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Unedited Feed from the Yen Press Panel at New York Anime Festival 2010. Transcription: bayoab
Note: ( ) is usually commenting on the panel and was not said.

15:45:35 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Hi everybody
15:46:01 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> I'm Kurt Hassler publishing director
15:46:15 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Up here on stage is Abby Blackman (job lost to noise)
15:46:29 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Senior editor (Gia?) Lee?
15:46:33 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Tanya (??)
15:46:42 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Diving into announcements
15:46:47 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> With the Light Vol 8
15:46:53 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> what's happening with this?
15:46:56 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> will we publish the end?
15:47:06 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> there is one final vol that was published after the creator's death
15:47:26 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> we're pleased to be able to complete it
15:47:37 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> and bring out the final installment with what will be our final volume in sept 2011
15:48:17 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Gail Carriger Soulless
15:48:25 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> we ran an excerpt of this novel
15:48:34 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> we were so taken with the series that we decided we couldn't not do it as manga
15:48:47 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> so we have acquired the rights to do the first 3 in the parasol protector series
15:48:52 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> we're looking for an artist
15:49:00 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> it's on the way, it will be in the yen plus magazine
15:49:32 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> (plot summary)
15:50:38 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> We recently ran the last chapter of nightschool for now in yen+
15:50:55 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> we've been teasing for a while what svetlana will do next
15:51:08 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> she's going to be doing the manga adaptation of james patterson's witch and wizard series
15:51:43 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> will also be running montly in yen plus online
15:51:54 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> so that is actually all our new licenses announcements for today
15:52:04 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> i have several pending that the contracts didn't come through in time
15:52:10 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> we do have one other thing we are debuting at the show today
15:52:37 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> later this month, yenpress will be launching a digital store front for the ipad
15:52:48 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> we know everybody has been keen to get manga on the ipad and we're keen to provide it
15:52:58 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> we're still working with japanese licensors toget agreements made
15:53:08 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> so we're starting with korean and original series
15:53:50 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> you will have the option of doing landscape or portrait view
15:54:21 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> because these are booklength, you actualy get the full volume, but you can read while it downloads in the background
15:54:52 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> we also have some "Fun stuff"
15:55:10 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> previews, extras, etc
15:55:14 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> this is not partnered with anyone
15:55:33 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> we are doing it on our own, it has been submitted to apple, we hope to have it live by the end of the month
15:55:47 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> the more you download it, the more we get to argue with the japanese publishers with
15:55:51 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> that's all for the presentation portion
15:55:53 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Q&A
15:56:25 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Q: Pick up more ADV licenses? A, only adv property we were looking at we already picked up, youtsuba& and azumanga daioh
15:56:42 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Q; did you pick up the kawamori story of young bride? A: Yes, announced at SDCC, (missed date)
15:56:54 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Q: Next vol of yotsuba&? A: december, or online now
15:57:14 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Q: New version of Azumanga in the states? A; don't know the licensing in the states
15:57:29 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Q: Released schedule for Highschool of the dead? A: 3 month release schedule starting in january of next year.
15:57:39 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Q: Novels on amazon? A; Trying to get the rights
15:57:55 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> (Assume that meant digital for Kindle)
15:58:11 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> we know how everyone is keen on digital manga, it's only been in the last 6-8 months that we've been able to have serious decisions about this
15:58:15 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> prior to that it wasn't even for discussion
15:58:22 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> it is new territory for the publishers in japan
15:58:25 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> we're slowly gaining headway
15:58:31 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> nobody is keener than we are to make them available
15:58:51 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Q: 5th volume for sunshine sketch? A: think may or june next year
16:00:10 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Q: When is Witch and Wizard going to be up? A: working on that right now,... svet when will it be done?.... we're hoping next couple months...
16:00:35 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Q: k-on and yotsuba are already in yen+, does it make it easier for other internet platforms?
16:00:46 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> A: serialization online is a different thing
16:01:11 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Q: Is the app only available for the ipad? A; yes, at least initially
16:01:25 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> One of the issues digitally is the quality of the presentation
16:01:31 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> there is a market in japan for mobile manga
16:01:57 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> the idea of doing the authoring, having the creators review it, the differences between the smartphones.. it seems easy but it's a lot of work
16:02:12 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> The thing about the ipad is we can replicated the original presentation of the material
16:02:17 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> and the quality is on par with what we get in print
16:02:27 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> and that is one of the factors that we're really showcasing on this device
16:02:35 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> we want to have it out in a way that's comperable to print
16:03:08 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Q: (Is piracy an issue)? A: Yes, piracy is a concern....
16:03:27 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> The idea that files are being taken and used in ways other than were intended... (lost)
16:03:33 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Q: What price point for the digital releases?
16:03:38 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> A: 8.99 for full volume form
16:04:11 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Q: With the demise of CMX, looking at some of their titles? A: Really isn't anything we're actively looking at.
16:04:34 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Anytime a publisher goes out of business or licenses are lost, there is a lot of baggage in the market...
16:04:37 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> there is a lot that goes on with it...
16:04:47 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> we have done a lot of those, we have done them in the past, but it has been a very targeted selective way
16:04:59 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> i can never say we aren't looking at individual series, but we are only going to do it sporadically
16:05:26 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Q: HSotD on hiatus? A: It came off hiatus when the anime came out
16:05:50 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Q: It's a frequent comment that Yen Press is slow on the internet.... why is it?
16:06:28 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> A: THey aren't making a business of it, they don't deal with the realities of actually selling an enviroment.
16:07:12 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> (Talking about why they can't do montly releases and the difference between the hardcore and regular market... and novels)
16:07:30 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Novels in particular, people don't expect them to be every 6 months, they expect them once a year
16:07:44 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> We're not trying to hold it back. We're trying to put it out in a way so that it can survive
16:07:51 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> I've seen things get put out too quickly, and sales drop
16:08:04 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> As soon as you do that, you are only appealing to the hardcore fanbase and basically flushing the sales down the target
16:08:13 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> what's why we've come to the 6 month release schedule with the novels.
16:08:27 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> we will go faster if we can... higurashi started quarterly and is now eveyr month
16:08:59 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> black butler was partly decided based on the magazine and partly because we if we put it out and let the fans find it and make the retailers see it sell, it does better
16:09:13 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> we do see what the fans say, but part of that is strategic to get the best sales out of the series
16:09:24 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> and continue supporting the titles
16:09:39 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Q: most titles are squniex titles... more titles? good relationship?
16:09:46 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> A: we have a good relationship and we hope it's a long running one
16:09:52 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Q: First vol of K-on release date?
16:09:57 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> A: next month, second vol in march i believe
16:10:07 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> we've only just gotten the final 2 vols so that hasn't been set yet
16:11:02 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> Q: other counties claim about having trouble with square enix... no issues because you are US publisher?
16:11:52 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> A: square enix tries to be supportive of the fanbase and they have some difficult issues with overseas markets because they are trying to help local publishers
16:12:00 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> (paraphrased heavily)
16:13:21 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> (Give away time)
16:14:05 <bay|NYAF|YenPress> (yen press panels usually become just give away and nothing else happens)
Notes: None