Drug & Drop + GATE 7 schedule update

Seems like CLAMP will be taking a small break this coming month.

According to the tweet above, Drug & Drop will be taking a break in the next issue of Young Ace magazine. On the other hand, even though GATE 7 is not taking a break next month, the next issue of Jump SQ will carry a short story of 5 pages instead of a regular chapter.

The updated schedule is as follows:

02/04 – Young Ace #3 – Chapter 13.
03/04 – Young Ace #4 – Break.

02/04 – Jump SQ #3 – Chapter 21 (on sale).
03/04 – Jump SQ #4 – Short comic (5 pages).

03/04 – Young Magazine #14 – Chapter 1 or 214 (?).

Not sure if they will resume the chapter counting from where XXXHOLiC Rou ended or start a new counting for XXXHOLiC Rei (sounds more likely to me).

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GATE 7 #4 cover (Updated)

The cover of GATE 7 #4 was posted in CLAMP's official twitter account:

Source: @CLAMP_News

Looks really, really nice!

Our predictions that it would feature Hana and the white tiger were right on! Each volume Hana is featured with the 4 animals of the Chinese constellation: the Vermilion Bird (volume 1), the Azure Dragon (volume 2), the Black Tortoise (volume 3) and the White Tiger (volume 4). Now I wonder how the cover of volume 5 is going to look like… any guesses?

The good thing about CLAMP moving to twitter is that now the covers are posted in a much higher resolution.

GATE 7 #4 goes on sale on February 4, along with Drug & Drop #1 (there is going to be a campaign for it!).

On a sad note, for those who haven't seen it yet, CLAMP-NET.COM has official closed last Monday. As previously mentioned, all news are being now posted on their twitter account @CLAMP_News. Hopefully this is only temporary, even if it takes a long time for the website to be reopened.

Update: Bigger version, although with less quality, here.

GATE 7 #4 and Drug & Drop #1 campaign!

To promote the simultaneous release of GATE 7 #4 and Drug & Drop #1 on February 4, Kadokawa, Sueisha and CLAMP will join forces to launch a collaboration campaign.

Exclusive goods will be released using as a motif the below image newly drawn by CLAMP, featuring the characters from both series:

More details about this campaign — what the goods will be and how to participate — to be announced soon!

I love the illustration! *-*

New XXXHOLiC manga series to begin in February

It was announced today at the CLAMP FESTIVAL 2012 NAGOYA that a new series of the XXXHOLiC manga will begin in February.

The new series will be called XXXHOLiC ◆ Rei (XXXHOLiC ◆ 戻 ) and will be published in Young Magazine. The kanji for 戻 roughly means “return”.

This will coincide with the release of the XXXHOLiC artbook, the TV Drama and also the series’ 10th Anniversary.

All of this makes a lot of sense, if you ask me. There couldn’t be a better time, strategic-wise, to resume the series. I would presume that Kodansha and CLAMP already knew that there would be a live action adaptation and decided to put the series on hiatus in order to wait for it. I’d say that everything was planned from the start.

So CLAMP is back to weekly magazines, and back to 3 works simultaneously. Very nice!

In other news, we now finally have the release dates for GATE 7 #4 and Drug & Drop #1. It will be a simultaneous release on February 4. Drug & Drop #1 will cost 588 yens.

GATE 7, Drug & Drop on break until December

Uh-oh, some bad news for those who were expecting GATE 7 and Drug & Drop to be resumed in November.

Today’s update of CLAMP-NET.COM shows that both series have been given an extra month on break, postponing their return now for December.

– Next scheduled chapters (red means new):

10/04 – Young Ace #11 – Break (on sale).
11/04 – Young Ace #12 – Break.
12/04 – Young Ace #1 – Chapter 11.

– Next scheduled chapters (red means new):

10/04 – Jump SQ #11 – Break (on sale).
11/04 – Jump SQ #12 – Break.
12/04 – Jump SQ #1 – Chapter 19.

Perhaps CLAMP hasn’t fully recovered from the illness that made them put both works on this pause. The last chapters of GATE 7 and Drug & Drop were published in August.

XXXHOLiC artbook to be released in January 2013

From Young Magazine‘s website comes the news that the XXXHOLiC artbook will finally be released at the end of January, 2013:

160点以上の極彩イラストを完全収録した
『xxxHOLiC』美麗原画集は2013年1月下旬発売予定!!

The artbook will have a total of 160 illustrations.

In other news, CLAMP-NET.COM has the updated schedules for Drug & Drop and GATE 7 — they are both back in November.

– Next scheduled chapters (red means new):

09/04 – Young Ace #10 – Break (on sale).
10/04 – Young Ace #11 – Break.
11/04 – Young Ace #12 – Chapter 11.

– Next scheduled chapters (red means new):

09/04 – Jump SQ #10 – Break (on sale).
10/04 – Jump SQ #11 – Break.
11/04 – Jump SQ #12 – Chapter 19.

UPDATE: CLAMP drew Joylene Kujo for the JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure 25th Anniversary Book, check it out! Thank you drakonika for the info!

New mook “CLAMP Pia”! (Updated)

There will be a new mook/fanzine by CLAMP entitled “CLAMP Pia” (CLAMPぴあ) to be released on September 22, in celebration for the CLAMP FESTIVAL 2012 events.

[Contents]
● CLAMP NEWS
The latest information about XXXHOLiC, Drug & Drop and GATE 7.

● CLAMP WORKS
Introduction to all 23 CLAMP works, and some works outside the comics.

●CLAMP FESTIVAL 2012 information
Map access to the venues, tickets information.

[Specifications]
CLAMP will draw a new illustration for the cover.
Price: 1,200 yens.
A4 / full color / 96 pages.
☆: Appendix: 24 postcards featuring illustrations from all 23 CLAMP works + the magazine cover with new illustration.

[Campaign]
Booking through Pia Book you get an exclusive clear file.

Sounds exciting! In this uneventful era that we are currently living. Looking forward to the news that will be published in this fanzine and the cover illustration 😉

UPDATE: Also, there has been some changes in the chapter schedules for both GATE 7 and Drug & Drop: more breaks ahead.

– Next scheduled chapters (red means new):

08/03 – Young Ace #09 – Chapter 10 – 3 color pages (title page + spread). First chapter of tankoubon 2 (on sale).
09/04 – Young Ace #10 – Break.
10/04 – Young Ace #11 – Break.

Drug & Drop will be resumed on Young Ace #12.

– Next scheduled chapters (red means new):

08/03 – Jump SQ #09 – Chapter 18 (on sale).
09/04 – Jump SQ #10 – Break (CLAMP changed that. Chapter 19 was at first scheduled for this issue).
10/04 – Jump SQ #11 – Break.

First break for GATE 7 in a very long time. And a double break, on top of that!

Is CLAMP taking some time off? Nothing new from them before November.