After the Zuda storm

Well, yesterday was exciting, with the news and the enormous frenzy of commenting and counter-commenting that followed. Now things have quieted down a bit and people seem to be turning to other things.

For one thing, Wednesday is almost upon us. At PopCultureShock, Katherine Dacey-Tsuei lists this week’s new manga and reviews a handful. At Comicsnob, Matt Blind posts a short list and waxes enthusiastic about vol. 4 of Flight.

David Welsh devotes this week’s Flipped column to bozu, obnoxious little squirts.

ICv2 has more on Del Rey’s two new titles, Yokazura Quartet and Minima.

Gravitation manga-ka Maki Murakami will be at Otakon, as a guest of Tokyopop. There’s an interesting note in the official announcement:

Please note that, like many manga-ka, Ms Murakami is extremely camera-shy. A condition of her visit is that there be no photographs taken of her while she’s at Otakon, so please respect her wishes in this regard.

I guess I haven’t been to enough cons to realize that.

At MangaCast, Ed posts part 2 of the big list of this month’s Japanese manga releases and links to previews of Kanna, Hellsing, and Tetragrammaton Labyrinth. And he has some advice for the organizers of next year’s Yaoi Jamboree.

At Icarus Comics (proudly NSFW!), Simon Jones weighs in on the seinen/josei/older readers issue and, in comments, Yamila Abraham of Yaoi Press clarifies one point about Yaoi Jamboree: Other publishers are welcome.

The Yaoi Review looks at some releases scheduled for July.

Reviews: Christopher Seaman gets busy at Active Anim, with reviews of vol. 6 of Kage Tora and vol. 13 of Tsubasa, while Holly Ellingwood checks out vol. 1 of Tanpenshu. Michael Aronson reviews vol. 3 of Tsubasa and vol. 2 of Hoshin Engi at Manga Life. Johanna reviews vol. 2 of Flower of Life at Comics Worth Reading. At the Manga Maniac Cafe, Julie has vol. 1 of Kon Kon Kokon propped up on the salt shakers. At the BasuGasuBakuhatsu Anime Blog, Hung checks out vol. 1 of Beck. Bookslut’s Shaun Manning takes a look at the manga versions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. At Yaoi Suki, Jen Parker reviews Othello (not the Shakespeare one).

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  1. I wouldn’t say I have a LOT of experience with it, but I remember that when Toko Kawai was at Yaoi Con she didn’t want to have photos taken of her either (though I think she let one fan take a photo and allowed her to put it online but only briefly).

  2. LillianDP says:

    The no photos thing has been a request that we’ve gotten from almost every female mangaka we’ve brought over, from Masumi Tsuda to Peach Pit (wasn’t been an issue with Monkey Punch and Santa Inoue, as far as I know). Mitsukazu Mihara wasn’t *too* strict about it, but even she seemed reluctant to have her face all over the internet. It seems a bit strange in our celebrity-centric society, but apparently female mangaka are really sensitive about their privacy.