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It’s great to see up and coming businesses and ideas get the funding they need.
Kitsu, a startup changing the way the community experiences anime, announced today that it has raised $600,000 in a seed round between San Francisco, California-based entertainment company VIZ Media, LLC, and Manila, Philippines-based entrepreneur Bernard Chong. Kitsu will use these funds to build out its world-class content discovery platform at kitsu.io, led by Kitsu founder and CEO, Josh Fabian, who started the project under the Hummingbird name. Josh previously was Lead Designer, Groupon Stores, and Lead Designer, oBaz.
“What makes me most excited about where Kitsu is going is how easy it’s going to be to connect with other anime and manga fans,” said Josh Fabian, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kitsu. “We’ve been very proactive and thoughtful about how exactly to approach the social component of anime, and we think what we have will continue to drive that conversation moving forward.”
As part of the investment, Bernard…
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Manga Creator Jobs
This section is for manga creators looking for freelance work. Updated: 10/30/2017
Manga-Style Graphic Novel Artist Wanted
Deadline: Until Filled
Job Details: Need to hire an illustrator for my graphic novel (mystery, drama and romance) in Manga style format. The novel would be about 150 pages or less and I am seeking to hire immediately.
Pay: $75 per page
Manga style: Hayao Miyazaki, Masashi Kishimoto or Eiichiro Oda.
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I’m not exactly sure why, but I often receive e-mails asking for advice on how to write anime/manga reviews “correctly”. Not that I’m complaining on being asked. It’s just that I don’t consider myself a reviewer unlike many anibloggers. I’m more of an entertainer, unintentional commedienne, occasional translator, and—my favourite—fandom promoter. A mouthful, I know, so […]
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#BannedBooksWeek: I Celebrate Diversity!
From September 25th to October 1st, authors, readers, publishers, and constitutional right advocates will celebrate books that have been banned for whatever reasons. This year, Banned Books Week is looking at diversity. Although diversity isn’t a new word, some may imagine diversity as a person of color. Diversity, however, includes people who are of different appearance, ethnicity, religion, gender and gender identity, age, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, military status, and economic status.
The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has shown that 52% of the books challenged or banned in the past 10 years were from diverse content (Association of American Publishers).
Without diversity, there wouldn’t be an anime industry since anime and manga come from Japan.
Did you know that Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama is a banned book in the United States?
Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa has been challenged–not quite banned but noticed–for its discrimination and violence.
There are other manga and graphic novels by Japanese creators who have faced or are currently facing censorship around the world. Can you think of any others?