Look out, Moonies! At the NYCC12 Kodansha Industry panel, Dallas Middaugh and his colleagues at Kodansha announced that there would be a simultaneous world release of 5 brand spankin’ new artbooks. The Sailor Moon Art Book joins several announcements pertaining to the popular franchise including a new anime slated for airing in 2013. This new book will be released in the United States, Japan, and five other countries. The books will be in the trade paperback format with a dust jacket. Unlike Kodansha’s manga releases, the trim sizes and page count will remain uniform throughout each country. They will contain color images and bonus material that will be exclusive to each country – meaning your United States edition will not have the same bonus material as the Japanese counterpart and so on. These books will be a compilation of Takeuchi’s most popular work from the previous five art books released in Japan along with unpublished materials for fans to see for the first time. For those of you who want all of the bonus material; I suppose if you want to catch em’ all – you’ll have to import or trade editions with people!
The Kodansha panel wasn’t for Moonies only. There were a few announcements about some forthcoming releases:
Fairy Tail – Hiro Mashima
Fairy Tail will be released in print every month as of March ‘13 and it will be released in digital formant bimonthly. They hope to catch up as closely as possible to the Japanese releases.
Air Gear Omnibusby Oh!Great will release in May 2013
Sankarea: Undying Loveby Mitsuru Hattori will release in June 2013
No. 6by Atsuko Asano(art by Hinoki Kino) will release in June 2013.
Vinland Saga by Makoto Yukimura will release in October 2013.
Tokyo Mew Mew A la Mode by Mia Ikumi will release in November 2013.
Also check out Kodansha’s redesigned website! http://kodanshacomics.com/