ComiPress translates an interview with manga-ka Naoki Urasawa in which he talks about drawing manga and his relationship with editors. David Welsh contrasts this with other recent interviews that touched on manga-ka and their editors.
Floating_Sakura answers some questions about the scanlation community and shares reactions to her last few posts.
Tokyopop editor Tim Beedle is posting lots of Blank art.
The Canandaigua Messenger-Post has a primer on graphic novels that includes the usual interviews with teens who read manga and librarians who say it draws in reluctant readers. Here’s a local comic-book dealer who doesn’t seem to get the concept:
The word “novel” in “graphic novel” is “misleading,” he asserted, because most are actually bound collections of four to eight 32-page comic serials and few feature original work created specifically for the “novel” format. It’s “like calling six episodes of a TV show a movie,” Churchill said. “Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing. It’s just more or less one of my semantic idiosyncrasies.”
While technically he’s right about licensed manga, I don’t think they usually read that way. And he’s dead wrong when it comes to other graphic novels. Meanwhile, the Herald-Mail includes O-Parts Hunter on its list of suggested gift books for teens.
This week’s Publisher’s Weekly Comics Week has an article on DC’s new Minx line and a review of O-Parts Hunter.
Awards watch: Horn Book editor Roger Sutton explains why it’s unlikely that a graphic novel will win a Newbery or a Caldecott award; the rules simply don’t envision such a creature. The Cybils do have a graphic novel category, and at MangaCast, Ed discusses the latest nominations.
You know that Roz Chast cartoon on manga? The one that John Jakala thought was xenophobic? At Completely Futile, Adam points out that the drawings are based on real manga and gives us a bit of background. ChunHyang72 offers her take on the cartoon and the New York Times piece on CLAMP.
At MangaCast, Ed reviews some manga for grown-ups: Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Golgo 13, and Masquerade Tokyopop blogger Andre posts about Urusei Yatsura, one of Rumiko Takahashi’s lesser-known titles.