Today’s must-read: David Welsh interviews manga omnivore Jason Thompson, whose research for the upcoming book Manga: The Complete Guide required him to read pretty much every manga available in English. Good quote:
When I get the “what manga do you recommend?” question, there’s always the urge to straighten my tie and talk about some “respectable” manga like Osamu Tezuka, or Vagabond, or something. But I don’t want to do disservice to the good manga which are created under formulaic conditions.
There’s a new edition of the manga chat podcast Manga Curry no Maki up at the MangaCast, featuring Jump Squared, manga in the Philippines, and an interview with Tezuka: Marvel of Manga curator Philip Brody.
Tokyopop will be releasing the sequel to Pet Shop of Horrors and a new shonen title, Shin Megami Tensei. ICv2 has the scoop.
Also at ICv2: The Harvey Awards have been announced; the only manga on the list was Abandon the Old in Tokyo, which tied with Moomin for Best American Edition of Foreign Material.
Trouble in scanlationland? Tiamat comments on scanlation groups that try to impose rules on readers and aggregators.
The upcoming release of Tekkonkinkreet inspires John Jakala to create Team Mammoth Manga.
Becky Cloonan posts some more samples from the upcoming volume of East Coast Rising.
At the Icarus Comics blog (NSFW), Simon Jones muses about an incentive discount that had unexpected results, and the difficulty of getting any information about the retailers that buy his books. The latter post contains an interesting breakdown of where your manga dollars go.
Nissan designs a manga-influenced car.
Reviews: At Comics-and-More, Dave Ferraro dedicates Manga Monday to vol. 1 of MPD Psycho and vol. 2 of To Terra. Holly Ellingwood goes for the yaoi at Active Anime, with reviews of Freefall Romance and vol. 1 of Ordinary Crush. Leah checks out vol. 1 of Hayate the Combat Butler and Nick turns thumbs down on vol. 1 of Shutterbox at Hobotaku. At the Manga Maniac Cafe, Julie checks out vol. 2 of Buso Renkin. Erica Friedman reviews vol. 7 of Hayate x Blade at Okazu. Reviewer Serenity checks out Picnic for Manganews. At Anime on DVD, Danielle van Gorder enjoys Paradise on the Hill.