Thursday, February 28, 2013

I Love LA

Monkey Business Issue 3 has landed in Tokyo

Grab one at this weekend's Tokyo International Literary Festival.

Issue 3 is available only in Tokyo starting March 1.  The US edition will be released on April 1, and will be available as an e-book on Kindle, Nook, Kobo and iBooks, and in print via Amazon.

A new Monkey Business website will go live next week.

Our first round of launch events will take place in New York City during the first week of May. Gen'ichiro Takahashi, Paul Auster, Mina Ishikawa, Charles Simic and others will appear in a series of discussions and readings hosted by the PEN World Voices Festival.

Make your plans now and please join us.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Hello Kitty gets her own (wordless) manga, at last

No need for translation.
From the VIZ presser, in collaboration w/Sanrio:
Both wordless HELLO KITTY graphic novels will be available as part of the VIZ Kids line: 

  • HELLO KITTY: HERE WE GO! is a single volume graphic novel debuting at Comic-Con this summer, with an exclusive cover by Eisner-nominated artist Jacob Chabot, featuring artwork by Victoria Maderna, Ian McGinty, and Jacob Chabot. 
  • HELLO KITTY FASHION MUSIC WONDERLAND is the main graphic novel series, available starting this Fall, following Hello Kitty in a collection of stories as she travels the world exploring an underground realm, chases an unsavory cake thief, climbs the Himalayas and more! 

Monday, February 04, 2013

Japanamerica reclaims #1 ...

... on Amazon's animation sales page:

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Appearing in LA on Feb 20: ANIME & HOLLYWOOD

ANIME & HOLLYWOOD at the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, Feb. 20:


Guest Speaker: Roland Kelts; author, journalist, and musician

Date: Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 from 7:00PM

Venue: JFLA Auditorium (5700 Wilshire BVLD. STE100)

Registration: Click Here to RSVP (Required)

For the fourth JFLA lecture series, the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles invites Roland Kelts, author of “Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S.,” to discuss his views on Anime, its influences on Hollywood, and vice-versa. He has written about a wide range of topics relating to the Japanization of Americans, which he describes as “the third wave of Japanophilia – outsiders’ infatuation with Japan’s cultural character.” This is not a simple story about Otaku or the Kawaii phenomenon, but a very in-depth examination of how Japanese and American entertainment businesses are influencing each other in an infinite loop. Just as Japanese artists like Osamu Tezuka, Hayao Miyazaki and Katsuhiro Otomo were fascinated by classic and sci-fi American movies, George Lucas, The Wachowskis, Guillermo del Toro and others were influenced by Japanese anime classics like Gatchaman, Speed Racer, Spirited Away, Akira and Ghost in the Shell. In his presentation, Kelts will explore why Hollywood is fascinated with Japanese pop culture and is trying to remake popular Japanese anime titles to appeal to a whole new generation of viewers--and the challenges and potential missteps along the way. Please make sure to join us as we dwell into the colorful and eccentric world of the entertainment industry on both sides of the Pacific.