July 8th Vertical Vednesday: Sports Manga

Vertical Vednesday, courtesy of Vertical Inc and Ed Chavez, is back for another informative around. This time, the topic is a genre of manga that doesn’t achieve much success in America for a a number of reasons, Sports Manga.

Sports Manga has a very long history and some of the most beloved titles in Japan are sports-themed ones, such as Ashita no Joe, Touch, Attack No. 1, Ace o Nerae!!, Kyojin no Hoshi, and even Eyeshield 21. Also, given my previous experiences with Vertical Vednesdays, if you attend you’ll get the chance to chime in on what YOU think are the steps to getting Sports Manga accepted more readily in the US by both regular folks and manga readers.

Like last time, we’ll be meeting up at around 6 to 6:30 at Kinokuniya on 6th Ave between 41st and 40th in Manhattan, and then depending on the size of the group will either stay there or find another location nearby to sit.

Topics covered so far in previous Vertical Vednesdays are Seinen, Josei, and Yankii.

V! V! V! Vertical Vednesday

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Another Vertical Vednesday is taking place tomorrow, June 24th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. The plan is to meet up at the NYC Kinokuniya on 6th Ave between 41st and 40th in Manhattan, and afterwards depending on the size of the group and availability of seating, we will either stay at Kino or move to another location.

For those of you unfamiliar with the whole deal, Vertical Vednesday is where Ed Chavez, Marketing Director of Vertical Inc. (publishers of Black Jack, Guin Saga, To Terra, among other works) takes out about an hour to discuss with a group a topic related to manga. Ed is possibly the most knowledgeable person I have ever met in regards to manga, and if you want to learn something new then this is an ideal opportunity.

This week’s topic will be Yankii, or a specific type of Japanese delinquent often seen in anime and manga and specifically parodied by Cromartie High School. Sometimes spelled “Yankee” as in the case of “Yankee-kun to Megane-chan,” but it actually has nothing to do with Americans or dressing up like Americans.

Incidentally, did you know that the English name for Yankee-kun to Megane-chan is “Flunk Punk Rumble?” at least according to the Singapore release?

Man that name is weird.

Vertical Vednesday Vhen and Vhere

Ed Chavez from the MangaCast is now the marketing director for the New York City-based Vertical Press, home of titles such as Black Jack and To Terra. As such, he is holding the first of what looks to be a series of “Vertical Vednesdays,” the contents of which I have no clue about. However, seeing as I’m in New York, I’ll be joining the crowd so that we may bathe in chocolate and deliver manga to orphans.

Everyone will be meeting TODAY at 6:30pm in front of Kinokuniya on 6th ave and 41st street in Manhattan. If I see you there, and I know who you are, I’ll say hi. Maybe I’ll give a firm handshake. Really, I’ll play it by ear.