A number of universal themes crop up in this article about kids and reading from the Shanghai Daily News, including this anecdote, which gave me a chuckle:
“I do a lot of reading outside school and my favorites include classics like ‘The Little Prince’ and useful books like ‘Selection of Students’ Essays’ because they are very significant,” says fourth-grader Zhu Wen.
Zhu’s mom is obviously proud of his perfect standard answer. “We bought a lot of informative books for him, which will expand his knowledge and improve his IQ,” she says.
After his mom went to the nearby aisle to get educational materials for him, Zhu says something completely different. “Actually, I prefer the ‘Harry Potter’ series and the Japanese manga ‘Slam-Dunk,’ but my mom would be upset if she heard this.”
Continuing his quest to corrupt all the little Zhus of the world, Jason Thompson discusses manga for pre-teens.
In her Weekly Recon roundup at PopCultureShock, Katherine Dacey-Tsuei takes a look at this week’s new manga and reviews some new volumes.
At Comicsnob, Matt Blind posts his weekly roundup of online manga ratings, The Pulse, then takes a closer look at all the volume 1’s on the list. It’s an interesting roundup. Also up: The top 100 volumes and the top 25 series.
The Daily Yomiuri chats with Lupin III creator Monkey Punch.
Here’s something to look for in the spring: One Thousand Years of Manga, by University of Tokyo professor Brigitte Koyama-Richard.
At Comics Should Be Good, MarkAndrew is wondering which manga to read next. Go there and help him choose!
Comics journalist Cheryl Lynn will be moderating a panel on Women of Color in Comics and Manga at the Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art in New York on Nov. 12. And Jason Thompson (him again!) will be signing his tome Manga: The Complete Guide in Petaluma, California, on Nov. 15.
Reviews: Manga Recon has reviews of three books of interest to manga fans: Dragon Sword and Wind Child, J-Horror: The Definitive Guide to The Ring, The Grudge, and Beyond, and Parasite Eve. Melanie has some short manga reviews up at About Heroes. Julie reviews vol. 1 of Love Recipe at Mangacast, and back at the Manga Maniac Cafe she takes a peek at Asian Beat and vol. 2 of Muhyo and Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation. Jen Parker has good things to say about Pet on Duty at Yaoi Suki. At Manganews, Jiji is not impressed by vol. 1 of Bombos vs. Everything, but Snow is captivated by vol. 1 of Demon Flowers. Andrew Zimmerman, the Physics guide at About.com, reviews Edu-Manga: Albert Einstein. At Manga Life, Dan Polley reviews vol. 3 of Miki Falls, vol. 4 of Kitchen Princess, vol. 9 of Ghost Princess, vol. 16 of One Piece, and vol. 2 of Dragon Eye. Johanna Draper Carlson checks out vol. 4 of Kitchen Princess and vol. 3 of Love*Com. Michelle reviews vol. 18 of Hana-Kimi at Soliloquy in Blue. Kethylia gives her take on vol. 1 of Psycho Busters. David Welsh takes a look at two new series, vol. 1 of Hikkatsu and vol. 1 of Aventura. Billy Aguiar reviews vol. 1 of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX for CBGXtra, then dons his Ferdinand guise to discuss Welcome to the NHK (the novel) at Prospero’s Manga. At Active Anime, Holly Ellingwood reviews vol. 18 of Fruits Basket and the yaoi anthology Sensitive Pornograph, while Davey C. Jones checks out vol. 15 of One Piece. Nick gives vol. 1 of Ouran High School Host Club an A at Hobotaku. Tiamat’s Disciple posts an overview of Fruits Basket. Robert Harris gives mediocre grades to vol. 1 of Mamotte!! Lollipop at Anime on DVD. Over at Blogcritics, Katie McNeill reviews vol. 1 of The Tarot Cafe and Jim Henson’s Return to Labyrinth. Manly Manga, a blog covering German releases, reviews vol. 1 of Kyoko Karasuma. At The Star of Malaysia, Kevin Tan reviews vol. 1 of Samurai Commando: Mission 1549 and Kitty Sensei goes into sugar shock from vol. 1 of Pick of the Litter but enjoys vol. 1 of Love as a Foreign Language. Avid Reader gives thumbs up to vol. 3 of Vampire Knight. Joshua Habel critiques vol. 1 of Fullmetal Alchemist at The Stute. At Dear Author, where apparently reviews are presented as letters to the authors, Jan pens a missive to Jason Thompson about Manga: The Complete Guide. Andrew Wheeler posts an ecletic review of The Manga Bible, vol. 1 of Naruto, and vol. 1 of Death Note at ComicMix. Tom Baker reviews vols. 17-19 of Case Closed for the Daily Yomiuri.