I’ve been off the web a lot due to an unusual amount of work and a much-dreaded session with the eye doctor. Now that my pupils have returned to normal, here’s the latest roundup plus a few things I was saving.
Same Hat continues their European tour with a look at the work of Suehiro Maruo, who is much admired in certain circles despite the fact that works are all out of print here (the SH guys have remedied this by linking to many scanlations, some of which they did themselves). Turns out he’s a big deal in Spain. Who knew? (Warning: Images are not for the squeamish.)
Shaenon Garrity continues the Overlooked Manga Festival with a look at Naoki Urasawa’s Monster. Her peek includes the one thing missing from the American editions: the English cover text. Check it out.
Christopher Butcher responds, in a lengthy post, to Queenie Chan’s complaint about the three-volume structure imposed by Tokyopop. Butcher’s main point is that if you’re writing a three-act story, you don’t have to devote an entire volume to each act; his counterexample is Ranma 1/2, in which the second act takes up the vast majority of the series’ 36 volumes. Or to put it more succinctly:
If Tokyopop is giving these creators a lemon of a format to tell their stories, I invite them to make Lemonade. Hell, make a three-course lemon-inspired meal. But don’t think that you’re duty bound to include 2 pounds of appetizers, 2 pounds of the main, and 2 pounds of desert…
Butcher admits he hasn’t read Chan’s The Dreaming, and in fact he gets her name wrong, but he does revisit his review of Fools Gold to discuss its structure further.
The title “Four Centuries of Graphic Sex in Japan” promises more than it delivers, at least as far as this website is concerned, but it’s an opportunity to look at some old Japanese prints and some new manga while listening to the curator of the Museum of Sex describe their significance. All the naughty bits are covered with scholarly bits of text, however.
Yaoi Suki was poking around the net and found some unannounced DramaQueen titles. DQ subsequently confirmed them (I’m a bit late with this) and at MangaCast, Ed has cover scans. And while the holidays may just be getting started, Ed’s getting ready for spring with a look at the latest Diamond Previews.
Lotsa reviews today: At Blogfonte, Mitch continues to enjoy Skip Beat—he’s on volume 3—but has reservations about Night of the Beasts: “it scans like Red Sonja cast against type as Jane Eyre.” Blogcritics looks at a crossover attempt, Batman: Child of Dreams, by Kia Asamiya and Max Allan Collins. At MangaCast, Ed has a podcast review of Anne Freaks, Nana, and Boogiepop Doesn’t Laugh. Active Anime reviews two volume 3′s, Kame Kaze and Never Give Up. Anime on DVD’s Megan Meinhard looks at the mature title Art of Loving. Comic Book Bin checks out the Del Rey iteration of Train Man. Manga Punk kind of likes Goofyfoot Gurl: Let There Be Lighten Up!, a Christian “manga” from Real Buzz studios (of Serenity fame) but thinks they need to start calling it “comics.” And at Comics Worth Reading, Johanna suspends disbelief and enjoys volume 2 of Yakitate!! Japan.