Fan alert! Ed Chavez says Dark Horse is “on the verge” of putting Eden: It’s an Endless World on hiatus.
Manga Recon’s Katherine Dacey-Tsuei gets a jump on the week with a list of this week’s new titles and a review of La Chevalier d’Eon. And at Comic Pants, Dan Grandell gives his picks of recent releases.
Manhwa are popular in Europe, according to this article in Hankoryu, and they are gaining on manga because “they are not as obscene or violent, while still managing to be just as sophisticated and interesting as their Japanese counterparts.” It’s a small but growing business, worth $668,000 last year, and the article claims that Europe accounts for 40% of the Korean export market. I’m not sure what it says that Korea exports more comics to Europe than to Asia (30%) and the U.S. (30%), but the titles listed in the article sound interesting, and I wish we could get them here.
We don’t usually discuss Supreme Court decisions here at MangaBlog, but this might affect lots of comics buyers: Last week, the court struck down a ban on minimum pricing. What does this mean to you and me? Johanna Draper Carlson and Simon Jones speculated last week that this may affect online retailers who offer deep discounts, and lo and behold! Already a games retailer is calling for manufacturers to do just that, in order to “support brick and mortar”:
I only hope that they have the wisdom to use these tools and remove the supply of products from the deep discounters.
… which makes it sound like there’s something vaguely disreputable about selling a product at the market price.
Reviews: At Manga Life, Dan Polley checks out vol. 1 of Gravitation and Miguel Douglas reads vol. 1 of Confidential Confessions. Samurai Champloo reviews Lovely Complex (released here as Love*Com). At Okazu, Erica Friedman reviews vol. 8 of High School Girls. It’s Manga Monday big-time at Comics-and-more, where Dave Ferraro reviews vol. 2 of La Corda d’Oro, vol. 8 of Monster, vol. 4 of Emma, and vols. 11 and 12 of Hana-Kimi. At Manganews, Jiji reviews vol. 1 of Blood Alone.