Shounen Jump and Ichijinsha highlight manga creators in new magazines

Jump Ryu! is set to launch in January 2016, with a bi-monthly release schedule, supplementing Shounen Jump. The magazine will feature a different manga writer and/or artist in every issue–including a peek at their workspaces–with the cover of that issue drawn by the artists themselves. A tracing sheet of the cover illustration will also accompany the issue, encouraging budding manga creators to try out their own skills.

While Jump Ryu! won’t be available until the new year, publisher Ichijinsha and Pixiv are currently producing an online magazine called comic POOL focusing on aspiring manga artists. The premiere issue, released on November 6, included the well-received Pixiv series Wotaku ni Koi ha Muzukashii (Love is Tough for Otaku).

Rurouni Kenshin lands on the Takarazuka stage

Check out Takarazuka’s amazing adaptation of the hit manga as a stage musical, with shows due to start in February 2016 at the Takarazuka Grand Theater in Hyōgo, and April 2016 at the Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre.

Viz Media licenses two short manga titles for digital release

Zyword by Tamayo Akiyama and Eureka Seven: Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl by Miki Kizuki will be published on Viz’s digital platform, though this is not the first time either manga has been made available to North American readers. Fantasy manga Zyword, previously published by Tokyopop, launches first on November 10, with video game-based comic Eureka Seven to follow on November 17.