British comics creator Sean Michael Wilson, whose recent credits include writer for Classicial Comics upcoming Canterville Ghost and Sweeney Todd adaptations, has become, we believe, perhaps the first British creator to have a comic on Japanese mobile phones (comic strip on mobile is known as keitai manga in Japan).
"A Japanese language version of my Lafcadio Hearns Japanese Ghost Stories book is now out in Japan, in two formats," Sean, who lives in Japan, told downthetubes. "As an e-book and an edition for mobile phones.
"Both formats are big business in Japan," he notes. "The revenue from such mobile phone downloads has more than doubled in the last few years. They company making the files in that format and releasing them is called Mobile Phone JP."
A PC downloadable version of Sean's book, called Kaidan Koizumi Yakumo, can be seen and bought here at the Papyless web site store, which is the main ebook/mobile phone release company in Japan.
"I also recently got a contract to do a manga book for Kodansha," enthuses Sean. "I believe I'm the only British creator to get that since Ilya and Woodrow Phoenix worked for them in the mid 1990's."
Congratulations to Sean on the sale -- we know it's taken him a long time to break into this market, even though he's resident in Japan. Hie perseverance has finally paid off!