Thursday's random links

MangaCast checks out this week’s new comics, and Ed gives a peek at the e-mail discussion so we can experience the deliberations for ourselves.

Vol. 16 of Fruits Basket slips from number 15 to 38 on this week’s USA Today Booklist.

David Welsh is looking for some good shoujo manga, and his commenters come through with plenty of suggestions.

At the Tokyojupiter blog, Reika discusses the genius of Chika Shiomi, creator of Canon and Night of the Beasts.

Studioqt has a nice demo of what’s involved with retouching sound effects. (Found via Sporadic Sequential, which is currently rather NSFW further down the page, as he’s having a celebration of wangs in manga. It’s yet another department in which our medium does better than the superheroes.)

Lyle has a question: Does anyone read the Australian magazine DNA? Because this month’s issue has the cover line “Stop! My *** is hurting! Why manga is sooo gay” and he wants to know what that’s all about. (Yaoi?)

I seem to have come in in the middle of this, but Digit magazine has a tutorial up on drawing manga on the computer.

People on the move: Peter Tatara, former marketing manager for Central Park Media, will be the programming manager for the New York Anime Festival.

Does DrMaster put out a press release for every volume they release? Here’s the PR on vol. 2 of Junk and vol. 4 of Stray Little Devil.

Reviews: The BasuGasuBakuhatsu Anime Blog checks out vol. 2 of Welcome to the NHK, vol. 1 of Stellvia, and vol. 1 of D.Gray-Man. AoD’s Danielle Van Gorder reviews vol. 1 of Millennium Snow. At the Mangamaniaccafe, Julie has vol. 9 of Kekkaishi propped up on the salt shakers. Erica Friedman reviews the yuri short story collection HaruNatsuAkiFuyu at Okazu. Comicsnob Matt Blind reviews the manga version of Hamlet and vol. 1 of Time Guardian. At Manga Life, Dan Polley reviews vol. 5 of Megatokyo, vol. 10 of Gals! and 12 Days.

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  1. I realize that this comment has nothing to do directly with today’s post, but given the subject and popularity of your blog, I thought you or your readers might be able to point me to what I’m looking for:
    Since I discovered manga a few short months ago, I’ve been enthralled. Still, my yearning for authenticity is pushing me to learn Japanese and read it in the original.
    So, basically, I’m looking for a suggestion on how to learn Japanese (starting from zero) specifically for manga reading purposes (that is to say that being able to carry on a conversation in Japanese would be nice, but not necessary).

    any thoughts?

  2. Welcome, Alan! Pata of Irresponsible Pictures discussed this subject recently. You might start with some of the links and resources he suggests.