On this episode of Manga Mavericks, Lum & Colton sit down to interview Jason Thompson, the former senior editor of Viz Media’s North American print Shonen Jump Magazine! Jason goes over his time at Viz and what it was like to be tasked by Shueisha themselves to bring Shonen Jump overseas! What was it like editing manga in the 90’s? What is Akira Toriyama like in person? What is it like being an actual manga character!? Listen to the podcast and find out, as we go over all of Jason’s manga career!

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0:00:00 – Intro

0:02:36 – Jason Thompson Interview:

0:04:33 – Jason’s Appearance in Fairy Tail

0:06:56 – Jason’s Other Projects!

0:10:43 – Viz and Shonen Jump’s Early Days

0:32:38 – Putting Shonen Jump Magazine Together (Features, Manga, etc)

1:05:41 – Shonen Jump Launch Event (Meeting Toriyama)

1:09:58 – Jason Steps Down as Editor in Chief

1:14:07 – The Manga Market & Industry Then and Now

1:47:22 – Fan Q&A’s: Which Manga were Licensed at the Publisher’s Request?

2:04:19 – Who is the Target Audience of Shonen and Has it Changed?

2:08:02 – Is Being a Manga Editor it’s own Shonen Story?

2:15:36 – Wrap-Up!


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About The Author Colton

Colton is just your regular glasses wearing nerd residing in Saint Louis, Misery (that's a joke) who loves reading and collecting manga as a hobby and also records too many podcasts! He started off his podcasting escapades in 2013 when he created Life Lessons: The Gintama Manga Cast, which was a show dedicated to Gintama and its past English release of the manga. From there he became the co-host of shows such as the Manga Corner from Anime3000, Heavenly Kings, One Podcast Prevails and many more. Colton first discovered manga back in 2006 when he bought his first issue of Shonen Jump, and ever since then, his love and passion for manga took off from there! His favorite titles include Sket Dance, Eyeshield 21, My Hero Academia and much, much more. Colton can be found frequenting sites such as Anilist and Twitter under the handle of sniperking323.

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