Happy 5th Anniversary to Manga Jouhou, which has been spreading the manga love since 2003. MJ, also called Manganews, is the most comprehensive site on the net, providing updates on scanlations as well as licensed manga news and reviews.
The Otaku posts this week’s new manga releases.
Dirk Deppey has posted his 50 favorite comics of 2007, and the list is heavily peppered with manga, including a few scanlations.
Katherine Dacey posts her Comic Wish List for 2008: More classic manga, fewer manga classics, and please, DC, give CMX some love.
Pssssst, DC… you already have a line of comics that appeal to girls: CMX! If you invested half the money and promotional energy in CMX that you do in Minx, you might be pleasantly surprised by the results.
Deb Aoki takes a look at Spiral at About.com.
So, the other side of the blogosphere has been up in arms about this Spider-Man thing (short version: Marvel couldn’t handle him being happily married, so they hit the reset button and wiped out his marriage). This moves Madeline Ashby to write about the different ways superhero comics and manga handle permanent changes in their characters. My favorite part:
When a manga series ends, fans do the retconning. They call it doujinshi.
Canned Dogs reports that Doujin Work, a Japanese manga about a doujin artist, is coming to an end and will be replaced by a spin-off comic. And Manga Jouhou brings nes that Aya Nakah, creator of Love*Com, is starting a new manga, Nanakorobin.
Manga Calendar: In New York, Erica Friedman will be signing copies of ALC books at Jim Hanley’s Universe on Wednesday, Jan. 16. (Check the same post for her thoughts on Yuri Hime going stand-alone.) In Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, British artist Paul Duffield will teach a workshop on drawing manga on Jan. 26. The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, will host a manga reading lounge from Feb. 7-17 as part of the Japan! Culture + Hyper Culture Festival. And the Shoujo Manga! Girl Power exhibit will tour Japan later this year.
Reviews: MangaCast has a new reviewer, Brian; stop by and check out his review of Ichigeki Sacchu!! HoiHoi-san. Adam Stephanides is underwhelmed by vol. 27 of Iron Wok Jan, the last volume of the series, at Completely Futile. Andrew Wheeler reviews vols. 1 and 2 of The Guin Saga: The Seven Magi at ComicMix. Tiamat’s Disciple posts an overview of Punch. Peter Gutierrez reviews a new Del Rey release, vol. 1 of Hell Girl, for Firefox News. At the Manga Maniac Cafe, Julie reviews vol. 1 of V.B. Rose and Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms, and at MangaCast she checks out World’s End. At The Star of Malaysia, Pauline Wong has mixed feelings about vol. 1 of Suppli. Katherine Dacey is On the Shojo Beat at Manga Recon, with reviews of vol. 7 of Crimson Hero, vol. 1 of High School Debut, and vol. 4 of Love*Com. At Slightly Biased Manga, Connie reviews vol. 7 of Sugar Sugar Rune, vol. 3 of Golgo 13, vol. 3 of Innocent Bird, vol. 3 of Boys Be…, Lupin III, vol. 2 of Warriors of Tao, vol. 20 of Detective Conan, and vol. 8 of Immortal Rain. Kurishojo reviews vol. 1 of Love Is Like a Hurricane and Iliana checks out vol. 1 of Zombie Loan at Manga Jouhou. Julie Rosato reviews Dash! at Anime on DVD. Davey C. Jones reads vol. 1 of Hell Girl and Sandra Scholes takes an advance look at vol. 1 of Totally Captivated at Active Anime. Jog analyzes vol. 1 of King City. Emily reviews Otona Pink on Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page. Erica Friedman checks out vol. 3 of Yuri Hime S at Okazu. Katie Haegele reviews vol. 1 of Gakuen Alice for the somewhere-in-Pennsylvania Times Leader. Johanna Draper Carlson reads vol. 1 of Walkin’ Butterfly at Comics Worth Reading.