Hey, everyone! It’s 8-01, a number that roughly translates to “yaoi” in Japanese, and that makes today Yaoi Day! Thanks to Otaku Champloo for pointing it out.
ComiPress has a juicy scoop about the demise of the Japanese manga magazine Comic Bom Bom: a manga-ka who worked with them said the editors were out of touch with the readers. There is a slight whiff of sour grapes about it, however.
The New York Magazine culture blog has a preview of Alive, a new title from Del Rey.
Julie checks out the August Previews at Manga Maniac Cafe.
Reviews: Malcolm Jones reviews Apollo’s Song for Newsweek. At Okazu, Erica Friedman reviews the classic yuri manga Claudine. Johanna Draper Carlson finds vol. 2 of Sorcerers and Secretaries doesn’t quite meet her expectations at Comics Worth Reading. At the BasuGasuBakuhatsu Anime Blog, Hung checks out vol. 1 of Junk: Record of the Last Hero. Michael Aronson reviews vol. 1 of Pretty Face at Manga Life. Phil Theobald reviews vol. 1 of Kingdom Hearts II for Newtype USA. At Prospero’s Manga, Miranda reviews vol. 2 of Good Luck and brings us up to date on vols. 4-6 of The Drifting Classroom. Firedog reviews vol. 1 of June at Manganews. At Slightly Biased Manga, Connie checks out vol. 19 of Get Backers. At his blog, Warren Peace Sings the Blues, Matt Brady enjoys vol. 4 of The Drifting Classroom and vol. 1 of Parasyte.