This is a short post because I’m heading out before dawn to work at the polls for my city’s municipal elections. Local elections don’t get a lot of press, but they have a huge impact on your day-to-day life. After all, you don’t encounter the feds too often, but most likely you drive on local roads, send your kids to local schools, use local parks and libraries, and call local police and firefighters in emergencies. So, vote. If you don’t know who to vote for, take a few minutes to read your local paper or simply ask a friend who is knowledgeable about local issues who they are voting for and why.
Voting today should be quick and painless, and it’s an excellent way to keep your registration active and guarantee that you will be able to vote next year, when the lines will probably be longer. So, vote!
OK, on to the manga.
Newsarama talks to Emma Hayley of Self Made Hero about her company’s manga adaptations of Shakespeare and other classics.
Canned Dogs has a peek at Kamisama Dolls. And they report that the first issue of Jump Square, the magazine created to replace Monthly Shonen Jump, sold out its 500,000-issue print run in Japan. This is interesting:
The magazine targets both males and females at a 6:4 ratio within the age group of 15 to 25. Meaning one of the manga in the magazine is about the wonderful friendship between two handsome men that keep having their clothes taken off every other page.
The Japanese company Lotus has set up a portal for information about manga and other entertainment items that are available for licensing. Simon Jones of Icarus Comics wonders (slightly NSFW) if they’re duplicating something that publishers do for themselves—but maybe that’s the point?
Reviews: Ginger Mayerson reviews Constellations in My Palm for the Lincoln Heights Literary Society. At the Star of Malaysia, Kadzuki is not too taken with vol. 1 of The Devil Within. Nick slams vol. 1 of Zombie Powder at Hobotaku. Graeme Flory checks out three Yen Press volume 1s, Zombie Loan, Black God, and Spiral, at Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review. At Comic Mix, Andrew Wheeler looks at vol. 1 of Alice on Deadlines and vol. 1 of Psycho Busters. Miranda reviews vol. 1 of Heaven!! and Just My Luck at Prospero’s Manga, and contributor Billy Aguiar checks out vol. 1 of Pumpkin Scissors for CBGXtra. Michelle reviews vol. 9 of Bleach at Soliloquy in Blue.