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Wicker Man Studios News, April 4th, 2009

Saturday, April 4th, 2009


Okay, this is it… it’s really happening. Or, rather, it’s all set to happen. The obstacle to what I have been waiting on just cleared, and now it’s time to get press releases, ads, interviews, and other stuff ready… and Ryan says he just finished the new ads yesterday…

Much as I’ve been putting off updating news here because of getting ready for Big New Thing, we’ve also been working on various stuff, clearing the decks to work on Life After The Big New Thing. So…


GSG artist Ryan Howe posted this nifty thing he drew of himself being interviewed by a local Canadian newspaper about the Female Force comics he’s drawn and is drawing:



Let’s see… over at MangaLife, Barb and I wrote a lot of stuff:

Here, I talk about Hunter x Hunter the anime:

Here, Barb talks about the MangaBible:

I have fun talking about dingoes in my review of Vertical’s Black Jack v3 and 4:

Barb is deeply moved by Viz’s Real v3 and 4:

Barb uses an excellent metaphor during her discussion of Slam Dunk v3:

Barb worked hard on this review of Gantz v2:

I get to talk even more about the intersection of manga and the spirit of the samurai warrior while discussing Hunter x Hunter v25:

I got a little punchy here:

Barb got inspired talkin’ about that there Death Note:

Oh yeah, and people just can’t stop being inspired by Naruto in my spotlight on volumes 34 through 40.


See what I mean? We’ve been clearing the decks, catching up on stuff, getting ready, battening down the hatches, battening them down again… That’s not even every single thing we’ve written for ML lately– it’s just the most entertaining stuff. Okay wait it might be every single thing Barb’s written lately, but same thing.


Now, other important news is that Wicker Man Studios members Steven G. Saunders and Fictio– I mean Josh Wagner are at the Emerald City con RIGHT NOW AS I WRITE THIS. I command you to HUNT THEM DOWN and BUY THEM AN APPROPRIATE AMOUNT OF DRINKS.

Wicker Man Studios (and Septagon Studios for that matter) ally Dave Baxter is also there. He doesn’t drink as much as the other two– he runs on solar. Or he’s some kind of hybrid or something, at least. Anyway, instead of buying him drinks (he helps keep an eye on Josh too, after all), ask him how to kill a grizzly.


Let’s see what else… here, look at this:

Look down there at number 216! Right above Civil War! It’s Nora, the Viz manga that Barb and I adapt! But consider that this is not a list of things ordered by BOOKSTORES– it’s a list of things ordered by COMIC BOOK STORES. Dude.

Oh, and look! There’s Kamichama Karin Chu, one of the Del Rey mangas I edit! #172, two slots above Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8.

And, again, this is NOT a bookstores list. This is a COMIC BOOK SHOPS list.  Golly.


Okay that is all for now… off I go to prepare letters announcing Big New Thing… check back here in about… 12 days or so.




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?