This video will begin at Thursday, July 23, 2020, 04:00 PDT.
While COVID-19 negatively impacted most book and comics publishers, one of the few bright spots in book sales in Spring 2020 was . . . manga!? What are the factors contributing to manga's resiliency, and what are its prospects for the future? Get a taste of what's hot, what's not, and what's next from the perspective of top publishing pros, including Ben Applegate (director - publisher services, Penguin Random House), Kevin Hamric (vice president - marketing sales, VIZ Media), Mark de Vera (sales and marketing director, Yen Press), Masaaki Shimizu (general manager and publisher, book publishing division, Square Enix), Ed Chavez (publisher, Denpa Books), Tomo Tran (marketing director, Kodansha USA / Vertical), Erik Ko (chief of operations, Udon Entertainment), Dallas Middaugh (executive editor and co-founder, Mangamo), and Matt Alt (translator and author, Pure Invention: How Japan's Pop Culture Conquered the World). Moderated by Deb Aoki (Publishers Weekly, Anime News Network).