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The TradeWaiters 47: “Battle Angel Alita” Vol. 1 & 2 by Yukito Kishiro

It today’s episode Jam, Jeff, Jon, and Kaye read the first two volumes of Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro. Join us in the bleak, dystopian future of this nineties manga where robot bodies are cheap but freedom is not. Spoiler alert: one of the Tradewaiters didn’t like this book, and another doesn’t like movies.

Also, you are cordially invited to the LIVE recording of our fiftieth episode at VanCAF this weekend! Admission is free (and VanCAF is awesome), so come watch us talk about comics in person at 3:30 on May 19th in the panel room at VanCAF at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown, Vancouver.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Space Oddity and Aqua Knight, also by Yukito Kishiro.
Altered Carbon produced by Laeta Kalogridis
Dragon Ball Z by Akira Toriyama
The Wicked and the Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
The Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin, George Perez, & Ron Lim
Serial Experiments Lain directed by Ryutaro Nakamura
The Wolf-Birds by Willow Dawson
and Eden’s Outcasts by John Matteson

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lunar Maladies by kgros
and Jam’s website

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang.

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The TradeWaiters 41: “Princess Jellyfish” Vol. 2 by Akiko Higashimura

Welcome back for part two of our look at Akiko Higashimura’s Princess Jellyfish. Jam, Jeff, and Jon have a lot to talk about for Volume 2 of this series, including our theories, hopes, and worries about where the story might be headed next. Also there’s an anime of this? But none of us have watched it, so our spoilers only cover Volume 2.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks
M.A.S.H. by Larry Gelbart
The Rose of Versailles by Riyoko Ikeda
Cat Rakham by Steve Wolfhard
Jessica Jones by Brian Michael Bendis and Micheal Gaydos
Dorohedoro by Q Hayashida

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
and Wasted Talent by Angela Melick.

Music by Sleuth.

The book for the next episode is currently TBD!

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The TradeWaiters 40: “Princess Jellyfish” Vol. 1 by Akiko Higashimura

On today’s episode Jeff, Jam, and Jon dive into the first volume of Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura. This is the first half of a two-part look at the world of the Amars otaku and the gender-bending “stylish” who invades their lives. It’s pretty hard to be compulsively obsessed with jellyfish (or trains or kimonos or old men or BL manga or The Three Kingdoms) when the outside world keeps busting down the door. Join us from the safety of your hikkikomori nest!

Also mentioned in this episode:
Kisakae Yuka-chan, Kakukaku Shikajika, and Fruits Komori also by Akiko Higashimura
Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo
Sphere by Micheal Crichton
The Big Bang Theory by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady
Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong
Sweetrock by Melanie Gillman
The Wicked and the Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
and Toward a Hot Jew by Miriam Libicki

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
and Wasted Talent by Angela Melick.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on the second volume of Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura

You can also follow the TradeWaiters on Tumblr, Soundcloud, Twitter, iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher.

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Shonen Jump’s Universal Manga Contest

Shonen Jump, the phenomenally popular manga magazine, is recruiting top talent from all over the world to guide Jump into the future! They are currently holding a contest for new manga to be featured in their magazine. Grand prize is ¥1,000,000 and serialization in Shonen Jump (Print or Digital), while the runner-up receives ¥300,000 and serialization in Jump Plus or in a special edition of Jump. The manga submission must be a one-shot story of no more than 55 pages and can be in any genre.  Deadline for all submissions is January 5th, 2018. For more information, check out Jump‘s Universal Manga Contest.

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Writer looking for an Asian-Canadian comic artist 2

Writer Tetsuro Shigematsu is looking for an Asian-Canadian comic/manga artist for a paying comic project. The artist would preferably be based in Vancouver but location is not a deal breaker. The comic project will likely be published in book form with a possible tie-in to CBC. If interested, please contact Tetsuro Shigematsu as soon as possible at [email protected], applications are still open.

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Observations on the American Manga Market 1

by Aliena Shoemaker

There was a time when the local Borders was the only store in my city that carried manga (Japanese comics) in the trade paper back format. The titles the store carried were limited to a grand total of about five. The titles included had either been readily available to the North American audience for multiple years via their on-screen adaptations (such as Dragonball Z) or they were the most popular titles in Japan at the time (mostly titles by the group CLAMP such as X and Chobits). Selection was limited, and if you did not live in a large city with a China or Japan Town, it was practically impossible to find anything other than what was available for mass market purchase. Some random paper issues could be located in specialty comic stores from time to time but they were often badly-translated and hard to collect due to bad distribution.

Rise of American Manga

Fast forward ten years.

Now one may walk into any bookstore of a decent size and find a manga section that takes up from one to four rows. Some comic stores have whole floors dedicated to the translated comics. Some sci-fi and fantasy fans had been watching badly subtitled VHS tapes of anime (Japanese animation) such as Gundam that they dug up in Chinatown since the 80’s. So why the (relatively) sudden boom in anime and manga in America?

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