ICv2 has a brief primer on La Nouvelle Manga, for those who are feeling bewildered by all this talk of Fanfare/Ponent Mon titles. Here’s their advice for retailers:
Retailers in urban areas, college towns, specifically those who do well with alternative comics should definitely consider carrying the Fanfare/Ponent Man line of Nouvelle Manga as well as the thematically related gekiga titles of Yoshihiro Tatsumi (The Push Man and Other Stories, Abandon the Old in Tokyo) published by Drawn & Quarterly.
I’d like to see some of them in my local chain bookstore as well! David Welsh adds
And while you’re at it, order a few copies of Sexy Voice and Robo (Viz). I swear you won’t regret it.
Also at ICv2: vol. 15 of Fruits Basket topped the graphic novel charts over the holidays, selling over 12,000 copies in the week ending December 17. Volume 12 of Naruto came in second, with three other volumes also making the top ten. Good analysis, as always, at the link.
In other literary news, the Boston Globe has a review of Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S.
At Anime on DVD, Ed Chavez issues his report card for Broccoli Books.
At Comics-and-more, Dave Ferraro lists the first half of his Top 25 Comics of 2006, which includes, not surprisingly, quite a few manga.
The anthology Yuri Monogatari 4 will be premiering at Winter Comiket, and Erica will be there!
A panel in Japan is concerned about kids reading adult comics on their cellphones.
Reviews: Lots of good ones today. At Anime on DVD, Sakura Eries reviews Project X: Seven Eleven (7-11). Tangognat looks at the first two volumes of Night of the Beasts. Mangamaniaccafe reads Time Lag. David Welsh finds a new obsession: ES: Eternal Sabbath. Kethylia, on the other hand, finds little to like about vol. 3 of Old Boy.