American Comic Book Writers to be Published Alongside Japanese Legends Thanks to New One-shot Venture

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 11, 2023) – Today, VIZ Media as part of its VIZ Originals line
launches a one-shot submissions portal
which will see American aspiring creators
published alongside Japanese legends including Rumiko Takahashi, Junji Ito and Haro Aso
via the Viz Manga digital service. The new platform will produce bite-size original manga
stories covering a variety of interests from horror to comedy and from action to romance,
all locally created by debut and seasoned writers.

The Japanese one-shot model for serialization boasts the most influential and successful
track record on the planet for launching debut manga creators. It is a model in which a
one-shot (a complete story running between 15 – 60 pages) is published for an already
built-in audience who then determine whether it should go on to be serialized as a manga

Leading the acquisitions for the next big manga is former Weekly Shonen Jump Editor-in-
Chief Hisashi Sasaki who oversaw Japan’s prestigious Weekly Shonen Jump magazine at a
time when some of the most iconic, beloved and highest grossing creators of all were
being serialized including Eiichiro Oda‘s One Piece, Masashi Kishimoto‘s Naruto, and Tite
Kubo’s Bleach, amongst many others.

With Sasaki’s guidance, creators whose submissions are selected will have the
opportunity to work closely with the revered Japanese manga editor, making Viz Media
the only publisher in the US to offer this experience domestically. Until now, mangainfluenced
creators who aspire to work with Japanese editors have had to travel to Tokyo
for such an opportunity.

“In Japan, a yomikiri or one-shot story has a proven track record for producing hit manga,
and I’m thrilled to implement this method at VIZ for local writers in the U.S. I’m particularly
excited to work with aspiring mangaka as Japanese pop culture continues to keep fans
enthused and wanting more,” said Hisashi Sasaki, Editor-at-Large.

Additionally, successful one-shots can access a wealth of capabilities at Viz Media
including the licensing and establishing of an IP as an ongoing series for digital and print
formats, producing their story into an anime, and the production of consumer products.

About VIZ Originals:

VIZ Originals delivers manga-inspired graphic novels as well as manga adaptations of
existing pop-culture success stories from books, TV, and film. Since launching in 2020, VIZ
Originals can now be found in 14 languages around the world and cover many interests
such as slice-of-life, seinen, shonen, shojo, and BL. Highlights include Rainbow Rowell’s
manga adaptation of her coming-of-age award-winning novel Fangirl, while webcomic
sensation Devil’s Candy from Ren and Bikkuri has gone on to be serialized in Japan – a rare
feat for American-made manga. Future key title Betwixt, featuring a cover and foreword
by mangaka legend Junji Ito, is a first-of-it’s kind international showcase of horror,
publishing ahead of Halloween 2023 and bringing together Japanese and western
creators such as Becky Cloonan, Ryo Hanada, Leslie Hung and Aki Shimizu.

VIZ Originals is thrilled to publish exciting new work by both debut and experienced
creators, bringing legendary characters to life and nurturing the storytellers of today.

About Viz Media:

An international authority on manga for more than three decades, Viz Media is leading
the way in what’s now, new and next. Reaching one in four millennials and half of all GenZ
manga readers, VIZ is at the forefront of America’s Japanese pop-culture phenomenon,
which today dominates multiple industries from publishing and animation to film and

VIZ is proud to be the #1 destination for manga in America and home to some of the most
prestigious anime brands driving the industry. Combined with a market share footprint
larger than household names collectively, VIZ has pivoted from a localization company to
a market leading pop culture publisher and producer.

Viz Media is proudly certified as a Most Loved Workplace® in America and Inc
Magazine’s 2023 Best Workplaces. For more information on Viz Media visit:

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