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Unedited Feed from the Kodansha USA panel at New York Comic Con 2011. Transcription: bayoab
Note: ( ) is usually commenting on the panel and was not said.

18:32:37 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> (dallas is on stage)
18:32:38 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> hello
18:32:55 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> it is awesome to see this many of you here
18:33:04 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> a little bit of business out of the way quickly
18:33:08 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> oh yea.. what's my name
18:33:12 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Hi, i'm dallas midaugh
18:33:14 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> I work on manga
18:34:21 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> (going over tomorrow's signing)
18:35:30 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> That's enough business... i don't think you are here to listen to me talk
18:35:45 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> please join me in welcoming for the first time to new york, an artist i'm priviledged to know
18:35:50 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> please welcome hiro mashima
18:36:25 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> believe you had a few words you wanted to say to the crowd
18:36:27 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> What's up everyone
18:36:39 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> I'm please to meet you (missed part)
18:36:53 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> as you know japan was hit by worst natural diasters in it's history... (missed)
18:37:23 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> I would like to take this opportunity to americans for their support and genorsity during the difficult time we had, i truly feel the world is connected
18:37:31 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> (it was in english, but really hard to hear)
18:37:47 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> first, mashima sensei has first offered to do a drawing demonstration
18:39:08 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> (i don't have the battery for the video of this)
18:39:15 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> trivia
18:39:26 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> his first published manga was rave... 35 vols.. from 1999 to 2005
18:39:33 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> followed up rave with monster soul, 2 volume in 2006
18:39:42 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> 2006 was also the beginning of fairy tail which is still published today
18:39:53 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> in 2003 he published a collection of stories under mashima n
18:40:06 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> and (missed year) did monster hunter orage
18:40:45 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> also giving a shoutout to funimation who is releasing a dub of the anime
18:40:51 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> going to start next month, in november
18:40:54 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> his favorite food is pasta
18:41:02 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> his favorite comic is berserk
18:41:17 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> recently read and enjoyed batman the killing joke(?)
18:41:20 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> draws on experiences with people in life
18:41:34 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> otaku's usa jason thompson and myself have both appeared in the manga
18:41:35 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> that would be volume 13
18:42:40 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> anything you want to say to the fans while you are working
18:43:14 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> (too busy working on the drawing)
18:43:23 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> how many people are all caught up on fairy tail
18:44:55 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> "it's very rare for me to draw infront of so many people, so i'm really nervous
18:47:17 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> okay, so i'd like to ask you a few questions
18:47:23 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> why did you decide to become a manga creator?
18:48:16 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> M: ever since i was little, i loved drawing pictures, but creating a story was a passion, and before i knew it, it became a profession
18:48:26 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> what manga creators inspire you the most?
18:48:29 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> (couldn't hear)
18:48:48 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> the process of getting published in japan seems like it's highly competitive, how did you succeed
18:49:49 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> M: it's true that it's very competitive to be published in japan, but compared to the past, the entrance way is expanding, so i don't think it's as difficult as before, but once you become one, it's very hard to continue and make a living as one
18:49:55 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> how much time do you spend on your manga each week?
18:50:19 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> M: per week, about 6 days a week, and 1 day, i spent about 17 hours...
18:50:40 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> so in order to come here, i had to write a story in advance, so i worked 18-19 hours a day
18:51:11 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> when we met in 2008, you were working on fairy tail as a weekly and mh orage as a monthly, how did you find time to work on both?
18:51:31 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> M: once i finished with fairy tail, with the little bit of time i had before i went to sleep, i wrote monster
18:51:40 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> how did you find yourself working on MH orage? Big fan of the games?
18:52:15 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> M: yes, i have been a big fan of the original game, and it has a particular word that i have picked as a manga and it went asking for the rights and it happened to be successful
18:52:21 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> any other games you happen to be a fan of?
18:52:28 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> M: recently, gears of wars 3
18:52:47 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> so the american players are so strong, i can't count how frequently my head got blown off, also assassin creed
18:53:14 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> moving on to the anime, funimation is debuting the dub of the show for the first time, what expectation do you have for the dub? how do you expect the market will react to it?
18:54:22 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> M: most significant version betwene the versions is the cast members, the japanes ecast members are passionate people and they match thier image, i of course have high expectations for the american version as well, (lost)
18:54:59 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> (want to meet voice actors, hope they match the characters but it's okay if it doesn't match since it will be the america version ) of course natsu shouts a lot, so i'm worried about the voice actor losing his voice
18:55:12 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> will anything from this trip make it into a future fairy tail story?
18:55:37 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> M: Well, i want to put you in dallas, and of course, new york is the forefront of popculture, so of course just looking at the city scape inspires me
18:56:02 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> one more question and then we will move on to take question for the audience? what's coming up in fairy tail? and do you have any idea of how it might end and when?
18:56:07 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> M; Secret
18:56:22 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> taking questions from audience.... we have a mic
18:56:26 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> why don't you go ahead and line up
18:56:28 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Q&A
18:57:13 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Q: Why did you deicde to do a 7 year timeskip in the story line?
18:57:47 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> A: the american fairy tail hasn't gotten to the point exactly so i rather you look forward to that
18:58:19 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Q: what is your favorite story that you've drawn in fairy tail?
18:58:46 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> A: i don't have one in particular but i do love drawing the part where all the guild members are gathered at the bar and are being rowdy and loud
18:58:54 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Q: Favorite fairy tail character and why?
18:59:25 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> A: That's really hard, since I gave birth to them and I love them all, if i had pick one right now, it would be natsu
18:59:54 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Q: Do you miss working on Rave?
