Monday early roundup

Yaoi Suki has comprehensive coverage of Yaoicon, with panel reports from all the major publishers (except BeBeautiful, which wasn’t there). If you read yaoi, you need to read Yaoi Suki—Jen and Jordan do a great job of covering the scene, and the Yaoicon coverage is concise, complete, and readable. Over at MangaCast’s new digs, Ed has posted covers for newly announced titles from 801 and Boysenberry.

Variety notices manga, with a piece about film adaptations that focuses on Tokyopop, plus a profile of Tpop honcho Stu Levy and a highly arguable list of Tokyopop’s top ten properties.

Julie checks out the November Previews at the Manga Maniac Cafe.

ICv2’s Comic Book Guy Steve Bennett wonders if manga publishers will make the same mistake that superhero publishers did—just keep churning out more of the same.

At Otaku Champloo, Khursten weighs in on Japan’s request that U.S. authorities do a better job of enforcing copyright laws. Khursten is located in the Philippines, where there are few licensed properties available in English, so a crackdown would really affect people. And at Journalista, Dirk Deppey points out that this will always be a bigger issue for anime companies because Japanese watchers can download a fansubbed anime and just ignore the subtitles.

Hazel checks out some new scanlations.

Mely of Coffeeandink finds a gem in Bleach.

The Taipei Times looks at animamix artists, Asian artists who are influenced by the look of manga.

Kinokuniya goes pan-Asian.

Reviews: At Comics Worth Reading, Johanna Draper Carlson critiques vol. 1 of Red String. Julie reviews vol. 1 of The Yagyu Ninja Scrolls, vol. 19 of Red River, vol. 1 of Style School: Illustration and Instruction, and vol. 2 of I Hate You More Than Anyone at the Manga Maniac Cafe. At Hobotaku, Nick is still not sure about vol. 1 of Welcome to the NHK. Matthew “Not the Newsarama Guy” Brady reviews the November issue of Shojo Beat. Kethylia is disappointed by vol. 9 of Guru Guru Pon-Chan but likes vol. 1 of Peach Girl: Sae’s Story. Patricia Beard reviews the one-shot Star for Anime on DVD. MangaCast seems to be running on two sites at the moment; Mangamaniac Julie reviews vol. 2 of Our Everlasting at the new site, and Pea checks out vol. 9 of Shocking Pink Sky at the old digs. At Prospero’s Manga, Ferdinand checks out vol. 1 of Atelier Marie and Elie: Zarlburg Alchemist and Miranda checks out vol. 1 of Me2, and at Comics Buyers Guide, Billy Aguiar checks out vol. 1 of The Yagyu Ninja Scrolls: Revenge of the Hori Clan. EvilOmar looks over Crying Freeman at About Heroes. Ken Haley reviews vol. 3 of MPD Psycho at PopCultureShock’s Manga Recon blog. At Slightly Biased Manga, Connie checks out vol. 8 of Saint Seiya, Mantis Woman, and two Hideshi Hino releases, Bug Boy and Oninbo and the Bugs From Hell 1. Joshua Habel reviews vol. 1 of Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service at The Stute.

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  1. [...] [Review] Hazel on scanlations that she’s been reading lately. I hunted down several of them, and while I saw nothing Earth-shattering, I was nonetheless quite charmed by Akihito Yoshitomi’s shoujo-ai tale of teen romance, “Sketch.” (Above: Double entendre entirely intentional. Sequence from “Sketch,” as scanlated by the Strays group; presumably ©2007 Akihito Yoshitomi. First link via Brigid Alverson.) [...]