make manga a reality.
*1: The Digital Comic Association
The Digital Comic Association was formed to ensure the robust development of the digital comic industry while paving the way for a new generation of publishing culture. The Association promotes the digitalization of manga and manga culture, as a cultural treasure of Japan, aiming to propel the diffusion of digital comics, alongside manga artists, beginning with Japan and on throughout the world.
JManga Co., Ltd.
JManga Co., Ltd. was established on December 22nd 2010 with the support of the Digital Comic Association and its comprising 39 prominent Japanese publishers. JManga Co., Ltd. designs and operates the JManga portal with the goal of sharing Japan¹s manga culture to as many people as possible worldwide utilizing an official platform that eases the minds of readers and publishers alike. The primary areas of business for JManga Co., Ltd. are manga promotion and digital manga retail, with the goal of contributing, alongside publishers worldwide, to the progression of the manga market as a whole. Current investors include digital comic aggregator and retailer Bitway Co., Ltd. and social media and internet advertising agency CyberAgent, Inc. Further capital investments from various companies in the comic industry are in planning. JManga Co., Ltd. also possesses JManga Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary based in America.