Anime Boston was great! I wasn’t sure if it was worth going, as I don’t watch much anime, but there was enough of a manga and webcomic presence there to make it more than worthwhile. I didn’t go to any panels but I did get some good interviews, had lunch with Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier, and got to hang out with Robin Brenner, Erin F, and some crazy webcomickers. Watch for writeups shortly.
Meanwhile, the news marches on.
Vertical is launching a new shoujo manga line in 2008. Editorial Director Ioannis Mentzas seems to realize he’s swimming upstream here: “It’s nearly impossible to get good licenses now, but we’ll do it.” Vertical has done well over the past year by publishing classic manga, and they will contine to do so under the Vertical name.
Vertical will publish about 30 books in 2007 and expects to eventually publish around 60 books a year once the new imprint is fully operational. Most of the increase will be manga.
Ryan and Evan from Same Hat were at APE this weekend, and they’ve done a little alternative publishing of their own: They have compiled all their scanlations into a single volume, which they are making available through the blog.
Blog@Newsarama links to a Japanese-American magazine’s special issue on manga.
David Welsh has no complaints about the Eisners, but he wonders if there should be a Hall of Fame for individual works.
Deutsche Mangaka has the latest news from German publishers.
If you’re going to be in London in May, the Daiwa House is hosting a manga workshop led by Rising Stars of Manga winners Paul Duffield, John Aggs, Sonia Leong, and Emma Viceli. Artist Eric Wight (My Dead Girlfriend) will also be there, and it all seems to be affiliated somehow with Tokyopop. (Via Otaku News.)
It’s somewhat OT, but I found this article on Japanese school lunches utterly fascinating.
Job board: Newtype USA is looking for a translator. It’s in-house, and they’re located in Houston, Texas.
Reviews: Ed Chavez has an audio review of vol. 3 of Category: Freaks and vol. 1 of JUNK at the MangaCast. At Active Anime, Holly Ellingwood reviews the yaoi one-shot Fake Fur and Davey C. Jones checks out vol. 2 of Gacha Gacha The Next Revolution. At the Mangamaniaccafe, Julie is reading vol. 2 of Kashimashi ~Girl Meets Girl~, vol. 2 of Utopia’s Avenger, and vol. 10 of The Devil Does Exist. Precocious Curmudgeon David Welsh likes vol. 2 of Train + Train more than he liked vol. 1. Connie knocks down the stack a bit at Slightly Biased Manga, with reviews of vols. 17 and 18 of Dragon Ball, vol. 8 of Sorcerer Hunters, vol. 6 of Dragon Head, and Solfege. At the Star of Malaysia, Cheeky Monkey reviews vol. 1 of La Corda d’Oro, Kitty Sensei checks out vol. 1 of Flower of Life, and Kadzuki reviews The Kouga Ninja Scrolls, the novel that was the basis for Basilisk. And at The Comic Book Bin, Leroy Douresseaux reads the latest issue of Shojo Beat.