Conventions | New York will get its own major anime convention next year, when Anime NYC launches at the Javits Center, the same venue that hosts New York Comic Con. The new show is being run by LeftField Media, the producer of Awesome Con and Play Fair. Reed Exhibitions, which puts on NYCC, ran New York Anime Fest for three years, from 2007-2009, and Anime NYCC shares much of the same DNA: LeftField president Greg Topalian worked for ReedPop, as it was then known, in 2007 and was the founder of NYAF, and Peter Tatara, who coordinated the Japanese content for NYAF as well as for NYCC for many years, will be performing the same function for Anime NYC. The new show is sponsored by Crunchyroll, Funimation, Viz Media, and the bookstore chain Kinokuniya. [ICv2]
Manga | Pantheon Books has acquired “My Brother’s Husband,” by Gengoroh Tagame, who is best known to English-language readers for his sexually explicit gay manga. “My Brother’s Husband” is a very different book, a family drama about a Canadian man, Mike, who comes to Japan to pay his respects to the family of his husband, Ryoji, who has recently died. The manga tells the story of how Mike gets to know Ryoji’s identical twin brother and forms a bond with his late husband’s family. Pantheon doesn’t usually publish manga; it’s lineup includes Art Spiegelman’s “Maus,” Marjane Satrapi’s “Persepolis,” and Sonny Liew’s “The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye.” [Anime News Network]
Manga | Erica Friedman rounds up some recent announcements and explains why 2017 will be a “breakout” year for LGBTQ manga, especially the yuri genre, which features love stories between two women. [Okazu]
Graphic Novels | First Second announced it will publish “Pelé: The King of Soccer,” by Eddy Simon and Vincent Brascaglia, in October 2017. The graphic biography of the world-famous soccer player was originally published in French. [Good Comics for Kids]
Graphic Novels | More First Second news: Here’s the cover reveal for “Making Scents,” which is written by Arthur Yorinks and illustrated by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, who were the artists for BOOM! Studios’ “Adventure Time” comics. [Galley Cat]
Graphic Novels | Marking the 10th anniversary of the publication of Gene Luen Yang’s “American Born Chinese,” First Second marketing director Gina Gagliano and children’s librarian Eva Volin discuss the early days of First Second and their own reactions when it was nominated for a National Book Award and won a Printz Award, both firsts for a graphic novel. [Good Comics for Kids]
Anthologies | Editor Hazel Newlevant discusses “Chainmail Bikini,” an anthology of comics by women gamers. [Playboy]
Publishing | Heidi Macdonald looks at the evolution of the Spanish-language comics scene in Spain, Latin America—and English-speaking countries, as the comics come over in translation. [Publishers Weekly]
Publishing | IDW Media Holdings, the parent company of IDW Publishing and IDW Games, reports a good fiscal third quarter, with sales and profits up, but the growth comes from its entertainment and games divisions; sales in its comics publishing division were down. [ICv2]
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