E-mail based manga service from Mangasplaning
Date: 2022 Jan 31 21:17
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The Good Guys at the Popular Manga Podcast mansplanning has just sent us the details of their latest effort, an e-mail based manga subscription to it, titled MSX: Mangasplaning Extra. The Substack newsletter will be delivered to your inbox.
Among the first projects to be announced are These Days by Okinawa and Taiyo Matsumoto by Susumu Higa. Interestingly, the press release credits everyone involved in each manga project is not the norm (but we wish it was). Keen readers will also notice that these days the translation has been done by Michael Arias, the director behind the anime version of Tekoninkrete (which is based on the manga by Taiyo Matsumoto), so it’s clear that the translator is very familiar with the artists’ work. Is!
Mangasplaning has partnered with Fantagraphics Books and UDON Entertainment as publishing partners, so it will be interesting to see what else they’ve got in the pipeline.
The cost of subscribing to the service on Substack is $5(USD) per month or $50 (USD) per year. Pricing is set to be permanent so that they can pay licensors, creators, publishers, translators and journalists who do this work. There has been a lot of discussion in the manga fandom about fair pay for the employees involved in the production and the people at mangasplanning making sure everyone involved in the process gets paid fairly.
We are excited about this project because the people behind Mangasplaning are more than just manga and anime fans, they are manga and anime fans who work in the industry. He has a track record of successfully delivering various projects. We’re wondering what it will grow!
The press release is as follows:
“MSX: Mangasplaning Extra” launches new email-based manga subscription model
The Substack newsletter will bring new manga translations, original articles and interviews, as well as podcast-related content, to readers through free and paid subscriptions.
Today is the official launch MSX: Mangasplaning Extra, a Substack newsletter that will serialize new, unique and informative Japanese manga in English, delivered straight to readers’ in-boxes. Steeping out of the popular Mangasplaining podcast, this new manga publishing effort (it’s also the first manga-focused Substack newsletter!) will allow MSX to work directly with Japanese manga creators and licensors to bring readers through this exciting new platform. Sort your work in English. , Some titles will also be available later as print editions through our publishing partners.
The first two will be MSX manga projects Okinawa by Susumu Higain partnership with Fantagraphics Books, and Taiyo Matsumoto. by These Days (One-Shot) Additional print publishing partners will include UDON Entertainment, with titles to be announced soon.
The MSX newsletter will also include additional content for manga fans, including weekly links to new episodes of the Mangasplaining Podcast, podcast show notes, original articles on manga, and interviews with manga creators. The project is led by Deb Aoki and Andrew and Christopher Woodrow-Butcher. Reading the manga serials will require a paid subscription at $5.00/month, but a free subscription to MSX will also be available and will give subscribers access to all non-manga content, as well as previews of the manga we publish. Weekly that is sure to entice new readers to view the content available through our paid subscriptions
“We love manga, and we love all kinds of manga,” Deb Aoki, co-founder of MSX, said. “We’re always discovering great new and classic manga that isn’t usually published in English, and are often left wishing that it could be. Well, now we’re going to start publishing some of these titles. We’re doing what we love!”
“We’re creating a whole new way to read and enjoy manga – We’re taking a curated approach that allows us to spotlight what makes these stories special, just like we talk about manga on our podcasts.” said MSX co-founder Christopher Woodrow-Butcher Said. “But we’re also choosing projects that will be interesting and entertaining for both newcomers and hardcore manga fans. Mangasplaining Extra is a weekly manga magazine for those who love manga.”
MSX: Mangasplaning Extra launches today, Jan 31 MangasplaningExtra.com, Subscriptions are free and available at the $5/month level. Podcast links and show notes will be published on Tuesdays, manga chapters will be published on Fridays, and additional articles and bonus material will be published every other Sunday.
For more information about Mangasplaning Podcast and MSX, visit mangasplaning.com
About Okinawa by Susumu Higa:
The first project, Susumu Higa’s Okinawa, was originally published as two thematically linked manga: Sword of Sand and Mabui. Okinawa begins as a chronicle of the war’s special effects on the Okinawa people, caught between the invading US forces and Japan, which had occupied its once independent nation only a few decades earlier. Rooted in that difficult history, the second half of Okinawa explores the present-day echoes of the war, which continues to affect the lives of the archipelago’s inhabitants. It is a gripping, powerful work, told in single chapters that can be easily read and appreciated on a weekly basis. Okinawa will be serialized 2 to 3 times per month, with a print collection planned for release in Winter 2022 from Fantagraphics Books.
Okinawa has been translated by Jocelyn Allen, written by Patrick Crotty, and edited by Andrew Woodrow-Butcher. Licensing was arranged through the author, with assistance from Jocelyn Allen, Mitsuhiro Asakawa and Aki Yanagi.
About These Days by Taiyo Matsumoto:
These Days is a meditative short piece about a manga editor who quits his job, and then isn’t sure what to do without manga in his life. The work was created as a prototype short story for Matsumoto’s final series Tokyo Higoro, now serialized in Japan in the Big Comic original Zokan (Shogakukan). This early version of this story from the creators of Tekkon Kinkreet and Ping Pong has never been seen before – even in Japan – and was released in its finished, inked form, as well as directly from Matsumoto’s raw pencil artwork. Which gives an unprecedented look. in the creative process.
These Days is translated by Michael Arias, written and edited by Christopher Woodrow-Butcher. This title is a digital-only exclusive, available in the MSX archive for one year from the date of publication. Licensing was arranged through the author, with assistance from Aki Yanagi.
About Mangsplanning: Mangasplaning is a collaborative, multi-dimensional project, first articulated as a weekly podcast, and conceived by comics activists and friends Deb Aoki, the David Brothers, Christopher Woodrow-Butcher and Chip Zadarsky. It emerged from his appreciation of Japanese manga culture and the realization that some people were fond of comics but did not know how to start reading manga. Podcasts are a great way to discover manga classics, exciting new works, and get a comprehensive overview of manga in all its varieties!
About MSX: Mangasplaning Extra: MSX is a new project spun off from the Mangasplaining podcast run by Christopher and Andrew Woodrow-Butcher and Deb Aoki. Our company is a digital publishing and creative services group. We at MangasplaningExtra.com digitally license, translate and publish manga released to readers through a paid subscription to our Substack newsletter. MSX digitally publishes a lot of great additional content including our podcast episode show notes and new original articles about manga.