Aww, Vertical Publishing is the cute. They are all like, “No one wants to come to our panels but press…” and all the journalists are like, “but we love you.”
Cookbooks: Two stand alone publications, Iron Chef Chen’s Knockout Chinese (April 2009) and The Worry-free Baker: Treats without Oil and Butter (October 2009). Now, I’m a fan of the Iron Chef, but how hard is it going to be to assemble the ingredients (admittedly they state a dish requires shark.) A series of healthy cookbooks will be put out every other month by famous chef Kantaro
More panel goodness after the jump!
Non-fiction Books: Sayonara Mr. Fatty by Toshio Okada and Walking Your Way to a Better Life by Mimiko. Wow Vertical… you make me all starved looking at cook books, then you tell me I should lose weight, seriously now?
Fiction Books: The Cat in the Coffin (May 2009). Nanny and child bond over a pet cat… everything else is a mystery. Summer of Ubume (July 2009) by Natsuhiko Kyogoku. We’re told Kyogoku is the Neil Gaiman of Japan, and apparently this is one of his strange titles. Comparison to Faust is being made, but once again, Vertical doesn’t want us to be spoiled.
Alright, that’s it. Vertical wants to assuage fears of their financial state, saying they are solid, and will continue to stay independent for the foreseeable future. Their relatively low yield (for them) was admittedly due to financial concerns, but they say that won’t continue to be a problem… no details as to why. On an interesting note, they say the hardest part of their job is acquiring rights, not translating, editing, or even distribution. This is a heavy swap from the Anime industry that has piles of titles, and dies on the vine for more channels of distribution.
Okay, now they are giving away prizes. I want one! Darn. Nothing. Brigid from from mangablog won something though…gratz…
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