CMX talk, Naruto, and more

Some good reading to start your day: In this week’s Flipped column, David Welsh interviews Jim Chadwick and Asako Suzuki, who are putting together a very nice and somewhat underrated line of manga at CMX.

At Comicsnob, Matt Blind posts this week’s manga watch list and looks at last week’s online sales.

Paul Gravett posts his introduction to the Naruto anime, with plenty about the manga as well. (Via Journalista.)

Translation notes: PingMag interviews manga translator Simona Stanzani. Veteran manga translator Matt Thorn comments. Meanwhile, a blogger complains about the translation of the Shakugan no Shana light novel. (Via ComiPress.) Simon Jones (NSFW) takes it to the next level.

Giapet notes that the American Library Association has more nominations up for its Young Adult Library Services Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, and of course many of them are manga. David Welsh is pleased and offers a few predictions for future titles. John Jakala is happy that Kekkaishi was named to the list but has some boos for the manga’s latest character designs.

In case you’re new to this stuff, Hobotaku has a dictionary of manga and anime terms.

Anime News Network is looking for an ad salesperson and assistant programmer.

Elae has more Tokyopop Germany news at Deutsche Mangaka.

The Museum of East Asian Art in Bath, England, will be exhibiting artwork submitted to Tokyopop’s Rising Stars of Manga competition. (Via ANN.)

Reviews: Julie Gray reviews vol. 1 of Shiki Tsukai for the Comic Book Bin. At Manga Life, Dan Polley reviews Miki Falls: Summer, vol. 2 of the Mark Crilley graphic novel series. Davey C. Jones checks out vol. 2 of Disgaea 2 at Active Anime. The Manga Junkie is back with another review of a Japanese book that’s unlikely to be licensed anytime soon; this one is vol. 1 of Hetare Spiral. Erica Friedman has more Japanese manga at Okazu, with reviews of parts 1 and 2 of vol. 9 of Yuri Hime. At the MangaCast, Mangamaniac Julie checks out vol. 3 of Gundam Seed Destiny, and at the Manga Maniac Cafe she posts reviews of Delivery Cupid and vol. 8 of Skip Beat! Snowcleo checks out Battle of the Bands at Manganews. At PopCultureShock’s Manga Recon blog, Katherine Dacey-Tsuei reviews vol. 1 of Kurohime.

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