How to report misprints or errors to manga publishers

I keep seeing posts about some misprints on r/MangaCollectors so let me share some of the best ones:

This post from a bookstore worker describes the conditions of manga from different publishers that arrive at their store.

1. Take pictures of the issue & share on social media

I don’t read The Promised Neverland, but the misprints showed up on my Twitter feed anyways. Take a picture, describe the issue and which series & volume is affected, and mention the publisher with their social media tag.

Most publishers do not have an active social media / marketing person besides Seven Seas and Viz, so they will most likely not respond. Sharing the info publicly on Twitter, Facebook group, Reddit, etc. will at least show that these kinds of things are happening.

2.  Give official feedback through Publishers contact forms

In order for manga publishers to have substantial evidence of an issue, the best way is to give them feedback about it through their email or contact forms. It lets them know that their current printer is sending out misprint copies to stores and if they get enough feedback through email documentation, they might eventually switch printers if this keeps happening.

One of the main complaints with publishers like Kodansha Comics and Viz is that their spines are often misaligned and sent out as sales copies. A lot of people deal with it now by either ordering several copies at once online and returning the least perfect copy (like if you have extra cash and buy on Amazon, which has free returns), or buy a copy online and exchange it in-store with a better copy (like at Barnes & Noble).

Publishers will most likely not give you a refund on spine alignment issues. You will probably have to sell it used if you cannot return or exchange it.

With all manga publishers, describe the issue, include the manga title and volume number, where you bought it from, and attach pictures as attachments or through an imgur link. If you could not return or exchange it with wherever you bought it from (Amazon, bookstore, comic shop, etc), you can also ask for a partial/full refund from them.

Viz Media

You will have to go to this form: https://www.viz.com/company-contact and submit your issue about your misprint there. Use imgur links for your photos about the misprint, since you cannot attach any images to the contact form.

Kodansha Comics

You will have to go to this form: HERE and submit your issue about your misprint there. Use imgur links for your photos about the misprint, since you cannot attach any images to the contact form.

OR

Email Kodansha Comics at hello@kodanshacomics.com with subject [MISPRINT – <INSERT PROBLEM HERE>] (eg. MISPRINT – FIRE FORCE VOL 5) and send them pictures of the issue, describe the issue and why you’re upset, and where you bought it from.

Yen Press

Email Yen Press at yenpress@yenpress.com with subject [MISPRINT – <INSERT PROBLEM HERE>] (eg. MISPRINT – BLACK BUTLER VOL 28) and send them pictures of the issue, describe the issue and why you’re upset, and where you bought it from.

Seven Seas Entertainment

You will have to go to this form: https://sevenseasentertainment.com/about/contact-us/ and submit your issue about your misprint there. Use imgur links for your photos about the misprint, since you cannot attach any images to the contact form.

Dark Horse Manga

You will have to go to this form: https://www.darkhorse.com/Help/Contact/ and submit your issue about your misprint there. Use imgur links for your photos about the misprint, since you cannot attach any images to the contact form.

Vertical Comics

Email Vertical Comics at info@vertical-inc.com with subject [MISPRINT – <INSERT PROBLEM HERE>] (eg. MISPRINT – FLYING WITCH VOL 7) and send them pictures of the issue, describe the issue and why you’re upset, and where you bought it from.

One Peace Books

Email One Peace Books at info@onepeacebooks.com with subject [MISPRINT – <INSERT PROBLEM HERE>] (eg. MISPRINT – Hinamatsuri VOL 4) and send them pictures of the issue, describe the issue and why you’re upset, and where you bought it from.

DENPA

Email DENPA at contact@denpa.pub with subject [MISPRINT – <INSERT PROBLEM HERE>] (eg. MISPRINT – Inside Mari VOL 5) and send them pictures of the issue, describe the issue and why you’re upset, and where you bought it from.

Udon Entertainment

You will have to go to this form: http://www.udonentertainment.com/blog/contact and submit your issue about your misprint there. Use imgur links for your photos about the misprint, since you cannot attach any images to the contact form.

FAKKU

(NSFW) You will have to go to this form: https://www.fakku.net/contact and submit your issue about your misprint there. Use imgur links for your photos about the misprint, since you cannot attach any images to the contact form.

Fantagraphics

Email Fantagraphics at FBIComix@fantagraphics.com with subject [ATTN: EDITORIAL – MISPRINT <INSERT PROBLEM HERE>] (eg. ATTN: EDITORIAL – MISPRINT The Poe Clan VOL 1) and send them pictures of the issue, describe the issue and why you’re upset, and where you bought it from.

Tokyopop

You will have to go to this form: https://www.tokyopop.com/contact and submit your issue about your misprint there. Use imgur links for your photos about the misprint, since you cannot attach any images to the contact form.

Digital Manga Publishing / June

Email Digital Manga Publishing at contact-us@emanga.com or June at june_desk@emanga.com with subject [MISPRINT – <INSERT PROBLEM HERE>] (eg. MISPRINT – Kimagure Orange Road Omnibus Vol. 1) and send them pictures of the issue, describe the issue and why you’re upset, and where you bought it from.

That should cover most of the big and smaller English publishers! Most of the time, a publisher will probably not reply even with a customer service quality concern.

