Digital Anime Publishing

by lucanakin

"Manga"

Japanese manga, as comics are called here, have been publicized the world over on television and in newspapers.

What does it mean manga? The word man-ga literally means “free images”, “extravagant images”.

Since the 1950s, manga have steadily become a major part of the Japanese publishing industry. The core of the manga publishing industry consists of some weekly manga magazines published by the major publishers alone, along with bi-weeklies, and many influential monthlies.

"Toei Animation"

The three largest publishing houses producing manga are Kodansha, Shogakkan, and Shueisha. In addition there are some ten odd publishing firms which come in at a close second, including Akita Shoten, Futabasha, Shonen Gahosha, Hakusensha, Nihon Bungeisha, and Kobunsha.

Some manga, a small amount of the total output, is adapted into anime, often with the collaboration of the original author.

In the mid-1950’s, Hiroshi Okawa was the president of the Japanese film company Toei. In 1956, Toei Animation was founded and, two years later, the company released its first full-length feature The Tale of the White Serpent.

"Hiroshi Okawa with some of his manga creations"

Computer games can also give rise to anime, in such cases, the stories are often compressed and modified to fit the format and appeal to a wider market.

"Super Mario Bros. manga and videogame"

Talking about the digital publishing industry, it is difficult to say where is going. It is a growing industry and soon, the digital library will outgrow the print library and for manga fans an adaptation will become a must.

Anyway, there are many ways to read a manga on the net like: e-manga books, reader and apps for Iphone, Ipad, Android, etc.


Sources :

http://www.dnp.co.jp/museum/nmp/nmp_i/articles/manga/manga1.html

http://www.jetro.org/trends/market_info_manga.pdf

http://www.corneredangel.com/amwess/papers/history.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_video_games_based_on_anime_or_manga

http://hubpages.com/hub/Read-Manga-Online