Art Design

Josh McKible

Josh McKible is a Tokyo-based illustrator who I met a while back at a PechaKucha Night, and he’s just updated the portfolio he has at Illoz with some new pieces.

Anime Magazines Manga

Otaku USA Magazine

Big news for Patrick Macias, who’s back in town now.

Sovereign Media Inc., an active interest niche magazine publishing company that publishes SCI FI — the official magazine of the SCI FI Channel, is launching Otaku USA Magazine in June. Patrick Macias, a correspondent for the NHK World Television show Tokyo Eye and author of Cruising the Anime City: an Otaku Guide to Neo-Tokyo, and Tokyoscope: The Japanese Cult film companion, will be editing the new magazine, which he described as follows: “Each issue of OtakuUSA will be oversized 9 x 10 7/8, with a poster bound in the center spread, and a DVD inserted onto the front cover, with full- length Anime features and game demos. In addition, each issue of Otaku USA will include a full manga feature, printed as a pull-out section. My aim is to make Otaku USA the best, most comprehensive Japanese pop culture magazine in the marketplace.”

The typical issue of Otaku USA, which will have a cover price of $9.99 ($11.99 in Canada), will be at least 150 pages long and printed in full color on glossy paper. The bimonthly magazine will cover manga, anime, computer games and J-Pop, and it will be written by an American staff from an American point of view.

Curtis Circulation Company, a division of Hachette, will be handling all national and international newsstand distribution of the magazine. Using Curtis’ connections Sovereign Media has purchased checkout display pockets at every Borders, Barnes & Noble, Walden Books, Hastings and Books-a-Million in the U.S. According to Sovereign Media’s CEO Mark Hintz, “Our targeted first issue distribution is well in excess of 125,000 copies.”