Official Press Release
(Los Angeles, October 25, 2004) - Seven Seas Entertainment announced todaythe launch of their web site, www.gomanga.com. The site will initiallypromote Seven Seas' four flagship titles: Amazing Agent Luna, Blade forBarter, Last Hope and No Man's Land, as well as providing an onlinecommunity for fans to meet the creators and discuss manga from around theworld.
"Most manga have the benefit of exposure in Japan before they are releasedhere in the U.S.," commented Seven Seas president, Jason DeAngelis. "Wewanted to give readers a similar chance to see our books and get excitedabout them before they hit the shelves." To this end, each of the fourlaunch titles will be made available for free to anyone who visitsgomanga.com, with several pages appearing each week up to and beyond theFebruary 2005 launch date.
Gomanga.com will be updated every weekday with a wide variety of material,including:
- Never-before-seen pages from each manga every week
- Articles about the industry and the process of creating World Manga
- Character sketches, cover treatments, and original artwork from the Seven Seas manga artists
- Forums devoted to manga and anime from all over the world
- Exclusive downloads and interactive contests
Gomanga.com is supervised by Jake Forbes, veteran manga editor and fan, whois contracting with Seven Seas to create and manage content for regular siteupdates. "The internet has long been the unsung hero of manga's explosivegrowth around the world, with online communities turning series like FruitsBasket and Rurouni Kenshin into 'hits' years before their English-languagedebuts," said Forbes. "Gomanga.com will offer readers the same opportunityto discover and discuss exciting new manga, only here they'll have theunique opportunity to interact with creators as well."
All four Seven Seas manga are set to release in February 2005.
About Seven Seas Entertainment, LLC:
Seven Seas Entertainment is the first publisher in the United States to bedevoted solely to the creation of original manga. Established in 2004, thecompany is set to debut its first four titles - Amazing Agent Luna, Bladefor Barter, Last Hope and No Man's Land - in February 2005. Seven Seas isowned by Jason DeAngelis and Dallas Middaugh. The company seeks to promotethe concept of "world manga" by collaborating with talented internationalwriters and artists to develop stories for a worldwide audience. Seven Seaslaunched its web site, www.gomanga.com, in October 2004.