Yen Press finally got a real website! The basic design is nice and clean, although the miscellaneous logos for different books clutter it up a bit—the armchair designer in me wants to replace those with titles in a single type plus cover shots. A couple of the links have no content yet, but I’m happy to see there is going to be a blog, and I notice there’s a “downloads” button as well. Hmmm.
David Welsh discusses where he buys his manga at Precocious Curmudgeon, and lots of people chime in with their comments.
ComiPress translates another blog post about hard-working manga artists; this one is about George Akiyama, who doesn’t seem to have anything translated into English, although Pseudo-Human Gourd Beetle sounds promising.
Imprint TALK has a post on the popularity of manga in Japan, including shots of folks reading on the train.
Pablo Hidalgo compares different comics adaptations of Star Wars, including Marvel and manga versions. (Via ComiPress.)
News from Japan: Canned Dogs reports that Shounen Magazine and Shounen Sunday will start a new biweekly magazine that will run popular chapters of Detective Conan (a.k.a. Case Closed) and Kindaichi Case Files. ANN has more, including the news that the new magazine will be called Conan & Kindaichi. ANN has the news that Girls Bravo mangaka Mario Kaneda will start a new manga serial in Kadokawa Shoten’s Monthly Shonen Ace. And I guess this was inevitable: schoolboy cafes.
Manhua! China Comics Now is an exhibit that will open in London on March 7.
NYCC news: ICv2 has announced their panels for the pre-show conference, which has proven to be one of the best parts of the whole experience for me.
Reviews: John Jakala runs through what he’s been reading lately at Sporadic Sequential (warning: includes image of homicidal Santa). Ed Sizemore reviews vols. 1 and 2 of Zondervan’s Manga Bible (not to be confused with Siku’s The Manga Bible) and vol. 1 of Le Chevalier d’Eon at Comics Worth Reading. Danielle Van Gorder checks out vol. 1 of Wild Ones, and the whole staff pitches in with the Small Bodied Manga Reviews at Anime on DVD. Michelle moves on to vol. 4 of Boys Over Flowers at Soliloquy in Blue. Holly Ellingwood reviews vol. 7 of Beauty Pop and vol. 13 of Black Cat, and Sandra Scholes has an advance look at vol. 1 of Kingdom of the Winds, at Active Anime. Tiamat’s Disciple reads vol. 2 of With the Light. Nick is of two minds about vol. 1 of Harukaze Bitter Bop at Hobotaku. At Manga Life, Ysabet Reinhardt McFarlane checks out vol. 1 of Suppli and vol. 26 of Basara, and James Hanrahan reviews vols. 1 and 2 of King of Thorn. Comic Pants presents another edition of Manga Zubon, their collection of brief reviews. J. Bowers takes a look at vol. 1 of Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation at PLAYBACK:stl. At Okazu, Erica Friedman is pleased with Voiceful.