Deconstructing Comics #281: eComics in Japan: G2 Comix catches the Big Three napping

Real MaidWhile the American comics publishers, and publishers in general, are making more and more content available digitally, the situation is quite different here in Japan. The traditional manga publishers — Shueisha, Kodansha, and Shogakukan — have been very slow to embrace the digital market.

This week we meet Masanori Kinomiya, Representative Director and President of DML. DML offers services to convert print comics to digital formats, and has created the G2 Comix line of original manga titles. G2 is doing well in Japan (where 80% of ebooks are comics!), and around the world in a variety of languages. So why are the Big Three (and Japanese publishers in general) still putting out little or no electronic content? Kinomiya-san explains to Tim.

Read DML’s company profile PDF, including statistics on ebook readership in Japan and a look at some G2 Comix titles.

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Two True Freaks! Episode 67 – Comics Monthly Monday #10

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TOO….MUCH… COMICS ……..FOR A HUMAN TO ENDURE! In another crammed-full episode, the Freaks somehow find the time to talk about their usual Walking Dead, Superman Family, and Swamp Thing comics while also fielding letters, crank calls, bad sound effects, and bad jokes. They rejoice/lament nerdom’s seemingly new-found pop culture credibility and ponder whether old-fashioned paper comics are going to get Kindled to death. Also — another heartfelt plea by Scott to check out Jonah Hex! Don’t miss it!

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