Dance Blade of the Spirit Master
No Pants, No Problem!
At our Fanime 2014 panel, we announced that Digital Manga will release both Dance Blade of the Spirit Master and No Pants, No Problem! for PRINT and DIGITAL under DMP’s imprint. We will also release Desire in the Viewfinder, the seventh volume of Ayano Yamane’s Finder manga series, volumes 4 and 5 of Kazuma Kodaka’s Border manga, and volume 2 of Kou Yoneda’s Twittering Birds Never Fly. The release date for these titles are TBA.
Saturday, May 24th, 2014 | 12:00PM PST (Noon) | Room Panels 3
The DMI/DMG panel started on time, at 12, noon. — We opened by applauding to the crowd, letting them know this was the biggest response we’ve had for a DMI/DMG panel for all of our conventions of 2014. The first set of slides informed customers of our newest releases, including the newest Kickstarter campaign for Captain Ken. We then explained the workings behind DMG and how it’s like to have your name in a manga. A lot of people scooted to the front of their seats to learn about the behind the scenes process of translating, editing and lettering for manga books. After the panel ended, we received a large handful of questions about our newest licenses, particularly for “No Pants, No Problem”, and more questions about the specifics in becoming a member of the Digital Manga Guild. Press was also there to report on our newest licenses and announcements.
Saturday, May 24th, 2014 | 10:00PM PST | Room Panels 2
Our Project-H panel at Fanime 2014 was a big success. With a line waiting to get in, the Project-H panel was able to open the doors to its fans right on time. The room could seat 800 and from the start, we had about 480 filled. Though fans were stumbling over each other to get a front row seating, we were not able to start the panel on time due to technical difficulties with the large theater screen, provided by the hotel. We improvised and played a game of Jan Ken Pon (Rock Paper Scissors) with the crowd for them to have a chance to earn some free books. There was a tie breaker and both guests had to stand in front of the stage for a “face off” to see who would be the true winner of our hentai manga. We delayed the crowd as much as we could until the Fanime staffers told us there was nothing they could do to remove the technical difficulty. Although there was a large black square covering a part of our presentation, we joked, “It’s okay, we’re used to being censored.” The crowd was very understanding and laughed at our humor.
We gave the crowd an interactive panel that made them “Ooou!” and “Ahh!” over our various slides. Fans were excited to see new titles and the new plans we have for Project-H. As soon as the slides were over, we opened the remainder of the panel for Q&A. Fans had all kinds of questions from, “Can you release yuri?” to “What are the current hentai trends in Japan compared to the US?” Anime News Network was there as press and covered our newest licenses and announcements.
Introducing this year’s, Yaoi-Con 2014 Guest of Honor, Shoko Takaku (高久尚子)!
Takaku sensei will be attending this year’s Yaoi-con 2014 in San Francisco on September 12-14 a the Hyatt Regency hotel. Digital Manga, Inc. (DMI) has licensed a variety of Takaku Sensei’s series which includes, I’ve Seen It All (Boka wa Subete o Shitteiru) in 2012 and released the first 2 volumes under the Juné imprint. The 3rd volume was released in Japan this March, and we are eagerly awaiting the chance to license it! We’ve also published Kissing (Nov. 2006), Shy Intentions (Sept. 2008), as well as Passion – Forbidden Loves + Passsion Vols. 1- 4 (Novels) in which Takaku sensei had illustrated for.
In additional news, SuBlime, a yaoi/boys’ love manga publisher, will also be joining us in our exhibit hall with lots of yaoi goodies to sell.