ANN’s coverage of New York Comic Con 2023 sponsored by Ize Press!
At New York Comic Con 2023, New York City librarian and Manga in Libraries author Jillian Rudes brought together some of the most prominent manga publishers in the industry to give their best manga recommendations. Anime News Network had the opportunity to hear from Ben Applegate (director of publishing services at Penguin Random House), John D’Esposito (publishing sales manager at Viz Media), and Mark de Vera (sales and marketing director at Yen Press) to sum up their best manga recommendations from their companies in just one minute for each category.
Here are their picks based on category:
Slice of Life
Applegate: Witch Hat Atelier Kitchen by Hiromi Sato and Kamome Shirahama
de Vera: Delicious in Dungeon by Ryōko Kui
D’Esposito: One Piece: Shokugeki no Sanji by Yūto Tsukuda, Shun Saeki, Yuki Morisaki, & Eiichiro Oda
For The Spooky Season
The Fighting Spirit (a character with determination that will fight anyone)
Applegate: Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir: The Manga by Koma Warita (author), ZAG (creator), Toei Animation, and Riku Tsuchida (illustrator)
de Vera: Shy by Bukimi Miki
D’Esposito: SPY x FAMILY by Tatsuya Endō
Applegate: I Got Reincarnated in a (BL) World of Big (Man) Boobs by Tsukiji Nao
de Vera: The Other World’s Books Depend on the Bean Counter by Yatsuki Wakatsu (author) and Kazuki Irodori (artist)
D’Esposito: Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi
The panel was also used to promote the different ways you can consume this content through the distributors’ specific websites and apps. Finally, the panel concluded with a representative of Scholastic appearing on stage to announce the company’s reimagined version of Osamu Tezuka‘s Unico manga, Unico: Awakening. The six-volume release will include redrawn art with similar story beats. Scholastic will release the first volume in 2024.
Disclosure: Kadokawa World Entertainment (KWE), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kadokawa Corporation, is the majority owner of Anime News Network, LLC. Yen Press, BookWalker Global, and J-Novel Club are subsidiaries of KWE.