What to read this week? The MangaCast crowd post the full list and their picks.
David Welsh picks out the good stuff from Diamond Previews.
Kokoro Media takes a look at DC’s investment in Japanse manga publisher Flex Comics:
What interests me is that DC and Flex seem to be following the scanlation model of marketing: they want Web-heavy advertising before converting manga titles to print. But I question how they plan on getting the word out about Flex — the readers who watch BitTorrent and scanlation sites for the next big manga title don’t necessarily think to visit a corporate site. (On the other hand, Tokyopop has any number of manga readers on its mailing list.) And in order to earn purchasing decisions, DC/Flex will have to include something extra with their bound editions: new colour illustrations, interviews, gift certificates for related merchandise, or something similar.
Johanna hops on the Jump the Shark Express and lists the manga series she has stopped reading. As this is clearly the conversation of the week, I’ll ask you all: Which series have you dropped? Let me know in comments.
The Daily Telegraph has more on those Kaplan vocab guides from Tokyopop.
Sexism roundup: Two bloggers express concerns about the depiction of girls and women in manga; another blogger responds. There are some interesting conversations in the comments sections. (Via When Fangirls Attack.)
Reviews: Lots of brief reviews today. The Anime on DVD folks serve up another helping of Small Bodied Manga Reviews, and Carlo Santos takes on Tezuka and Yotsuba&! in the latest Right Turn Only!! Chris Mautner looks at Fanfare/Ponent Mon titles at Panels and Pixels. At Comics 212, Christopher Butcher checks out three yaoi titles from 801, Affair, Bond(z), and vol. 1 of Ichigenme: The First Class is Civil Law… At the MangaCast, Ed Chavez has an audio review of vol. 2 of Sweety and vol. 2 of Chun Rhang. Reviewer Holly Ellingwood has a busy day at Active Anime, posting reviews of vol. 7 of Skip Beat, vol. 5 of Kami Kaze, and the yaoi anthology Othello. Bill Sherman of Blogcritics reviews vol. 12 of Death Note; there is a spoiler, so don’t look if you haven’t already figured out how it ends. At Coffeeandink, Mely turns her discerning eye on The Building Opposite. Manga Life’s Dan Polley checks out vol. 12 of Wallflower, vol. 7 of Pastel, vol. 1 of Dragon Eye, and vol. 1 of Aquarian Age Juvenile Orion. At the Mangamaniaccafe, Julie posts mini-reviews of vol. 3 of Zombie Powder and vol. 4 of Emma. Kethylia finds a lot not to like about vol. 1 of Beck.