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    Volume » Published by Futabasha Publishers Ltd.. Started in 2000.

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    Manga Town last edited by MudEyes on 03/27/23 06:03AM View full history

    Proper Japanese Title: まんがタウン

    Manga Town is a monthly yonkoma manga magazine that had its origins in Futabasha's most famous manga magazine, Weekly Manga Action. In the 90's Action featured a number of popular comedic manga including Crayon Shin-chan and Jarinko Chie. Shin-chan's success lead to more than a dozen special issues in the late 90's centered on the series and in 2000 these were replaced with the launch of the independent Manga Town magazine.

    Manga Town ultimately took over several long-running franchises from Manga Action including Shin-chan, Kariage-kun and Kamakura Monogatari. These three and Koikeda Maya's My Pace series (continued from the Manga Action Shin-chan special issues of the late 90's) formed the core of the early magazine with Shin-chan being the face of the magazine. By 2003 he became the full cover mascot series and remained that way until 2010 due to the unfortunate death of the author, Yoshito Usui.

    A few months later Usui's studio relaunched the manga as a new series and it again became a regular cover feature but since then the magazine has given a variety of different authors the cover with a regular mix of traditional gag art-styles and contemporary works. Town serves as one of the few examples of a successful ongoing yonkoma magazine not published by Houbunsha or Takeshobo, though some of its authors also publish in those magazines.


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