Vertical Licensing Spring 2014 Survey -
So the first week is over and we’ve received a tonne of responses. THANK YOU!!!
And today, I had my first meeting with Vertical’s CEO about the survey and what we want out of it. The news is good, as is the data. However, the project now has a lot more focus than we have had in the past.
Essentially we are looking at maybe 2, max of 3, titles for Spring 2015 that are going to come out of this survey. 1 short series is the priority. 1 one-shot is the other hi-potential option and another potential series.
So if you haven’t shared your recommendations with us, go put them in the survey before this Friday when the window closes. (Our next round will be in August). Click on the link below and happy hunting!
As Vertical begins to schedule books for Summer and Fall 2015, we wanted to ask our readers a few questions about what they would like to see from Vertical. And a bit about their buying habits.
ibt asked: I'm out of the loop, what's the problem with Shogakukan?
Heh… I am certain this has to be a joke, since three of the last 4 asks have basically been about the same question, but…
Shogakukan are exclusively distributed in English through Viz Media…which also happens to be their US branch. Shogakukan is Viz!!
tursakebu asked: I recently heard you express interest in publishing the Patlabor manga on an episode of ANNCast. Is it just a thing that won't happen unless hell freezes over since it's a Shogakukan title, or is there actually some hope for it? Just wanted to express my interest on the topic. Also, great work with Origin as usual.
Yup Shogakukan is completely out of our reach. To be honest, I personally was contacted by HeadGear about publishing PatLabor a few years ago but once I mentioned Shogakukan’s situation with Viz they stopped all communication.
So nope, as I mentioned in the ANNcast, Vertical will never publish it. Zac and that person on twitter were asking me a hypothetical set in a perfect world where exclusivity issues do not exist and vanity projects were feasible.
soulmaster9999 asked: I've always been wondering why are you not allowed to licence shogakugan or shuiesha titles that Viz will not licence?
We have wondered that ourselves.
ionlyhaveyes4you asked: I was just reading Knights Of Sidonia Volume 4 (which is fab by the way) and i noticed the colour pages were at the back, was that intentional, if so why? Also you've mentioned before that you dont know how long KoS will go on for and that you're a bit worried. Is there any chance that you'd drop it if it got to 20+ volumes? I really hope not because i love it!
Color pages in the back? Yup. We simply follow the Japanese editions. Nihei wanted them there, so we complied. What else should have done? ;)
Regarding the length of Sidonia…Well, sure it is a concern. Length is always an issue even for hit titles. Honestly, I cannot predict the future so I don’t want to even speculate cause it might be misinterpreted as fact (which is something that happens a lot on the net these days).
Took advantage of animetoday's bundle sale on vertical-inc's Flowers of Evil. Pre-ordered the next book too while I was at it.