Official Press Release
(Los Angeles, December 21, 2005) – Seven Seas Entertainment is pleased to announce that its popular web manga Aoi House will appear monthly in Newtype USA as an all-new color comic strip starting in the magazine’s January 2006 issue. Each four-panel strip will be presented vertically in traditional Japanese “4-koma” format and will run on the final page of Newtype USA.
Created and written by Adam Arnold, co-creator of Animefringe: Online Anime Magazine, with art by fan favorite artist Shiei (Amazing Agent Luna), Aoi House is a teen comedy in the spirit of Love Hina, The Real World and Comic Party about two straight guys with no choice but to move into a college anime clubhouse full of crazed yaoi fan girls. Since its launch in January 2004 on Seven Seas’ website, Gomanga.com, its popularity has grown exponentially, with thousands of visitors a day coming back to read the latest zany adventures of the Aoi House crew.
“It’s an honor to be working with the number one anime and manga-related magazine in North America,” says Seven Seas president Jason DeAngelis. “Newtype USA’s the perfect vehicle to introduce Aoi House to the very audience that it’s meant for: otaku.”
“When we first saw the work coming out of Seven Seas we were immediately impressed with their dedication to creating original manga that stays true to what we all love about the medium,” says Newtype USA senior editor Chris Johnston. “We’re extremely pleased to be partnering with the talented creators of Aoi House to deliver these special four-panel episodes to our readers.”
Aoi House is the first-ever web manga to feature its own groovy theme song, created especially for the series by the platinum-selling Filipino pop band, J Brothers.
In May 2006, Aoi House will be collected into graphic novel format and published.
The January issue of Newtype USA will be available January 1, 2006.
About Seven Seas Entertainment:
Seven Seas Entertainment is devoted to producing original manga, comics and graphic novels, and bringing the best in Japanese licenses to North American audiences. Established in 2004, the company has released its first four titles — Amazing Agent Luna, Blade for Barter, Last Hope and No Man’s Land — in early 2005, and has an impressive array of new manga series lined-up. In addition, Seven Seas will be releasing the hit Boogiepop series in manga and novel format in 2006. Seven Seas launched its web site, www.gomanga.com, in October 2004, and has since become a daily stop for thousands of visitors eager to read manga online and contribute to an ever-growing forum community.
About Newtype USA:
Newtype USA is the official English-language version of Newtype, Japan’s #1 source for information about anime and manga. Newtype USA includes all the best Japanese content translated, plus loads of original U.S. material: anime, manga, music, game, and toy reviews, feature articles, director interviews, artist profiles, and regular columns by industry experts, tastemakers and deep-cover insiders. Newtype USA also includes awesome bonus gear, such as a centerfold poster, a manga (comic) insert and an exclusive bonus DVD. For more information, visit http://www.newtype-usa.com.
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