I am proud to announce Japan-based Manga University is the publisher of Sonny Leads! The owners and I have been working on this project for years, slowly cultivating it, and now all their amazing support and expertise is finally resulting in the long-awaited release of the first volume of the story.
Who are Manga University?
Our company motto, "Educating With Art," reflects our commitment to creating products that are wholesome, informative and fun. We love manga, and believe it can — and should — be used for more than just great entertainment.
The educational aspect is very important for the Sonny Leads project because this story uniquely reveals the real world of Japanese karate as it is today.
My tie-up with this great boutique publishing company will make more sense when we release the official description of the Sonny Leads story in a few weeks.
For now, I leave you with a production meeting photo from last Saturday with the owner's Glenn and Mari, Kamobayashi Sensei and myself. Manga U has a large Japanese 'washitsu' tatami meeting room beside their production offices so it's a great space to use when talking about projects. This is especially true for mine since I need lots of space for jumping around demonstrating how karate points are scored in competition, or even how spectators drop video cameras from being too excited when watching matches.
Much more news to come soon!