Manga Mondays: Hall of Manga
Do you hang up manga pictures where you work? So do we! In fact, we have an entire hallway here at Dark Horse dedicated to them, running along that all-important route that connects the kitchen to the editorial conference room.
The closest posters from this angle are Trigun Maximum Omnibus and Oreimo. You'll notice these are fairly recent Dark Horse Manga releases. That's because we like to update the images every few months, although you can also find posters and displays in Dark Horse's office from throughout our history (for example, up front we have one of the banners used to advertise the original Hellboy movie in 2004—it's five feet high and almost twenty feet long!).
Here's that side of the hallway again, but looking down from the other direction, so as to get a better view of Blood Blockade Battlefront, Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Detective Diary, and Drifters. These manga frames, by the way, were created and are updated by Cara Niece, our Director of Scheduling, with the assistance of Jason Rickerd and Jeremy Helton. If you're wondering how the images get chosen, there are a number of factors involved, but one is that we simply ask people in the office for suggestions on what to put up ^_^
The opposite side of the hallway gives us a chance to consider the timelessness of manga. One of the oldest manga Dark Horse has released is Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy, which began in 1952. One of the newest is CLAMP's Gate 7, which began in 2010. Almost sixty years separate them in history, but on our wall they're right next to each other. Time really does have less meaning when it comes to manga; after all, our best-selling title is Lone Wolf and Cub, which is from the 1970s, yet is still going strong in the 21st century!
Further down the hallway, even the space above the fire extinguisher is claimed for manga—in this instance, by a portrait of Saya Kisaragi from Blood-C. Despite appearances, in case of Saya the fire department will be of limited use; you're much better off calling the paramedics, and then perhaps the coroner.
But manga aren't just carefully framed and displayed here at Dark Horse. They're also crudely affixed to the wall with Scotch tape, as in this series of motivational excerpts. By the way, that's from the Japanese edition of Sin City in the upper right, as a reminder that we publish their books and they publish ours. I remember seeing two fans excitedly discussing The Umbrella Academy at the Kinokuniya store in Shinjuku, Tokyo (did you know the director of Kill La Kill, Hiroyuki Imaishi, has drawn fan art of The Umbrella Academy?). Now you may object that Sin City isn't really manga, but read Ashen Victor and you'll see the influence Frank Miller took from Japan came full circle ^_^
—Carl Horn, Manga Editor