Mid-week melange

This will make Wednesday pass a little quicker: Deb Aoki presents a preview gallery of new Viz manga at About.com.

Blazedent interviews American artist Takeshi Miyazawa, who is trying to make it as a manga-ka in Japan.

Katherine Dacey posts the new titles and short reviews at the Weekly Recon.

At The Beat, Heidi posts Diamond’s top 50 manga of 2007. That’s the top selling manga in comics stores, although the bookstore lineup probably would look the same, at least at the top of the list: It’s mostly Fruits Basket, Naruto, Death Note, and Bleach, but Kingdom Hearts, Megatokyo, Berserk, and Yotsuba&! make appearances as well.

PWCW’s Kai-Ming Cha takes a look at the Blood+ franchise (manga and light novels) that’s about to hit American shores, courtesy of Dark Horse.

LJ’er rushthatspeaks lists the best anime and manga of 2007.

ComiPress presents a history of the soon-to-be-defunct NewType USA magazine. Also: The Japanese light novel magazine Monthly Dragon is 20 years old and slowing down in its old age—they’ll be going bimonthly.

Here’s a page of girls with headphones. No, I don’t know why.

At MangaCast, Ed starts the Big List of Japanese manga releases with the BL and ero lists before moving on to the mid-size publishers.

Reviews: At Sleep Is For the Weak, Lianne Sentar is seriously not impressed with Honey and Clover. Ed Sizemore waxes meh about X-Diary at Comics Worth Reading. On the other hand, Michelle enjoys vol. 2 of Skip Beat! at Soliloquy in Blue. Leroy Douresseaux checks out vol. 8 of Kaze Hikaru at The Comic Book Bin. Greg Hackman reads the light novel Oh My Goddess! First End at Anime on DVD. Julie reviews vol. 14 of The Wallflower and vol. 1 of Ral Ω Grad at the Manga Maniac Cafe. Holly Ellingwood reviews vol. 1 of Monochrome Factor and vol. 1 of Short Sunzen at Active Anime. Coeli recalls Flame of Recca at Poopsies. Miranda has a brief update on vols. 7-9 of The Drifting Classroom at Prospero’s Manga. Erica Friedman finds a nice yuri title, Rakuen no Jouken, at Okazu. Lissa Pattillo reads Enslaved by the Dragon so we don’t have to at Kuriosity. Connie checks out vol. 9 of Skip Beat!, vol. 1 of Aqua, and vol. 9 of Dragon Head at Slightly Biased Manga. At Manga Punk, Vikingr reviews vol. 3 of Bleach.

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  1. On Patillo: Hey, at least she liked Winter Demon! (thumbs up)

  2. Monthly Dragon is 20 years old?! Cripes, I feel old. I remember being a teenager and fantastizing about an English version of that mag. We’ve gotten chunks of a few of its series published over here, though (Slayers, Scrapped Princess, Full Metal Panic, etc.), so I should really count my blessings. Now if only someone would publish the Orphen novels…althogh I can understand why no one will, since that would result in a COMPLETE WASTE of a licensing investment when no one bought them but a handful of geeks. It would still be cool, though.