Ahoy! Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day, not only an important internet holiday in its own right but also a sacred feast for members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. ‘Tis a great day to settle in with a copy of One Piece, Destiny’s Hand, or East Coast Rising, or fire up th’ browser and check out the webcomic Vampirates. ComiPress is celebrating today by translating all its posts into pirate-speak.
David Welsh is looking forward to this week’s new manga.
New titles for CMX: In this week’s PWCW, Kai-Ming Cha talks to CMX director of manga Asako Suzuki and manga editor Jim Chadwick about some new titles: Go West and the superhero parody Dokkoida?! by Yu Yagami, creator of Hikkatsu and Those Who Hunt Elves, and two one-shots from Flex Comics, Zombie Fairy and Leader’s High. Check the article for some interesting commentary, and MangaCast has cover art for the Yagami titles. Also up at PWCW: A preview of The Dark Crystal Vol. 1: The Garthim Wars.
Leah posts an Osamu Tezuka primer at Hobotaku.
At the Icarus blog (NSFW), Simon Jones lists the upcoming adult manga and discusses why it’s important that Tokyopop and Aurora are releasing mature titles.
The Yaoi Review looks at new titles for September.
Congrats to all those involved with Yuri Monogatari 3, which was nominated for a Lambda Book Award. And YM fans take note: At least five contributors will be at Yuricon’s Yurisai event.
ComiPress has some Japanese serialization news.
MangaCast has press releases on Viz’s acquisition of the Death Note live action movies and the Yen Press fall lineup.
Everyone else is linking to this guy, so I guess I will too: An argument against “global manga.” I thought we would have been over this by now, but I guess not.
Reviews: Carlo Santos has a new Right Turn Only!! column up at ANN, giving his take on Demon Flowers, Tekkonkinkreet, and more. He also gives some bad grades to vol. 1 of St. Lunatic High School. About Heroes also posts brief reviews of new and old manga, including Battle Royale: Ultimate Edition, Ohikkoshi, and My Heavenly Hockey Club. At Anime on DVD, Robert Harris reviews vol. 1 of Pretty Face and Greg Hackmann critiques the Sanami Matoh one-shot RA-I. Michael Aronson compares and contrasts vol. 2 of Puri Puri with Love Hina at Manga Life. Nick isn’t too enthusiastic about vol. 1 of Shakugan no Shana at Hobotaku. At Active Anime, Holly Ellingwood reviews vol. 17 of Fruits Basket and Scott Campbell checks out vol. 1 of Ichigeki Sacchu Hoihoi-san. Billy Aguiar reviews vol. 1 of Gon at CBGXtra.com. Miranda has a brief but positive review of Truly Kindly at Prospero’s Manga. At Okazu, Erica Friedman looks for teh yuri in vol. 1 of Venus Versus Virus and comes up empty. At Comics Worth Reading, Johanna names The Voices of a Distant Star one of the best manga of 2006. Michelle reads vol. 15 of Hana-Kimi at Soliloquy in Blue. At PopCultureShock, Katherine Dacey-Tsuei enjoys vols. 1-4 of Mitsukazu Mihara’s The Embalmer. Julie checks out vol. 1 of Blood Sucker: Legend of Zipangubout at the Manga Maniac Cafe. Over at Manganews, mjules reviews Lover’s Flat and vol. 2 of Flower of Life, and Cornerofmadness reads vol. 19 of Bleach. Connie posts reviews of vol. 8 of Lupin III, vol. 9 of Guru Guru Pon-Chan, vol. 2 of My Heavenly Hockey Club, vol. 7 of Law of Ueki, vol. 20 of Bleach, vol. 9 of XXXholic, and vols. 5 and 6 of Saint Seiya at Slightly Biased Manga.