Digital Manga

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Digital Manga is a California company that licenses and releases Japanese manga, anime, and related merchandise in the English language.

Digital Manga
Founded1996
FounderHikaru Sasahara
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationGardena, California
DistributionDiamond Book Distributors (books)[1]
Publication typesComics, Manga
Fiction genresYaoi, Josei, Romance, Shōjo
ImprintsJunéManga, 801, DokiDoki, eManga, Project-H
Official websiteemanga.com

Digital Manga also owns and operates eManga, a digital publishing site for manga and light novels, that publishes books and e-book editions of works from other publishers.

The non-publishing division includes Pop Japan Travel (a tour service) and several e-retail sites for books and for import products, including Akadot Retail and Yaoi Club.

Since 2011, Digital Manga has utilized Kickstarter for funds. The first Kickstarter project was to reprint Osamu Tezuka's titles, and the most successful project to be funded was to print the Finder series by Yamane Ayano.

SubdivisionsEdit

Digital Manga PublishingEdit

The company has co-published mangas with publishing house Dark Horse Comics, including Berserk, Hellsing, The Ring and Trigun.

ImprintsEdit

  • The DMP Books imprint is used for general-audience manga. The company prints how-to books on drawing manga, as well as online tutorials and contests, under the "Manga Academy" imprint.[2]
  • Akadot Retail was the official retail store for Juné and Digital Manga Publishing. The shop imported manga, clothing, figures, magazines, and miscellaneous merchandise from Japan.[3]
  • Juné is DMP's yaoi-oriented line of manga, novels, and other related books. Until April 2006, all of DMP's yaoi manga bore the DMP label, but starting with The Art of Loving by Eiki Eiki, a new design was displayed on the dust cover of a white rose under the text Juné. The imprint was named after Jean Genet, particularly the Japanese pronunciation of "Genet" as "Jooneh". The name choice may also have been influenced by Juné (also named after Genet); the popularity of this magazine led to "june" becoming a synonym for yaoi in the 1980s.[4] Some Juné titles originally published by Taiyoh Tosho or Oakla Publishing are co-branded with the Japanese publisher, whose logo appears on the spine. As of October 2016, the imprint Juné and the store Akadot joined forces to become a singular shop. The new store, purely under the Juné Manga name, sells all DMI's forms of yaoi in both print and digital titles (including 801 Media and Doki Doki titles).
  • 801 Media is a division of Digital Manga, Inc. and sister company to DMP, formed in 2006 to publish more explicit, uncensored yaoi titles. These titles are available on the new Juné website as of October 2016.[5] In June 2016, Libre Publishing terminated their partnership with Digital Manga Publishing, affecting the release of their yaoi titles.[6][7]
  • In April of 2009, DMP announced the DokiDoki line (the name is onomatopoeia for a heartbeat) in cooperation with the Japanese publisher Shinshokan, to license shounen-ai and shōjo manga from their Wings, Dear and Dear+ anthologies.[8]
  • Project-H is the hentai imprint of Digital Manga Inc's 801 Media division. It publishes Seinen hentai manga.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Our Publishers
  2. ^ Manga Academy. "Manga Academy ~ About Us". Archived from the original on July 10, 2009. Retrieved January 4, 2010.
  3. ^ Digital Manga Inc. "AkadotRetail". Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  4. ^ "Definitions From Japan: BL, Yaoi, June". aestheticism.com. Archived from the original on 2009-06-05.
  5. ^ 801 Media. "801 Media - About Us". Retrieved January 4, 2010.
  6. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (2016-06-18). "Libre Ends Publishing Agreement With Digital Manga, Inc". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  7. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (2016-06-23). "Libre Publishing Comments on Termination of Agreement With Digital Manga Inc". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  8. ^ "About Us". DokiDoki. Archived from the original on September 1, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2009.
  9. ^ Digital Manga Inc. "Project-H Launches in August (2011)". Retrieved November 23, 2011.

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