Friday linkage

Here’s a little treat to start the weekend off right: a preview of Ode To Kirihito by Osamu Tezuka, which will be released by Vertical in October.

Newsarama interviews Fred Lui of DMP about Project X, the graphic novel about the development of Nissen Cup Noodles. I note with delight that other titles are planned in the Project X series, one on the Datsun Fairlady Z and one on 7-11.

ComiPress translates an article that speculates how manga would be different if it were published in color. David Taylor has some additional thoughts.

At ICv2, Naomi Nowak’s Unholy Kinship is being plugged as like manga only better:

Although it does feature Japanese-influenced visuals and concentrate on relationships with a shojo-like fervor, Unholy Kinship is far more serious than the vast majority of high school romance manga and, while it is aimed at female readers, it is clearly targeted at an older, more mature audience. Unholy Kinship also differs from manga in several other key ways — it is printed in full color and it manages to tell its story in just 112 pages.

At Love Manga, David has saved me the trouble of responding to that.

The Right Stuf is taking over Tokyopop’s online shop.

Manga arrives in Coraopolis, PA. I can’t make fun of these local-paper articles as I’m in the middle of writing one right now. What impresses me about this article, and about the librarians I’ve been talking to, is the enthusiasm with which they have embraced anime and manga. I grew up in the era when libraries were fairly forbidding places; they seem a lot cooler now.

This article about host clubs is notable for the comment of one of the employees:

“I’m not very bright, so this is the only way I can make a lot of money,” says Manato, his dyed-brown hair pulled up in a partial top-knot and wearing a subtle smidgen of lipstick.

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