What kind of misprints have you gotten when buying NEW manga published in English? Let me know in the comments!

State of the US Manga Industry 2019

Viz Media massively upgrading to the digital era, Seven Seas becoming one of the most beloved publishers, and newcomers and comebacks in the physical/digital manga scene.

*DISCLAIMER* I am just a fan doing general observations about the manga industry and chiming in with my thoughts; I have no insight into the inner workings of manga licensing.

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Tutorial: UPPERCASE to Title Case in Excel

Here’s my quick tutorial on how to change uppercase to title case in Excel (and Sublime Text). A typical reason is to convert UPPERCASE English translations into corrected “I” for lettering or typesetting. We do this to prevent crossbar I’s from showing up on most fonts in the middle of words. (In most cases, companies are usually okay with crossbar I at the beginning of sentences)

Note: This only works with uppercase fonts! If you’re using lowercase fonts, you will have to google another method.

Nate Piekos (Blambot) on the proper use of crossbar I

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Rohan at the Louvre Book Cover




Rohan at the Louvre





Hirohiko Araki





Seinen, Supernatural




Nbm Publishing




April 1, 2012




128




Joe Johnson




Ortho



Rohan Kishibe from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure goes on a journey to the Louvre to find the darkest, most evil painting stored in the famous art museum’s archives.

We open up with a question: Have you seen the blackest color in all the world? (well actually, maybe) For Rohan, who deals with ink on a daily basis as a manga artist, it is an intriguing idea that helps him fly to France to see this mysterious painting.

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Finally some of the stuff that I’ve lettered a few months ago has been released. Luckily, the first title provided layered files for chapter 1, which I’m eternally grateful for! The other ones were mostly subtitled SFX which I’m also grateful for… hopefully the rest of the titles that I’ve worked on gets released soon.

I’m actually going to be taking a break from lettering for a short while but I’ll be back!

Yuri Wall by Setaseta

Yuri Wall by SetasetaOriginal name: Yuri Kabe (ゆりかべ) by Setaseta

A cute series where someone is reincarnated as a wall in an apartment where they can observe yuri relationships up close! It’s actually super hilarious and yes, I originally was hooked with the kabedon cover.

“As an outsider, I want to silently protect and watch over the love between women…,” said a Yuri fanatic that got hit by a car and reincarnated as a wall in a certain apartment! And for some reason, the residents of the apartment room are always two girls in yuri relationship… Let’s support these cute and heartwarming couples together with the passionate wall in “Yuri Wall”!

Read it on Manga.club / more info @ MangaUpdates

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Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I last posted. I am pretty busy with freelance work and summer classes start next week for me. If everything goes well, I should graduate in December 2018! *sobs* I’ve been in college on & off for a longass time and switched my degree and university AND kinda failed math classes on the way… I have weak motivation which delayed my graduation for a while…

Karate Heat by Eiichi Kitano

cover for Karate Heat

taken from Kodansha Comics

This has been a secret for a while, but I worked on Karate Heat (てのひらの熱を) by Eiichi Kitano. [MangaUpdates] [MyAnimeList]. It’s a shonen series about… KARATE! (lol)

“All you need is the floor and your body. Then all that’s left is to make a fist.” Shinya Kinoshita, a boy with incredible posture, and Takumi Yanagiya, the 6-time elementary school national champion meet one day by chance … but surely it’s fate. As the two laugh and are drawn to each other, the stage is set for this story of the Kawasaki Ukishima Junior High School Karate Club—a fun-filled martial-arts journey full of friendship and smiles begins now!

Check out volume 1 on Bookwalker, Comixology, or Kindle! Series link HERE!

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I would like to focus on the manga portion of The Beat’s thorough analysis of BookScan 2017. NPD BookScan tracks between 80% and 85% of print sales according to Publisher’s Weekly. FYI Brian Hibbs did an amazing job on this report and went crazy into the numbers portion in a way that more casual readers could understand. He kept mentioning “long tail,” which is “used to refer to the large number of products that sell in small quantities, as contrasted with the small number of best-selling products.” Apparently, manga has a long tail? I only skimmed the article since it’s about 15K+ words (90 min read) and focused my attention on the manga portion. If you want to check out last month’s BookScan chart, see Feb 2018 Top 20 Manga Chart.

With over 10,248 items listed, 5.9 million sold for a total of $85.6M, manga seems to be selling well! However, compared to 2008 when 7842 items listed, 10.2 million sold for a total of $100.8M during the manga boom, it pales in comparison. Remember that Borders closed in 2011, which led to many US manga companies to shut down.

Let’s see the top 6 manga publishers of 2017 and analyze the numbers after the break!

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As a manga lover, this past year has been amazing for digital releases with Kodansha USA picking up the speed on volume releases.. We can strongly say that seinen, sports, and josei manga have a chance of getting licensed again! Seven Seas Entertainment now includes a monthly manga request survey! You can also give feedback to Weekly Shonen Jump with their weekly feedback survey (even if you’re not subscribed).

I’m starting a monthly request series for manga licenses! It will be a quick way to keep this blog updated while I type up reviews on the side (I actually want to do at least 1 manga review each month…)

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