SDCC 2016: Making a Living in Manga: From Fan to Pro and Manga Publishing Pros Industry Roundtable Panels

Jamie Coville of has posted and shared two more panels from San Diego Comic-Con 2016. Check them out below!

Making a Living in Manga: From Fan to Pro (53:31, 49mb)
[Panel Recording and Picture by Deb Aoki of]
It’s one thing to cosplay at a con and draw fan art, but how can you turn your passion for manga, anime, and cosplay into a real career? Get the real deal on what it takes to make the leap from fan to pro from people who know what it takes to succeed, as well as the common pitfalls to avoid. Join Lillian Diaz-Pryzbyl (head of comics, Sparkler Monthly), Christopher Butcher (director, Toronto Comic Arts Festival), Mark DeVera (publishing sales manager, VIZ Media), Misaki C. Kido (marketing director, Kodansha Advanced Media), Mari Morimoto (translator, Naruto), Marlene First (editor, VIZ Media), Erik Ko (director, Udon Entertainment) and Maria Victoria Robado (artist/letterer/ colorist, Jem) as they talk about how they turned their passion for manga, anime and cosplay into a career and what they look for when they’re hiring artists, writers and editors. Discussion and Q&A session moderated by Deb Aoki (Publishers Weekly, Anime News Network)

Manga Publishing Pros Industry Roundtable (56:14, 51.4mb)
[Panel Recording and Picture by Deb Aoki of] After a few years of fading fortunes, manga publishing is catching its second wind. More manga and light novels are hitting the shelves in bookstores and comic shops, and more titles than ever are available in digital formats the same day/date as in Japan. So have things truly turned around for Japanese comics in North America? Get a taste of what’s hot, what’s not, and what’s next for manga in North America and Japan from top publishing pros, including Kurt Hassler (publisher and managing director, Yen Press), Michael Gombos (director of international publishing and licensing, Dark Horse Comics), Ben Applegate (associate director, publisher services, Penguin Random House), Erik Ko (chief of operations, Udon Entertainment) and Stu Levy (TOKYOPOP). Moderated by Deb Aoki (Publishers Weekly, Anime News Network).

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