Monday links

At Irresponsible Pictures, Pata handicaps the MangaCast awards.

Yaoi worth reading? Johanna, who admits she’s not a yaoi fan, samples the latest crop from DMP’s June imprint.

Nancy Drew #1: The Demon of River Heights took first place in the Graphic Novels category of the Franklin Awards for independent publishers.

The Star of Malaysia tells you everything you need to know about Fullmetal Alchemist. The main article is mostly about the anime and movie, but check the sidebars for fun facts about the manga as well. (Via Comics Reporter.)

For your reading pleasure, ComiPress translates an interview with golf manga-ka Seiichi Ikeuchi. You think golf manga is easy?

People who read golf magazines know the sport quite well. To put that into a manga, you have to include people’s emotions and personalities, while also expressing the drama and techniques. Also, if the pictures don’t show the true forms, it doesn’t seem real. The reader can see when “the golf in this manga is done correctly,” so you can’t draw haphazardly.

It’s like anything else, if you’re faking it, the audience will call you on it.

Also at ComiPress is the news that Tokyopop is expanding into Australia and New Zealand.

Beck creator Harold Sakuishi will be a guest at the AnimeNEXT convention in Secaucus, NJ.

At MangaCast, the Side Dish takes a look at soccer and manga.

Manga magazines get recycled in this photo taken in Shibuya Station.

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