19:00:39 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> A; well of course, haru and eri are charaters that are dear to my heart but in japan there is a collabroation between fairy tail and rave master and i hope to presenta that to the US audience soon
19:01:12 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Q: (what did you learn from one of your assistants and what did she learn from you? yurai?)
19:02:30 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> A: it's true that she worked as one of my staff from 3-4 years and i know she was a talented writers, and ther ewas not hing in particular, of course i taught her some of the technical aspects but she always exceeds my expectations and (lost)
19:02:35 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Q: More dragon slayers in the future?
19:02:43 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> A: I'd love to give you the answer but my editor is glaring at me
19:03:19 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Q: Will Gray come back to the series? (think i heard that right)
19:03:29 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> A: Yes
19:04:00 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> I would like to take a moment to ask that people restrict their questions to the first 16 vols that have been released in the US
19:04:25 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Q: Connection between someone and natsu... beyond 16
19:04:31 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> A: that's beyond 16...
19:04:44 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Dallas: Listen to me people, you dont' want to make me angry (jokingly)
19:04:59 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Q: What inpsired you in the genre? (missed?)
19:05:21 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> A: This genre of magic is filled with dreams and when i was little, i wanted to use magic and i just wanted to draw a world filled with magic
19:05:49 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Q: I know Haru in Rave which is spring, and Natsu in Fairy tail which is summer, what gave you that idea to use seasons?
19:07:04 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> A: So this is rather technical, but the magazine that i do at the time, the genre was rare, so they asked me to come up with a wastern name with ajapanese element, and of course natsu comes after haru, so that was a sequence there, but inmy project there is also an aki character and mafuyu, so i don't know what's going to come next
19:07:09 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> so i'm a little troubled
19:07:26 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Q: When you drew lucy, did you already have an idea it would be similar to ellie or did you already know that?
19:08:01 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> A: I had no intention of making them similar , but they ended up that way because the type of women i think were cute (Are that way)
19:08:37 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Q: At the end of the fairy tail festival art, there is some big reveal. (about something i can't follow... rematch between natsu and gajeel?)
19:09:07 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> A: He's a very popular character as well, so i guess you can expect them to fight again or collaborate, so look forward to it
19:09:20 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Q: Anyway we can figure out who the 3rd rave master is?
19:09:57 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> A: I guess it's little hard, but it's supposed to be ellie, but that's not clear in the story, but if you look at the guidebook that was published exclusively in japan, it says that
19:10:00 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Thank you mashima-sensei
19:11:01 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> going ahead and draw 5 names to find the 5 winners
19:12:50 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> (all girls)
19:14:16 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> we're going to say good bye to mashima sensei
19:14:13 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> and then roll over into the kodansha comics new announcements
19:14:39 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> now is my turn
19:14:44 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> speaking of which, i should get the lights up slightly
19:15:01 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> um... kodansha comics started publishing just a few years ago with akira and started full line just this spring in may
19:15:09 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> the first book i want to talk to you about you may have already hurd
19:15:16 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> sailor moon and codename sailor v
19:15:35 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> oh, and that's koda shimizu, general manager of kodansha usa (name?)
19:15:46 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> and today we announced, that due to sales response from it 1 month ago, we had to double our print run
19:15:52 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> we had to increase it to 100k copies in print
19:15:58 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> and i don't think it's going to stay there
19:16:05 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> of course every good vol 1 deserves a vol 2
19:16:09 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> vol 2 of both seies nov 16th 2011
19:16:30 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> vol 3 jan 17 2012
19:16:26 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> vol 4 march 13 2012
19:17:08 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> pgsm for the above 2
19:16:40 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> genshiken omnibus may 2012
19:16:46 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> kitchen princess omnibus june 2012
19:16:48 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> 3 vol for genshiken
19:17:25 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Miles Edgeworth Ace Attorney May 2012
19:17:34 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> (Gyakuen kenji)
19:17:48 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Phoenix wright ace attorney is 5 vols, that will wrap up in spring
19:18:00 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> the sequel will be bimonthly, and i believe it will also be 5 vols
19:18:03 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> here's our big reveal
19:18:06 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> attack on titan
19:18:14 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> hajime isayama
19:18:25 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> 5 volumes in japan in 1 year selling almost 6 million coppies
19:18:39 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> (kyoujin no shingeki i believe is the jp title, from memory)
19:19:01 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> (going over the plot now)
19:19:38 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> so...
19:19:41 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> that's our new title announcements...
19:19:42 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> but...
19:19:46 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> we do have one more announcement...
19:19:54 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> kodansha comics ipad app
19:19:58 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> most books priced at $4.99
19:20:01 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> launching midnight tonight
19:20:05 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> starting with 4 series, more to come
19:20:28 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> special promo, fairy tail $2.99 each for the first 2 weeks
19:20:54 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Arisa, Sayonara Zetsbou Sensei, Till the full moon, Fairy tail are the launch titles
19:21:01 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> now more raffle
19:24:19 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> got 6 min left.. got any questions
19:24:49 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Q: What determins what manga we pick?
19:24:54 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> A: we look at the kodansha catalog
19:25:03 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Q: Android app planned?
19:25:12 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> A: Just focused on the ipad for now, more announcements in the coming months
19:25:47 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Q: Simultaneous releases with Japan? Especially digitally?
19:26:08 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> A: I think it's a wonderful idea, i don't have anything to announce today, the most logistically difficult thing is that they are 8 or 9 vols ahead in Japan
19:26:39 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Q: Re-licensing Getbackers?
19:26:44 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> A; At this point, not on our list
19:26:57 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> Q: (missed) yes it's possible
19:28:10 <bay|NYCC|Kodansha> End
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