The crack team of investigators at Comic Book Resources has found an online manga (click “open” to read it) tie-in for the upcoming movie Cloverfield. The manga is in Japanese, but the CBR folks summarize it a bit, and they’re looking for help with translating it.
At PWCW, Kai-Ming Cha talks to SVA prof Adam Sexton, who worked on Wiley’s Shakespeare manga, and English prof Peter Platt, who isn’t sold on them. And buried in the briefs is the news that DC/Wildstorm is doing a Batman manga series. (Caught it: Manga Jouhou.)
Anime blogger Scott D compares the Tokyopop and ADV versions of Aria at Tea Shop Beloved. In the end, he gives Tokyopop a slight edge.
The dialogue at the Iris Print blog is getting interesting, with guest blogger Nicole Kimberling of Blind Eye Books using real numbers to explain the challenges of small-press publishing. A commenter chimes in with different opinions on marketing and e-books.
Everyone thinks their kid is brilliant, but John Jakala knows: His two-year-old daughter picked up Gon and “read” it (it’s wordless) in the right direciton; she understood the plot and even offered a mini-review. Click for cuteness! Also: It’s not manga, but Jakala’s attempt to explain the latest Spider-Man twist to his wife is too funny to miss. (Because manga is so totally logical, we would never have this problem, right? Right?)
How do the Japanese read manga so fast? Charles Tan says readers can process kanji more quickly than words.
Khursten continues her history of the love affair between fujoshi and Shonen Jump at Otaku Champloo.
Deb Aoki picks Hollow Fields as the best global manga of 2007. Excellent choice!
The book distributor Biblio, which handles Fanfare/Ponent Mon’s titles, has been sold to AtlasBooks.
Adult section: Canned Dogs has the Best Eromanga of 2007, as voted by the sophisticate readers at 2chan. (Images are NSFW but pretty small; I can’t vouch for any of the links, however). Also: Heisei Democracy learns that Futaket 4 is definitely on for this spring.
Reviews: NotHayama reviews Gin Tama at Sleep Is For the Weak. Jenni checks out vols. 1 and 2 of Death Note and The Twelve Kingdoms at Borderline Hikikomori. Ferdinand relaxes with vol. 1 of Aria at Prospero’s Manga. Julie reads The Manga Bible and vol. 1 of Dragon Eye at the Manga Maniac Cafe. Tiamat’s Disciple posts an overview of Negima. Gary Thompson reviews vol. 1 of Pumpkin Scissors at Anime on DVD. Michelle reads the Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle Character Guide and the novel Never Let Me Go at Soliloquy in Blue. Brian P checks out vol. 6 of Emma at MangaCast.