[PR] Digital Manga Weekend Harlequin Promo!

Harlequin Weekend Promo

12/03/2009

Harlequin titles are now available on eManga! And for a limited time only, we’re running a special offer for these Harlequin titles.

When you rent any Harlequin book for 200 points, you will automatically receive a promo code for 50 points.  And, when you rent the book again to keep it, you will receive another promo code for 25 points!

These codes will be sent to your email.  To use your points, just redeem the code on the eManga website.  This code is one-time use, has no expiration date, and is transferable.  The points are just like any other points purchased on eManga and are good towards any rental.

This promotion begins at noon (12:00pm PST) on Friday, December 4th, and ends at noon (12:00pm PST) on Wednesday, December 9th.

Enjoy reading the Harlequin books!

[PR] Digital Manga Publishing and Softbank Creative bring Harlequin manga to eManga.com!

Gardena, CA (December 3, 2009) – Digital Manga Publishing, one of the manga industry’s most unique and creative publishers,is proud to announce their online collaboration in making Harlequin romance manga available online at eManga.com! Harlequin Enterprises Limited (www.eHarlequin.com) is a global leader in series romance and one of the world’s leading publishers of women’s fiction. Harlequin manga are comic adaptations of Harlequin’s romance novels and are currently digitally distributed by Harlequin and SOFTBANK Creative internationally. Harlequin manga will now be available for rental through eManga’s online manga service, bringing the manga versions of the popular Harlequin romance novels to the US for English readers to enjoy!
 
Beloved by readers the world over, Harlequin has shipped 5.8 billion novels worldwide since its inception. In 1998, Harlequin Enterprises Limited began licensing their novels to Japanese publishers, culminating in the creation of Harlequin manga, which are drawn by various shojo mangaka, and geared towards teenage and adult women. Now, twenty of these titles will be available through eManga.com for rental alongside Digital Manga’s own rental library. These twenty titles have never before been available in their print manga form in the US, until now.
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Itazura Na Kiss Vol 1 by Kaoru Tada Manga Review

 

Title: Itazura Na Kiss Vol 1

Author: Kaoru Tada

Publisher:  DMP

ISBN: 9781569701317

May Contain Spoilers

It is always refreshing when a publisher thinks outside of the box and licenses a title that is different and a little risky.  Itazura na Kiss is an older, classic shoujo title, and many potential readers might be brought up short by the older style of art.  I have to admit that the illustrations are a bit old-fashioned, but it is so expressive and has a lot of charm, so it isn’t a deal breaker.  It is also very easy to follow along with each and every one of Kotoko’s exaggerated emotions as she stumbles through the slapstick misadventure that is her life. 

Things quickly go sour for the plucky Kotoko – she confesses her feelings to Naoki, the smartest guy in school, but he brutally rejects her, without even reading the letter she poured her heart into. Publically humiliated, things go from bad to worse when Kotoko’s family home is demolished in an earthquake, and she and her father have to move.  Taken in by his best friend from school, Kotoko is shocked, then appalled, to learn that she’ll be sharing her new digs with Naoki and his family.  Oh, the humiliation never ends!

Kotoko and Naoki are polar opposites, and one wonders how the two could ever become a couple.  Naoki is brilliant, rumored to possess an IQ of 200, and he’s handsome and athletic to boot.  Kotoko is in the bottom of her grade, in the F class with the rest of the struggling students who have a snowball’s hope in hell of getting into college.  She also drifts through life, content to take things one day at a time.  She’s the type of girl who waits until the very end of school break to work on all of her homework, while Naoki has had it completed from day one.

The interaction between the two is priceless, and there is a lot of humor packed into the pages because they are so different and they play off of each other so well.  Naoki always looks like someone is holding a small turd under his nose, and he is withdrawn and cynical.  Kotoko, on the other hand, wears her heart on her sleeve, is loud and emotional, and never stops to think before diving head first into new situations.  Her impulsiveness causes so many headaches for Naoki, it’s no wonder the guy wants her out of his life ASAP!

DMP has done an impressive job bundling this book together.  I love the smaller trim size, and at 320+ pages, it packs an entertaining punch.  The dialog flows smoothly, and the typesetting really caught my attention.  There are many different fonts used throughout, each effectively adding a nuance to a particular scene.  There are rough, choppy letters when Naoki’s younger brother keeps a project journal, and big, bold letters when Kotoko is overcome with joy.  This was a great touch that enhanced the overall presentation.

