Official Press Release
(Los Angeles, September 30, 2004) – Dallas Middaugh and Jason DeAngelis
today announced the formation of Seven Seas Entertainment, a new Los
Angeles-based publishing house dedicated to producing original manga for the
international market. Manga remains at the forefront of an explosive rise in
graphic novel sales in American bookstores, and Seven Seas is the first U.S.
company solely dedicated to publishing authentic original manga in the
In February 2005, Seven Seas will launch four ongoing graphic novel series.
The company will debut these titles to the industry at the Frankfurt Book
Fair on October 5. A sneak peek of the publisher’s work is available at the
company’s web site, www.gomanga.com, and full details about the four
flagship titles will be made available to the public on October 25.
“This is the beginning of a fun ride,” remarked CEO Dallas Middaugh.
“Working with Jason has opened my eyes to some incredible artists who I
honestly believe are destined to take manga to the next level in America,
and to expand the market for original manga throughout the world.” No
stranger to manga publishing, Middaugh has worked as the director of sales
and marketing for Viz and currently consults with Del Rey Books as their
Director of Manga, a relationship that will continue for the foreseeable
“It’s thrilling to work with such talented artists and writers,” said Seven
Seas’ President, Jason DeAngelis. “Creating original manga is a dream come
true, and I’m confident that our work is on par with content coming out of
Japan.” DeAngelis is also experienced in the manga field, having translated
such prominent manga titles as Berserk and Gundam Seed for Dark Horse and
Del Rey, respectively. He is an expert on Japanese culture, having lived in
Japan for six years, and has attended the UCLA Professional Screenwriting
Seven Seas is dedicated to producing high quality original manga with strong
stories and dynamic artwork. While Japan is rightfully acknowledged as the
birthplace of manga, the company believes it is an art form that can span
all cultures. Seven Seas seeks to promote the concept of “world manga” by
collaborating with talented international writers and artists to develop
stories with a universal appeal for a worldwide audience.
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