Talk About Kitty Cats: Vertical Vednesday

In about 12 hours there is going to be a Vertical Vednesday. It’s been a while since I’ve actually had the opportunity to go to a Vertical Vednesday, but today I will correct that mistake. I also apologize for telling people about this at the last second.

A Vertical Vednesday is a roughly monthly or bi-monthly meeting in Manhattan with Ed Chavez, the marketing director of manga and Japanese popular culture book publisher Vertical Inc. In terms of manga, their releases include Black Jack and To Terra. This latest VV is going to focus mainly on the English adaptation of Chi’s Sweet Home, the comic about an adorable kitten, but also other recently licensed stuff. If you are able to go, I highly recommend it, as Ed is literally the most knowledgeable person in regards to manga that I know. You’re bound to learn something.

The plan is to meet in front of Kinokuniya NYC (6th Ave between 40th and 41st streets) and then move to a location that can fit the size of the crowd. See you there!

Ed Chavez Double Feature (Neither Feature by Me): Interview + Vertical Vednesday

Ed Chavez has announced a new Vertical Vednesday set for this Wednesday, January 13 at Kinokuniya NYC’s Cafe Zaiya (6th ave between 40th and 41st sts in Manhattan), where he will be discussing a new Tezuka title acquisition by Vertical Inc (publishers of To Terra and the upcoming Chi’s Sweet Home), as well as the state of the industry as the new year unfolds.

Now normally I would be telling you about how insightful Ed Chavez is in regards to the manga industry without actually being able to give you examples, but luckily for all of us the Reverse Thieves posted their interview with the man today, and you will get to see how his mind works. Among the topics are Chi’s Sweet Home, the pros and cons of flipping manga, and the nature of translation itself. It’s a really good interview that I recommend everyone read. It’s also quite long, so get comfortable before you start delving into his mind.

The Return of the Vertical Vednesday: Licenses and Licensing

There hasn’t been one for a while, but Vertical Inc. and Ed Chavez are back to lay down some information for anyone willing to listen tomorrow, December 2nd.

For those who have never heard of Vertical Vednesdays or haven’t read my previous posts announcing them, Vertical Vednesdays are very casual informational sessions where the marketing director Ed Chavez engages in a conversation with the audience to teach and discuss various aspects of manga, whether it’s trends in Japan, the history of manga genres, or technical details. A lifelong fan and even a former editor at an actual manga publisher in Japan (Kodansha), Ed is a fount of knowledge and I advise anyone who gets the chance to have a listen or at least find a summary of one of the Vednesdays online.

This time around the topic is “Licenses and Licensing,” which might not exactly sound exciting, but Ed promises to get into some of the nitty gritty of what the licensing process actually is, a detail that most manga fans including myself do not have a comprehensive image of.

When: Wed. Dec. 2, 2009
Where: Kinokuniya NYC (6th Ave between 40th and 41st st., Manhattan)

Vertical Vednesday August 26, 2009: 4-Panel Manga

I may be sounding like a broken record by now, but it’s totally worth having that reputation so that I can tell you about Vertical Inc Marketing Director Ed Chavez’s periodic talks on the various genres of manga and other related topics. This Wednesday, Ed will be holding a discussion on the topic of four-panel comics in manga, a genre which includes titles such as Azumanga Daioh, Hidamari Sketch, Lucky Star and K-On! Though I am not privy to any specific conversation topics, often times the discussion includes the history of a particular genre, how it does in Japan, any theories on what makes it work or not work, and then discussion on how it could work better in America.

I’ll be attending once again, and we’ll be meeting at Kinokuniya NYC, located on 6th Ave in Manhattan between 40th and 41st St at 6:30pm until 8pm.

Really, check it out, and contact Ed Chavez to say you’re coming.

Vertical Vednesday July 29, 2009: Light Novels

To the otaku in the New York City area eager to learn a thing or three about the media we love so very much, I must inform you that there is once more a “Vertical Vednesday” tomorrow, July 29. The topic? Light novels, something that has had a great degree of difficulty penetrating the US market, partially due to how they tend to get bunched in with the manga section. It’s a subject I personally do NOT have much knowledge on, so I will be eager to listen, and if you’ve never heard Vertical Inc. marketing director Ed Chavez speak about manga, etc. in person, then you owe it to yourself to attend. I’ll let Vertical explain it better.

Once again, the plan is to meet at the Japanese bookstore Kinokuniya in Manhattan, located between 40th and 41st St on 6th Ave at 6:30pm. From there, we may move to a different location, so get there on time! Also, this time we will have special guests Ronald Kelts from Japanimerica and possibly Ioannis (Yani) Mentzas, editorial director of Vertical.

Seats are limited, so if you plan to come, RSVP Ed Chavez one way or another.

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.

Another Vertical Vednesday Descending From the Heavens

Once again, Ed Chavez, owner of the MangaCast and new marketing director of Vertical Press wants to discuss manga with YOU, yes YOU tomorrow, June 3rd from 6:30pm to 8pm at Kinokuniya on 6th ave and 41st Street in Manhattan.

For this Vertical Vednesday, Ed will be discussing Shoujo’s often-overlooked cousin, Josei. For those of you who don’t know, Josei is manga targeted at OLDER women instead of young girls. There may also be some discussion of the Guin Saga series of books. If you’ve never heard Ed Chavez talk about manga, I highly recommend that you go because you will inevitably learn something from him.

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.