I enjoyed this first volume of the series, with one reservation; Naoki and his little brother are such snobs that it takes a bit to forgive them for being so mean.  While their behavior goes to humorous extremes, there were a few times when I felt really sorry of Kotoko.  The poor girl has absolutely no chance against them in a match of wits, and it’s only when it comes to unbridled enthusiasm that she has them beat.  I hope they both learn to loosen up a little as the series progresses. 

Grade: B+

Review copy provided by DMP

(PR) Limited Edition Makoto Tateno Yellow Cell From Digital Manga Publishing Available At Yaoi Con & Akadot!

Gardena, CA (October 8, 2009)- Digital Manga Publishing, one of the industry’s most innovative and unique manga companies, is pleased to present this amazing limited edition cell of Makoto Tateno’s Yellow characters, Taki and Goh! Limited to a run of only 250 units, each cell is individually hand-painted in Japan, then signed individually by Makoto Tateno. Each will also be marked with its number out of the 250 run, and will be framed and matted. This is a unique opportunity to own a beautiful piece of framed, signed art, that will be run only once and in an extremely limited amount by a renowned mangaka! Beginning in December 2009, you will be able to purchase this lovely art only from Akadot Retail (www.akadot.com), and Yaoi Club (www.yaoiclub.com)! Each piece will run $195.

Since Makoto Tateno will be Digital Manga Publishing’s guest at Yaoi Con 2009, we will have available a limited amount of 30 cells just for Yaoi Con! And we’ll be offering the 30 available at a special price, $175! They’ll be the first 30 from the run, so if you’re a big Makoto Tateno fan, it’ll be your opportunity to own this cell in hand at Yaoi Con! It’ll be a great time to own some great new Yellow merchandise, the new Yellow Omnibus Vol. 1, collecting volumes 1 and 2 of the original series, and Yellow 2: Episode 1, the return of Taki and Goh after five years away, never before published in the US! 

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[PR] DMP is excited to announce that Yaoi Press titles now available on eManga!

Digital Manga Publishing and Yaoi Press are excited to announce Yaoi Press titles now available on eManga!

Gardena, CA (September 28, 2009) – Digital Manga Inc., one of the industry’s most innovative and unique companies, is excited to announce eManga’s latest online rental titles from Yaoi Press, as they bring their favorite yaoi titles to eManga! Yaoi Press publishes global yaoi in a host of different languages, with over 45 publications to date. They have brought great yaoi creators from around the world, including Studio Kosen of Spain and M.A. Sambre of France to the US, and have helped develop yaoi within the Western market outside of creators in Japan. With their continued commitment to yaoi publishing and dedication to readers, Digital Manga Publishing is excited that Yaoi Press will be coming on board to share their amazing titles with yaoi fans everywhere!  The first titles from Yaoi Press are Yaoi Hentai Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, now available at www.emanga.com

Featuring complete titles for rental and free previews from Digital Manga’s entire catalog, eManga streams content through an Adobe Flash player, which allows readers to access their library wherever they have an internet connection. With custom features that include two-page, one-page, or panel-by-panel reading, three custom zoom options, a bookmark bar, and auto play, the reader is also made to work with different screen sizes to maintain great image quality at any screen size. 

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[PR]Digital Manga Publishing presents Games With Me, brand new for online rental on eManga!

Gardena, CA (September 24, 2009) – Digital Manga Publishing, Inc., one of the industry’s most innovative and unique companies, is proud to present a new title on its online rental and manga viewing site, eManga.com!  Games With Me, by writer Tina Anderson and artist Linsley Brito, is a historic yaoi set in San Francisco’s 19th century Chinatown. An original German manga published in 2009, Games With Me marks the beginning of eManga’s initiative to offer readers a variety of non-Japanese contents on the site. Games With Me is currently unavailable in print form in the U.S.

Featuring complete titles for rental and free previews from Digital Manga’s entire catalog, eManga streams content through an Adobe Flash player, which allows readers to access their library wherever they have an internet connection. With custom features that include two-page, one-page, or panel-by-panel reading, three custom zoom options, a bookmark bar, and auto play, the reader is also made to work with different screen sizes to maintain great image quality at any screen size.

The standard eManga rental package is $10 for 1000 points, with entire books averaging between 200 and 300 points. Higher packages come with free bonus points.  Points are kept in user’s accounts, allowing for quick and easy rental of titles whenever and wherever they want. For most of Digital Manga’s titles, you also have the option to read the entire book by spending eManga points to "rent" the title for a limited amount of time (currently 72 hours). If you later decide to rent the same title again, it will be automatically upgraded to an "unlimited" rental, which does not have time restrictions.

