Deb Aoki interviews otaku extraordinaire and JaPRESS co-owners Patrick Macias and Izumi Evers.
Siku’s version of The Manga Bible gets a writeup in The New York Times and a column in the Daily News. And The Star of Malaysia has an article by Lee Sook Hwai about her recent manga-tinged trip to Japan. Meanwhile, the Episcopal Cafe lists Siku’s four versions of the Good Book.
Ed Chavez points to an interesting rumor that DrMaster may be picking up the Kage kara Mamoru manga (Seven Seas has the light novel).
Volume 2 of Gyakushu is due out this week, and creator Dan Hipp is celebrating with Gyakushu Week on his blog. Click over to see lots of Dan’s art, the evolution of the cover designs, and a five-step lesson so awesome he wrote it IN ALL CAPS!!!!
Kellie Lynch has some advice for would-be authors at the Iris Print blog: Finish the book before you start shopping it around.
Who is the busiest mangaka? Go Nagai!
Cooking with manga: It’s Takoyaki Night at One Potato Two.
News from Japan: ComiPress reports that the Japanese doujinshi magazine Comic Techno is folding, in part because of the high price of oil. ANN gets learns that Monthly Shonen Rival, the Monthly Shonen Jump replacement due to debut on April 4, will feature manga by Randy Ayamine (Get Backers) and Seishi Kishimoto (O-Parts Hunter). And Warriors of Tao mangaka Shinya Kuwahara has a new action manga, Rasenbana, in Monthly Young King.
Manga is cheap in Shangri-La: Charles Tan finds a bargain at a bookstore in the Phillippines.
Japanator has redesigned their website, and it’s quite an improvement—as Giapet says, “the site finally looks like it might function properly!” But she has some other issues with it. And Sakura Kiss of The Yaoi Review finds some nice yaoi sites—in French.
Reviews: It’s a Garden party: Christopher Butcher and Dave White give their opinions of Tokyo Is My Garden. At the MangaCast, Mangamaniac Julie reviews Maybe I’m Your Steppin’ Stone, BrianP checks out vol. 7 of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, and Ed Chavez has audio reviews of vol. 1 of Kyoukaku DOG’s and vol. 2 of The Last Uniform and vol. 2 of Unbalance Unbalance and vol. 1 of The Guin Saga Manga. James Fleenor gives his first impression of vol. 1 of Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time at Anime Sentinel. Ken Haley reviews the adult title vol. 1 of Manga Sutra at PopCultureShock. Erica Friedman critiques vol. 1 of Girl Friends. Connie checks out vol. 1 of Mai the Psychic Girl, vol. 4 of Go Go Heaven, vol. 10 of Phoenix, vol. 1 of Suppli, vol. 14 of Lupin III, vol. 3 of MPD-Psycho, and vol. 6 of +Anima at Slightly Biased Manga. Julie reviews vol. 8 of Kage Tora and vol. 2 of Kanna at the Manga Maniac Cafe. Tangognat looks at two of CMX’s mature titles, Variante and Orfina. Kethylia reads vol. 2 of Little Queen. David Welsh has some comments on A.I. Revolution and Beauty Pop at Precocious Curmudgeon. At Active Anime Davey C. Jones reads vol. 17 of Zatch Bell and vol. 6 of Hayate the Combat Butler, Holly Ellingwood checks out vol. 7 of Chibi Vampire, vol. 7 of Kami Kaze, and vol. 2 of Shinsoku Kiss, and Sandra Scholes sums up vol. 6 of Aegis. Johanna Draper Carlson enjoys vol. 1 of Gon at Comics Worth Reading. At Soliloquy in Blue, Michelle reviews vols. 1 and 2 of Love*Com and vol. 3 of Boys Over Flowers. Youth corner: At Manga Xanadu, daughter Jenny gives a kids-eye-view on vol. 1 of Dragon Drive, and at Newsarama, mom Tracy and daughters Shelby (12) and Sarah (9) give their take on all four volumes of Miki Falls.