Digital Manga Publishing had their panel on Thursday night, the opening day of Anime Expo, and they covered a fair bit of what to expect from the company going forward with books and plans. Vampire Hunter D continues to be one of their better selling titles as remarked by the reps during the panel.
Their specific book plans for the rest of 2010 include:
Digital Manga Publishing also talked about their 2011 plans:
DMP is also kicking off a new exclusive soon by providing animation cels for sale via their site and convention booths. They've partnered with Viz Media And Studio Pierrot to bring this over and the first title they're working with is Naruto Shippuden. Pricing is expected to be around $60. More series are in the works as well.
Something else that DMP gets to promote a bit that's really interesting is that they're going to be providing a new title called Mizuki via their emanga site exclusively. Mizuki is being created by Nao Yazawa, the woman behind Wedding Peach. In addition to that they'll be releasing a title called Moon and Blood via emanga that apparently won't be available in Japan.
When the Q&A session started up, they were asked about how they market explicit titles. Not surprisingly, it's kept to just the core fans and most of their sales are made up through Amazon and independent stories though they occasionally get a couple into the brick and mortar chains as well. Asked about the omnibus editions that are re-releases of previous titles, the reps indicated that they're working from the Libre editions and with Finder they're getting things done according to the original authors wishes with corrections included.
When asked about marketing the Finder title and why it was going to June instead of 801 Media, both parties involved felt it had a wider appeal than the much more narrowly focused 801 Media and opted to go with June. And June books tend to get into Borders more often than not while Barnes and Nobel won't even take shonen-ai books.
You can see a more detailed breakdown of the raw panel report by the always awesome Bayoab here.