We invite you sample or read Games With Me at our eManga site. Visit eManga at: www.eManga.com

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(PR) DMP proudly presents the Little Butterfly Omnibus and special exclusives for Yaoi Con!

Gardena, CA (August 27, 2009)- Digital Manga Publishing is proud to present their newest reissue, the Little Butterfly Omnibus! Collecting the now out of print three volumes of Little Butterfly, the omnibus edition spans over 560 pages! Hinako Takanaga has long been a fan favorite and her Little Butterfly manga, one of the early yaoi titles printed by Digital Manga Publishing, quickly became a top seller, and has continued to be one of the most requested manga series in the Digital Manga library. Finally, the three beautiful issues of Little Butterfly will be available in this limited omnibus edition!

As a special thank you to our fans, Digital Manga Publishing will make exclusively available at Yaoi-Con only, a limited number of the Little Butterfly Omnibus for purchase! The street date is not until February 2010, and we will only be making the book available for Yaoi-Con attendees! After Yaoi-Con, the book will not be available until it ships to stores next year. So come to Yaoi-Con to own this beautiful title, way, WAY ahead of it’s ship date!

Also at Yaoi-Con, in honor of our amazing guest, Makoto Tateno, Digital Manga Publishing will have early advances of the Yellow Omnibus: Volume 1 AS WELL as early advances of Yellow 2: Episode 1 for con attendees! Yellow has remained one of Digital Manga’s best selling titles, and Yellow 2: Episode 1 is a special series of short stories written exclusively for cell phones in Japan. Never before published in print, Yellow 2 will be a three episode series of short 64 page booklets following additional adventures of Taki and Goh. Come and get these amazing advances, and then have them signed in person by the amazing Makoto Tateno!

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[PR] Pop Japan Travel will be going to Jump Festa 2010 in December!

Pop Japan Travel will be going to Jump Festa 2010 in December! Meet manga-ka, get exclusive merch, and more!

Gardena, CA (August 26, 2009)- Pop Japan Travel, originator of the best pop-culture tours of Japan, is proud to announce another amazing tour, the Jump Festa 2010 tour! Yes, even though it takes place in 2009-it’s called Jump Festa 2010! Do you love Naruto? Bleach? One Piece? Then check out the Jump Festa festival, put on by Shueisha/Shonen Jump Comics in Japan, which brings out anime and manga from some of the best of the Shonen Jump Comics line-up, including exclusive peeks and the manga-ka themselves! Not only that, some of the biggest video game companies turn out. In 2008, companies like Square Enix, Nintendo and Koei were exhibiting, so don’t miss the chance to see some of the best in Japan this year! To get an idea of what you’re in for, check out the Shonen Jump Festa (*In Japanese) site HERE. And check out pics from last year’s show, just to get an idea. They’ll be showing some great new anime (like Tegami Bachi and One Piece), and so much more! Not only that, you’ll also get to experience Japan in winter, and see the beautiful Christmas-time celebrations and lights all around! It’s going to be a fun and magical tour for everyone that comes aboard! You also have some great options after checking out Jump Festa, including visiting Mt. Fuji, visiting the Tokyo Dome, and more! Plus, you can extend your stay for a small fee to see beautiful Kamakura in the winter. The Jump Festa tour is a great tour for all ages, so feel free to bring the whole family to see Japan in the winter!

The Jump Festa tour is $2298, tax, fuel, and hotels included. But if you sign up now, there is a special $100 early-bird discount! The tentative dates for the Jump Festa tour are December 15th-December 23rd, but are subject to some slight date modifications.  We’re always adding cool things into our tour packages, including special gifts exclusively for tour participants, or special meetings with manga-ka, and so on, so keep checking with us as we get closer to the event! To get more information on the Jump Festa tour, check out the page on Pop Japan Travel: www.popjapantravel.com! If you still have questions, contact our tour personnel via the contact page, who will gladly and quickly answer your questions. We hope to see you soon!

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DIGITAL MANGA’S POP JAPAN TRAVEL is the original and premiere provider of pop culture themed tours of Japan. Since 2003, PJT has operated more than 15 tours with themes focused on Japanese anime, manga, games and more. Pop Japan tours offer a careful balance of the hyper-modern world of J-pop culture and the rich traditions of ancient Japan, and PJT is the ONLY tour agency to provide exclusive experiences such as visits to anime and game studios, meetings with manga artists, and more. Pop Japan Travel tours are organized in cooperation with IACE Travel, one of Japan’s largest travel agencies.

*Artist and author visits are subject to tour and tour package.

**Price does not include Kamakura tour extension.