It’s a quiet week for Publishers Weekly Comic Week, but they do have a few manga-related gems, especially an interview with show organizer John McGeary about the upcoming New York Anime Festival:
PWCW: What kind of show is this going to be? Is it for the fans? Is it a trade show?
JM: It’s going to be several things; part professional, part fan. The day before the show [trade news Web site] ICv2.com is going to have [an anime and manga] conference. And the first day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is for professionals only: retailers, licensors, librarians, educators, producers. And we’re going to have sessions just for them—some of them basic. We see ourselves teaching the community—especially from the librarian’s standpoint. They understand what it’s all about. They see NYAF’s educational value and can recommend titles depending on what a reader’s interests are. We specifically want to be more helpful to that group. And to retailers as well. We consider ourselves as a place to learn [more about anime and manga] and where to sell it.
There’s also an interview with Milton Griepp about the ICv2 conference that will be taking place before the convention; an interview with Slam Dunk manga-ka Takehiko Inoue; and a profile of author Christine Feehan, whose first manga, Dark Hunger, just hit the charts.