Posts Tagged ‘manga’

Wicker Man Studios News, January 1st, 200freakin9

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

New articles up in the writing section of this site…

First, in honor of my new bud Dave Baxter, I decided to run my San Diego Con report from 2006, it was a really good report, one of my personal favorites, plus it talks all about the long tail-ness that Dave talks a lot about these days…

Meanwhile, I posted barb’s “Manly Manga” article from over at MangaLife… she wrote it back in April, I think that ML’s had that baby as an exclusive for long enough now…

Still, I am starting to run out of Barb-only written things… that… won’t… get us in trouble for bringing back up again… but I have a solution… and you’ll be amazed by what it is… more on that later this month, I hope.


Hmm, let’s see… since I last posted here, WMS member Josh Wagner posted a blogthing that I thought was kinda interesting…


Oh yeah, and the new MangaLife is up… I wouldn’t bring this up, but this week it features some stuff from Barb and me, like my spotlight on Vertical, Inc’s BLACK JACK volumes 1 and 2, or the MangaLife RoundTable End-of-Year Wrap-Up, or Barb’s review of volume 2 of Dark Horse’s Ghost Talker’s Daydream…

Aw, just go there. If I may make a suggestion, try going there in Chrome, that seems to work super extra faster than the usual ways. If you take my meaning.


Oh, wait, it occurs to me also that since I was here last I also updated The Park and Barb Show:

It’s Christmas Newsletter time all over again, it’s Christmas in January whee.


So anyway: NewGSGStoryAndExactlyHowItWillBecomeAvailableToYourComputingDevice-Watch: As you know, I have been negotiating with Orcus from Orcusville to hunt down Secret Facilitator Man and ascertain when exactly the new story will go live. Orcus told me that he didn’t have time to find him, much as he’d like the finder’s fee, because he’s on the run from an insane lemur.

However, little did he know, that he did PASS Secret Facilitator Man on the street and didn’t recognize him, which spooked Secret Facilitator Man into getting in touch with me. Secret Facilitator Man said that The Plan will once again start being Facilitated again Secretly as soon as he gets back into the office on Monday.

Okay, fine. So we should have more news on this story by the next time I post here.

I’m just glad I didn’t have to pay Orcus.

More on this news as it develops. I will post all new information the second it becomes functional, so stay tuned for news of this next time, in the news posting we must surely call:

Beautiful Lemur, Wake Unto Me



Friday, November 21st, 2008

Have you read the post right before this one? If not, scroll down and read it first.

Done? Okay, in case you refuse to do that, this is going to be about NORA, a manga from VIZ MEDIA that Barbara and I rewrite/adapt. Okay, now that that’s clear, work with me here…




New Releases Offer A Variety Of Intriguing Fantasy/Action Adventure Tales As Well As New Shojo Titles With A Twist

From Internationally Acclaimed Creators


San Francisco, CA, NOVEMBER 21, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced several eagerly awaited new manga series scheduled for release throughout the Fourth Quarter of 2008.


Seven new series are set to debut, beginning this month, and feature a variety of captivating stories designed to appeal to Teen and Older Teen readers. The new series include BLANK SLATE, NORA: THE LAST CHRONICLE OF DEVILDOM, SOLANIN, CAPTIVE HEARTS, GABA KAWA, WE WERE THERE and ST.  DRAGON GIRL.


We are looking forward to bringing a diverse range of titles in Q4 which will range from slice-of-life stories to romance and more!” says Evelyn Dubocq, Sr. Director of Public Relations, VIZ Media. “As the 2008 holiday season approaches, manga fans will have multiple strong VIZ Media releases to choose from in every genre.”


Blah blah blah… wait for it…


NORA: THE LAST CHRONICLE OF DEVILDOM · Rated “T+” for Older Teens · MSRP: $7.99 US / $9.50 CAN · Available Now!

Nora, an unruly demon, has defied his Dark Liege one too many times. For the sake of his “education,” Nora is sent to live among mortals and enters a bond of servitude with cool-as-ice star student Kazuma Makkari. But this relationship is destined to become a match made in Hell. Kazuma now must learn the ways of the underworld while Nora discovers more about the “real world” than he ever thought possible. When the seal for Nora’s form is released he becomes Cerberus, the vicious dog of disaster. But Nora can only use magic when Kazuma grants him permission, and he doesn’t grant it easily. The Dark Liege wants the pair to team up and crack down on renegade demon factions in the human world, but first they must find a way to get along. NORA: THE LAST CHRONICLE OF DEVILDOM is Kazunari Kakei’s first manga series and originally debuted in Japan’s Monthly Shonen Jump magazine. Blending the conceptual appeal of supernatural cliffhangers like DEATH NOTE with the aesthetic design elements of manga series like FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, the series will appeal to fans of character-based, supernatural genre franchises likeHellblazer and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In Japan, the popularity of NORA: THE LAST CHRONICLE OF DEVILDOM eventually spawned a second series called SUREBREC: NORA the 2nd, which also premiered in Monthly Shonen Jump.



Sure, okay, go with that.

But I’m telling you, none of that prepares you for the dog jokes. I wanna talk to the person who thinks that Hellblazer has a bigger readership than the audience for amusing, canine-based humor.

Okay, okay, Death Note, Buffy, FMA, got it. Sure. I would have mentioned those too.

But… I think it’s a bit more like Naruto… FullMetal Alchemist is probably closest, of the four… followed by Buffy I suppose…

…Followed by Hellblazer, honestly, before we hit Death Note, really.

This is Barb after all. Hello? My wife? Barb? Y’know?


Wicker Man Studios News, September 11th, 2008

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Interesting bits of news in the manga world:

1. First, a thing we edited for Del Rey is out: MINIMA! volume 2. Imagine Toy Story meeting, I dunno, a sweet and innocent version of the manga/anime Kare Kano/His and Hers Circumstances, and you’ll be on the right track.

2. Even more Park-and-Barb-flavored, a manhwa (from Korea, you see) we adapted/rewrote from Day 1, volume 1 of FORGET ABOUT LOVE, is currently on sale from TOKYOPOP. It’s a high-school comedy.

3. We found out today that the most recent issue of the United States’ version of SHONEN JUMP, brought to you by Viz Media and… well… Shonen Jump… has, as its first story (before Naruto even), NORA, a manga Barb and I adapted/rewrote which will be on sale soon. In the manga world, this is a big deal. If you are into manga and action, Shonen Jump is THE big deal, monthly magazine-wise. Even if you love all genres equally, really. Once again, that’s the October 2008 version of Shonen Jump, Volume 6, Issue 10. It’s comedy/supernatural/action in the flavor of Naruto and Inu-Yasha.

Oh, I updated the Park and Barb show column, too…

Still not too late for you to get this type of info RSS style, if that’s how you roll… click THIS THING:

Also   will put the latest Wicker Man Studios news on your LJ whenever we update with news… like now…

More news soon…