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June 21, 2013

The Weekly Digital Round-Up: AX Information and More!

Hey, did you know? Only two weeks until AX — if you’re headed to the con, come by and say hi at our Akadot booth in the Dealer’s Hall, #438, 440, and 442! Want less shopping and more news? DMP’s industry panel, “Manga Without Borders,” will be held on Thursday, July 4th at 5pm in LP4. Come check us out to learn more about DMP, ask questions, and meet some of our staff! Then join us in the evening on Saturday July 6th in LP4, from 8:30-9:30pm for our Project-H panel, “Ecchi for Everyone.” Everyone over 18, that is! Please remember to bring your ID to attend this titillating night panel.

On the digital front, we’re proud to bring eManga fans even more Weekly Astro Boy Magazine! Issues 11 through 18 are now available and sure to please old fans and Tezuka newcomers alike. If you’re just testing the Tezuka waters for the first time, Manga Report’s Anna has a fantastic run-down of the magazine here!

And for our yaoi fans, Shiuko Kano’s Priceless Honey is now available on eManga – while it’s slated for a late August print release, those of you eager to get your hands on sensei’s work can grab it digitally ahead of time.

Finally, for those of you who missed last weeks post, we’d like to apologize for the delay in the release of The Tyrant Falls in Love and Ze—we’re looking forward to having the delay resolved as soon as we can so we can get the print books headed your way.

Priceless Honey: School janitor Suguri has a second job…as a call-boy! When his work suddenly brings him to the door of a teacher from his school, he’s convinced the whole affair will be unbearably awkward. But Suguri soon discovers that this is one client who loves to indulge his sweet tooth!

Priceless Honey succumbs to sticky-sweet surrender in stories of naive love and indecent lust! Will faces from the past deliver peerless pleasure…or bitter disappointment? Which men will find the courage to take a bite out of the forbidden fruit of love?


Weekly Astro Boy Magazine, 11-18
: Often hailed as the “God of Manga”, Osamu Tezuka draws stories of life, death, and morality His compilation of stories touch upon sci-fi, history, crime, politics, romance, but always raises questions on the human condition and reflects the ambiguity of morality.

11 Comments »

  1. I have purchased your books from the very first solo release. I’m also one of the people who do like digital books. However, I’m no longer going to be purchasing your digital releases for the foreseeable future, if ever again. The print hiatus from near the end of last year to in part “shift our focus to our digital publications” as President Sasahara put it has shown no tangible results from this customer’s point of view. From the beginning it was the exceptional Guild title which did not have quality issues, instead of the other way around. The continuing embarrassing releases were coupled with recurring technical problems such as ill-optimized pages in retailer formats. The new eManga was promised to help rectify such faults. Unfortunately, I’ve only experienced issue after issue such as missing and corrupted pages on my orders from eManga. These required multiple emails to customer service, sometimes regarding the same problem, even on the same purchase. Mistakes happen. Yet, I can’t help but to question whether the company continues to put out eBooks in unacceptable states despite knowing full well about the problems (just as what happened with Ata).

    I would have more confidence in purchasing if it was not so difficult to find useful critical opinion which could help me sort through the releases. Disclaimers are very important in reviews. When a person does not reveal they received a free copy it is deceptive. Nor has DMG helped its image when members of the Guild have reviewed DMG books, in some cases given copies for that purpose despite such a practice raising questions about a conflict of interest.

    With any new and ambitious undertaking a reasonable person would expect bumps and hurdles along the way. But, given the amount of time that has passed now, which seems to strangely leave Digital Manga producing the same poor recurring results, I would have to be foolish or crazy to continue paying for what this company puts out.

    Comment by Once a fan — June 21, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

  2. Sure there’s “printing problems”. It’s called we have 16 more hentai series to print first and maybe we’ll get around to doing that BL stuff afterwards if we haven’t used up all our paper and ink on tits. It wouldn’t hurt nearly as bad if we BL fans had anywhere near the representation in anime/ manga as hentai/yuri fans. But to have a company I used to admire and respect treat us a an afterthought in order to cater to that majority, a group that probably doesn’t even know the name of your company, stings worse than any literal knife in the back.

    Comment by sevi — June 21, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

  3. By the looks of the fourth paragraph, I take it that you read my comment. Thank you for acknowledging what I said. I didn’t see any form of a reason for the delay, however. I hope it really isn’t what sevi mentioned above. Is it really printing issues, or simply more focus on printing and distributing hentai?

    Comment by ladyblackcat — June 21, 2013 @ 10:29 pm

  4. It’s more of a focus of printing and distributing hentai, cause if you take a look at DMI’s release calender there are more and more hentai titles being released every month as apposed to other genres. Even during their printing blackout all other genres were affected by it but hentai. DMI has pretty much lost my money, where as before I was willing to give unknown mangaka that this company published a chance, I’m going to stick to the 6 titles I really want and will be spending my money else where.

    Comment by grooveygirl — June 22, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

  5. Eh, it probably really is a hold-up with the printing. Because they had a last-minute panic attack and decided they needed to censor ZE further, thus a reprint is underway.

    …That’s my conspiracy theory, and I’m sticking to it…

    Comment by Still Waiting — June 23, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

  6. Yeah, I always wondered why only hentai didn’t get affected by the print hiatus. Independent funds? Buy yeah, like everyone else I hate having to wait so long. “Yaoi for everyone” anyone? :P I REALLY hope there wont be any huge delays like this in the future.

    Comment by seny — June 23, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

  7. As conspiracy theories go, I won’t be surprised if they offer ZE and Tyrant at Anime Expo,

    Comment by losin — June 24, 2013 @ 9:27 am

  8. There have been a lot of digital BL though, yet at the same time all the hentai that came out have been digital as well. Although still I’m not saying there can’t be hentai, I just want my fair share too. :P

    Comment by seny — June 25, 2013 @ 9:26 am

  9. The ratio of hentai to BL is irrelevant. The problem is the utter lack of commitment to publishing the BL titles that have been promised, regardless of the number. The fact that the number is relatively small only serves to highlight the absurdity of the repeated delays.

    Sitting on licenses that were acquired ages ago, demonstrating next to zero interest in putting out the remaining volumes of various series, and continuously reshuffling the release schedule is only earning you a lot of irate BL fans who are becoming less and less interested in giving you their hard-earned cash. I suggest you either fix whatever’s broken stat or give us a legitimate explanation for what’s been going on (or, preferably, both). A bit of transparency can really only help you at this point…

    Comment by Still Waiting — June 25, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

  10. It’s actually printing issues – we’re not certain what the hold-up is with some titles as opposed to others and have been pursuing answers for some time. The yaoi side of the office was looking forward to Tyrant’s release, and we’d really like to see it arrive as soon as possible.

    Comment by admin — June 28, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

  11. Still Waiting, about your conspiracy regarding censoring vol. 7 of ZE, you’re not far off. To me, censorship on manga is nothing short of vandalism.

    Comment by ladyblackcat — July 5, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

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