Super News Flash: One Piece breaks Guinness World Record


The Japan News announced this morning that the long running manga series One Piece is the Guinness World Record winner for having “the most copies published for the same comic book series by one author.” Yoshihisa Heishi, Editor-in-Chief of Shonen Jump (the monthly magazine where new chapters of the popular Manga series are first published) accepted […]


Toy Fair: Bandai brings One Piece, Dragonball Z and many more figures to the US


Toy Fair 2015 has long come and gone, and I was there and took 700 pictures. But it took me so long to sort thrugh them that now no one cares. However, I didn’t see many people covering these awesome new Bandai toys based on Sailor Moon, One Piece, DBZ and other familiar anime and manga figures,. They’re part of the BanPresto line from Japan and they are all limited edition — in other words, once these are gone, they’re gone. Because they look so awesome, you’ll probably want to stock up on all of them.


Viz joins Comixology

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After a long wooing period, Viz has finally joined Comixology. Viz has its own ebook portal for manga and so was no stranger to digital, despite the difficulties inherent in getting Japanese material on digital. However now some 500 titles are available via the Comixology paltform.  Among them some of the world’s most popular comics […]


Uniqlo did Moomin and Tezuka


Speaking of One Piece, my wardrobe is full (a little too full, I think) of One Piece merch from the Japanese retailer Uniqlo, which has a growing number of outlets here in the US. Uniqlo does great lines of clothing based on various cartoony things, and they had one for Tove Jansson’s Moomin , which […]


Analysis: New York Times Bestsellers: Graphic Books: Manga 2012

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When the New York Times first started their “graphic books” bestseller lists, they included one for manga.  Why manga?  Why not one for superheroes, or comic strips, or any other segment of graphic novels?


Two years older ONE PIECE characters

Attention, continuity-obsessed readers of 70 year-old franchises — THIS is how you handle growth and change. Click on the image for the full spoiler of the new, two years older cast of ONE PIECE — the best selling comic in the world — and check out Topless Robot for a character-by-character analysis.