Tokyopop blogger Andre has the scoop: Del Rey has two global titles in the works, The Reformed, by Christopher Hart, and Avril Lavigne’s Make 5 Wishes. Katherine Dacey-Tsuei has an early reaction at PopCultureShock.
Stephanie Foulse writes about Mechademia, the first academic journal of anime and manga, in her Tokyopop column. Elsewhere on the site, ChunHyang72 posts her weekly Tokyopop Round-Up of all the good stuff you might have missed. And she has posted her first top ten list, Ten Great Manwha.
Ed Chavez continues his 2006 Year in Review articles with a look at CMX.
A Japanese chain is planning on opening manga rental stores in Japan.
At Anime on DVD, Patricia Beard likes the vampire manga Sequence, but is unhappy that the series was not completed. Connie of Slightly Biased Manga checks out vol. 11 of Video Girl Ai and vol. 8 of Tsubasa. Active Anime’s Davey C. Jones reviews vol. 1 of Gacha Gacha: The Next Revolution and Christopher Seaman reads a new light novel, vol. 2 of Scrapped Princess. Lyle reviews The Gentlemen’s Alliance, a new series in Shojo Beat. Julie at Mangmaniaccafe gives a solid B to vol. 2 of After School Nightmare. Jog has a lengthy discussion of Mushishi. And there’s plenty of yuri goodness at Okazu, where Erica Friedman reviews vol. 7, part 2, of Yuri Hime.