This Week’s Manga: Slim Pickings

This Week's Manga

Diamond Distributors is really sticking it to Viz Media. This is the second week of no titles from the publisher coming through the Direct Market. Viz releases their shonen and shojo titles on the first Tuesday of the month, which was last week. This week rolls around, and it is as sparse as green is in California lawns.  Maybe next week will be better.

Garden of WordsOf the books actually coming through Diamond, there isn’t really anything I read or am interested in. On the digital front, Vertical Comics has some more of their print titles released in digital. The entire series of From the New World, and the single volume Garden of Words are now available in digital, though I’m still not impressed with the pricing. I still think Kodansha prices their digital editions of print titles too high. Yen Press, Viz Media, and even Seven Seas Entertainment, when they have digital editions available, price their digital titles lower than then print. Charging $12.99 for Garden of Words, which is more than the print edition is just too much. They are dooming their digital initiative. I would buy a lot more Kodansha manga if their digital pricing was more in line with the other publishers.

Full List Per Diamond Distributors/Amazon:

DIGITAL MANGA PUBLISHING
Even So I Will Love You Tenderly GN, $13.95

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT
Amazing Agent Luna Omnibus Volume 5 TP, $18.99
Devils And Realist Volume 8 GN, $12.99
Evergreen Volume 4 GN, $12.99
Freezing Omnibus Volume 4 GN, $19.99
Mayo Chiki Omnibus Volume 2 TP, $19.99

KODANSHA DIGITAL
Coppelion Volume 17, $10.99
Space Brothers Volume 20, $10.99

VERTICAL COMICS DIGITAL
From the New World Volumes 1-7, $10.99/ea
Garden of Words Volume 1, $12.99

VIZ MEDIA DIGITAL
Weekly Shonen Jump Volume 214, $.99

YEN PRESS DIGITAL
Baccano! Chapter 7, $1.99

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