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May 3rd, 2020
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  1. How to Request BL from companies:
  3. Seven Seas:
  4. >Print and Digital
  5. >Monthly survey linked in OP
  6. >Suggestions for requests also linked in OP
  7. >Direct BL publishing links with Gentosha (RuTile), Akaneshinsha (Opera), WWWave (BL Screamo), Suiseisha (GlanzBL).
  8. >Have published non-BL from Futabasha and Akita Shoten
  9. >Willing to do LN as well as manga
  11. Futekiya:
  12. >Digital (Potentially print-on-demand in the future)
  13. >Although we do not formally accept title requests, we actively read and welcome your opinions on Twitter and on contact forms. Please understand that we may not respond to each request individually. Additionally, we sometimes ask on our Community Surveys which titles and genres you would like to see more of so please, keep an eye out! []
  14. >They often respond to tweets and reply in more detail to polite DMs.
  15. >Direct publishing links with Shodensha (OnBLUE magazine) and Home-Sha
  16. >Love working with Doujinshi Artists (eg. Ayu Yamane, Makuno, mec, Nacolat)
  17. >Have released super-light novels
  19. Renta:
  20. >Digital
  21. >Request form:
  22. >Direct publishing links with a LOT of companies, most notably Takeshobo (Qpa magazine and others), Julian Publishing, SHU-CREAM POP, DeNIMO, Junet Co. LTD, HOUBUNSHA, KiR comics, Shodensha (OnBlue), Nihonbungeisha
  23. >Not great image quality and not print, but one of the easiest to buy and read from. Unclear whether requests are followed up on or not.
  24. >Seem to have picked up a few of DMG's old licenses.
  26. SuBLime
  27. >Print and Digital
  28. >Request on twitter or through email
  29. >Relatively responsive, they do actually listen to what people want (though the buck stops with their somewhat picky editor).
  30. >Seem happy to work with pretty much any JP company, and have rescued licenses from dead companies.
  32. Irodori Sakura
  33. >Digital
  34. >Focus on doujinshi/independent comics, they do both 18+ (uncensored and sold on Fakku!) and all audiences (sold on Amazon Kindle/Comixology).
  35. >Very responsive to requests, have done surveys in the past and are active on social media.
  37. Kuma
  38. >Print and Digital
  39. >Part of Fakku
  40. >Very mysterious??? Extremely slow release cycle, very high quality.
  41. >[*TRIED: Twitter DM on April 27, not seen by May 3.]
  42. >[*TO DO: Email them.]
  44. Yaoicat/Mangacat
  45. >Digital
  46. >Very new company, seem to be trying something like DMG where they license things and get fans to do the translations?
  47. >[*TO DO: Email about how to request/what their strategy is/do they have any connections with particular publishers.]
  48. >[*TO DO: DM people on twitter who are translating for them about workflow and whether they get paid.]
  50. One Peace Books
  51. >Print and Digital
  52. >Open to Requests! []
  53. >Very small indie company, also publish from English to Japanese
  54. >Only seem to have done I Hear the Sunspot
  56. Yen Press
  57. >Print and Digital
  58. >Graphic novel imprint of major western publishing house Hachette
  59. >Partnership with Square Enix and Kadokawa
  60. >Have licensed some manhua in the past
  61. >[TO DO: Contact them about requests]
  63. Tokyopop
  64. >Print and Digital
  65. >Weird history where they almost died and are kind of having a revival. LOVExLOVE line is for their Romance, BL, and GL.
  66. >Connections with Gentosha, Mag Garden, Printemps Shuppan
  67. >[TO DO: Contact them about requests]
  69. June
  70. >Print and Digital
  71. >Very shady past, have fallen down on kickstarters recently. [***Anyone got more details?]
  72. >Highly active and responsive on social media, but untrustworthy
  73. >They will probably respond to your request, but it's unclear whether they're even licensing anything now.
  74. [*TO DO: DM and email for more details]
  76. CoolMic
  77. >Digital (Potential print partnership with Seven Seas)
  78. >Seem to mainly work off their publishing links rather than taking suggestions
  79. >Owned by WWWave, put out pretty much every Glanz BL title and a lot of BL Screamo.
  81. Media-do
  82. >Print and Digital
  83. >Absolutely huge digital licensing and distribution company, covers a huge part of the ebook trade in Japan and is expanding heavily in the West.
  84. >No evidence suggests that it is possible to request from them, probably work more off sales data and statistics.
  85. >Direct BL publishing links with Printemps Shuppan (Canna), MediBang, TORICO Co. LTD
  86. >Have published non-BL from various places. Of highest interest is Akita Shoten (Kachi Comi).
  87. >Seem to have picked up several of DMG's old licenses
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