The anthology discussion continues, and it’s getting a bit technical: At Irresponsible Pictures, Pata discusses the mechanics of reading manga and the difficulties of translating a vertical page to a horizontal screen:
If I try to fit the whole page onscreen, I can’t read the text. If I want to read the text, I can’t fit the whole page onscreen. GAR.
His followup post has more links, for those fascinated by the idea of e-anthologies. Meanwhile the MangaHusband, who reads Slashdot so I don’t have to, sent me this post on comics and micropayments. And several people have pointed to DriveThruComics, which seems to be translating the theory into experiment with a site that sells inexpensive comics downloads. No manga yet, but they say they are working on it.
There are several yaoi anthologies in the works, and Love Manga has the scoop on the new Iris anthology, When Worlds Collide. However, yaoi publishers seem to face a unique problem: Resistance from the printers. Tina Anderson has the story and she links to this post by Kellie of Iris:
It’s funny—it honestly never occurred to me that a printer who was okay with “graphic sexual content” would suddenly change their tune when that turned to “graphic homosexual content.” A cock is just fine, but two cocks…oh, no, missy, that’s just wrong.
Simon of Icarus also extracts the manga data from the Coldcut top 200 list. The top nine titles are from Viz, but the tenth title on Simon’s list (number 29 overall) is volume 2 of Finder Series, from BeBeautiful. Then it’s Viz, Viz, Viz, Viz, volume 1 of Finder Series,, Viz, Viz, Vizzzzz….. Actually, the entire list is Viz and BeBeautiful, because Coldcut only carries a limited range, but it’s still interesting to see what the rankings are, and as Simon points out, manga dominates the graphic novels category.
If you’re in the mood for a taste of a Japanese anthology, the latest FutoMaki at MangaCast looks at Monthly Shonen Companion.
At Shojo Beat, Kaze Hikaru is out and Backstage Prince is in. I love the editors’ explanation:
“Replacing beloved serialized titles with new ones can be bittersweet, but manga are like people: You like some more than others, you miss those whom you no longer see regularly, and you can never be introduced to too many. And don’t forget, you can still read more Godchild and Kaze Hikaru in their manga volumes!”
It strikes the perfect balance of philosophical insight and self-promotion!
Review-o-rama: The Honolulu Star-Bulletin’s Wilma Jandoc writes about Scrapped Princess, both the manga and the anime. Kadzuki at the Star of Malaysia reviews a book I really enjoyed, Genju no Seiza by Matsuri Akino, the creator of Pet Shop of Horrors. Blogcritics has been going to town on manga lately; their latest post is a review of volume 1 of Dragon Head.