We got a little surprise in the funnies today: Prickly City, a conservative-slanted newspaper strip with a wry sense of humor, has gone manga for the week. The reason: Cartoonist Scott Stantis is recovering from shoulder surgery, so artist Sarah White is filling in. You can see more of her work at her Deviant Art page.
Nominations are up for the Cybils, the Children’s and YA Bloggers’ Literary Awards, and there are a number of manga on the graphic novels list.
The Manga_Talk group has been busy lately. Draconianangel is asking whether readers prefer Viz or Tokyopop. A lively discussion ensues in the comments, and it seems like Viz wins out but nobody is super-enthusiastic about either one. Meanwhile, Homasse asks about translating the untranslatable, and again, the commenters come through. And Kate_nepveu posts detailed commentary on the art of Saiyuki.
Colleen Doran clears out her closets and finds some cool old drawings.
Alan Payne, National Accounts Manager at Tokyopop, is leaving to become VP of sales at IDW.
David Welsh overhears a perplexed parent trying to buy manga.
The Ann Arbor News has a guide to Japanese culture in Michigan, “from Ypsilanti to Chelsea.”
At the Star of Malaysia, Kurogane reviews Viz’s Densha Otoko.