Welcome to the latest edition of Shinbun Saturday! I hope the weather where you live is much better than the weather where I’m at. I think I haven’t seen the sun in over a week. Isn’t April supposed to be the month of rain?
To kick off this week’s manga news roundup, Kodansha USA has teamed up with the cool folks at Humble Bundle to offer a great deal on digital manga. Like Humble Bundle’s other packaged deals, you pay what you want with different tiers unlocking after certain dollar amounts. The full bundle boasts 15 volumes of digital manga, with 10 of them being volume 1’s from different manga series. It’s a great opportunity to try out different titles. (Perennial favorite Attack on Titan is one of the offered series, naturally.)
Moving on to other cool things, have you ever heard of the Carolina Manga Library? If you haven’t, don’t feel bad. Until recently, neither had I. The Carolina Manga Library is a special traveling collection of manga and graphic novels. How awesome is that? Even more awesome is the fact that the Carolina Manga Library travels to conventions and offers attendees a respite from the hustle and bustle of a con. You know how sometimes you just need some time to yourself to decompress? The Carolina Manga Library provides that oasis…along with some manga to read while you’re chilling! To help their efforts, the organization has launched an Indiegogo to help them buy a dedicated vehicle.
And in more fundraising news, Digital Manga’s Kickstarter campaign to publish the classic Kimagure Orange Road manga has reached its final stretch goal. That’s right. The company will be able to publish six 3-in-1 omnibus volumes, making the entire series available in English. So what do you guys think about this trend to crowdfund manga and anime? Good idea? Bad idea? Do you think it implies anything about the industry?
That’s it for this next week. See you next time!