Mickle at The True Confessions of an Hourly Bookseller posts on a Tokyopop rep’s talk at a local library meeting. (Background is here. It may sound vaguely familiar.) There are some interesting nuggets, like this:
Tokyopop is in the early stages of revamping it’s rating system. Generally, some of the OT stuff will become M, some T stuff will become OT, etc. Don’t expect to see it until fall, and they may or may not go back and adjust some of the already published titles still in print.
You know, I’m the mother of two daughters, ages 12 and 13, and I think I’m fairly protective of them, but even I think Tokyopop’s ratings system is rather conservative. Or rather, it’s uneven. It will be interesting to see if they come up with something more consistent than the current system. (Via Crocodile Caucus.)
Meanwhile, Fruits Basket fan David Welsh offers his take on that series reaching the 2 million mark.
New Broccoli titles revealed: A while back, Broccoli hinted at some new titles on their blog. The titles have now been revealed: Murder Princess, Coyote Ragtime Show, and Hakoiri Devil Girl (aka Boxed Devil Girl). MangaCast has cover scans of these and two new titles from Icarus, which make the page ever-so-slightly NSFW.
Shaenon Garrity’s latest Overlooked Manga Festival features the Warren Buffett manga. Yes, you read that right.
Go!Comi has an animated preview up of an upcoming title, Train + Train.
Floating Sakura takes an early look at Takeshi Obata’s new manga, Blue Dragon Ω Ral Grado, and is not impressed.
Comics artist Takeshi Miyazawa has moved to Japan to get a job in the manga industry, and he’s blogging about his experiences. Not much there yet, as he just arrived, but that makes it a good time to start reading. (Via Journalista.)
ComiPress lists the top ten manga in Japan this week.