Shaenon Garrity’s newest entry in the Overlooked Manga Festival is up, and this week’s target is Gerard et Jacques, a manga that that I would have said isn’t overlooked enough. But in Shaenon’s capable hands, it’s all good.
IGN chimes in with its top ten manga of 2006. It’s an interesting list and a bit more nuanced than I would have expected, as it includes one of the great overlooked global manga of 2006, Afterlife, the yaoi title Shout Out Loud, the controversial vol. 7 of Death Note, and Adam Arnold’s Aoi House. Confusingly, they chose Train Man as the number one title but didn’t specify which publisher—they went with “all of the above,” which sort of misses the point as the three treatments are quite different.
ComiPress reports that Japanese publisher Content Works will soon debut a new online comics service that will allow readers to mix-n-match their favorite Osamu Tezuka chapters. David Welsh likes this idea for a lot of reasons. Also at ComiPress: Did Shonen Jump censor a picture?
This LJ post by bitterfig is for adults only, and not all adults at that. It starts with some observations on Gravitation doujinshi and goes on to a discussion of sexual politics, both here and in Japan, with a lot of reflection on dominance and submission. The translator of the doujinshi chimes in with some interesting insights in the comments section. (Via When Fangirls Attack!) Other WFA finds: Aspiring manga-ka Jaime, who lives in Tokyo, talks about the manga she has been reading; Tangerine Dream chimes in on the To Terra shoujo/shounen discussion; another blogger in Japan discusses manga and TV dramas.
At the MangaCast, Ed has a Maki side dish on the Japanese shoujo magazine Comic Sylph, a look at the Diamond Previews for manga shipping in April and May, and his take on the upcoming Romeo and Juliet manga.
This post at The Beat about a manga parody of The Simpsons is only mildly interesting, as the drawing in question doesn’t even look like manga, but then I read the comments and wondered, why does manga always bring out the trolls? I find superhero comics utterly unreadable, but I don’t drop in on Newsarama and tell them so; I just figure other people have different tastes. But manga seems to stir up some sort of deep-seated hostility in mainstream comics forums. Weird.
Tokyopop will be publishing the Japanese novel series The Twelve Kingdoms.
Reviews: Kethylia is thoroughly enjoying Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden and posts reviews of volumes 3, 4, and 5 that explain why. Yaoi Suki’s Jordan Marks is less enthusiastic about the four-volume Earthian. At Active Anime, Christopher Seaman relaxes with vol. 3 of School Rumble while Holly Ellingwood enjoys vol. 15 of Fruits Basket. Anime on DVD’s Matthew Alexander highly recomments vol. 1 of Unbalance Unbalance. Bill Sherman at Blogcritics reviews Ross Campbell’s The Abandoned. At the Mangamaniaccafe, Julie gives middling grades to vol. 2 of +Anima.