At The Beat, Heidi MacDonald rounds up numerous articles about the popularity of manga and another set about retailing. Both make interesting reading, as do the comments that follow. I particularly like this, from the inexplicably blogless Simon Jones:
I always put down the success of manga being due to it’s utterly mercenary nature. That’s not to say there’s a lack of art or anything to it, but it knows what it’s audience wants.
Adolescent boys! Here is some violence or possibly some sports or perhaps both! Here is an audience identificaiton character! Here is a girl! The girl will not be terribly complex but you will be 15 and will not care that much!
Adolescent girls! Here is some romance! Here is an audience identification character! Here is some soap opera! Here is a boy! The boy will likewise be able to be broken down into a few simple character traits but, again, you are 15 and will not care that much!
The Manga Villagers pick the best of this week’s new manga.
At Manga Xanadu, Lori Henderson makes the tough choices from the latest Previews.
Xavier Guilbert interviews Igarashi Daisuke at du9.
Erica Friedman rounds up this week’s yuri news at Okazu.
Con time: Gia continues her Sakura Con coverage with a report on the Dark Horse panel and a roundup of important news. Deb Aoki was there as well, and she notes that Dark Horse editor Carl Horn complained of slow sales for their mature titles:
Struggling titles mentioned include horror/suspense titles Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service and Mail as well as Hiroshi Hirata’s samurai epic, Satsuma Gishiden.
In the case of Satsuma Gishiden, Horn explained, “Hiroshi Hirata has created one of the best samurai manga, ever. But we couldn’t continue publishing it after volume 3, because it wasn’t selling.”
John Jakala questions an assertion by DC’s Paul Levitz that the success of manga is confined to a few series.
John T is back from his trip to Japan and he shows off his swag, including a Spider-Man manga.
Charts, charts, charts: Ed Chavez posts the Gamers light novel rankings and the Toroana doujin ratings from Japan. Matt Blind has been doing some number-crunching at Comicsnob, and he has come up with the top 500 manga for last week, top 50 series for last week, a publishers’ scorecard, a midlist 500 (taking out the top five series), and an explanation of how he does it. All Matt’s charts are based on online sales.
German blogger Invaeon, of Manly Manga and More, links to a set of German articles about German mangaka in Spiegel Online.
Reviews: The denizens of Manga Village have a new set of reviews up: Charles Tan on vol. 1 of Museum of Terror, John Thomas on vol. 4 of The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Lissa Pattillo on vol. 1 of Boys Be, Dan Polley on vol. 13 of Golgo 13, Sabrina on vol. 13 of One Piece and vol. 1 of Ballad of a Shinagami, and Lori Hendrson on vol. 1 of Monkey High. At Active Anime, Holly Ellingwood reviews vol. 3 of Heroes Are Extinct! and vol. 16 of Tsubasa, and Scott Campbell checks out vol. 1 of Shin Megami Tensei Kahn. Kethylia finds plenty to like in vol. 1 of Tower of the Future and is still enjoying vol. 4 of Vampire Knight. Johanna Draper Carlson pans Real Love at Comics Worth Reading. At Prospero’s Manga, Ferdinand is less impressed than others have been with vol. 1 of Fairy Tail. At the MangaCast, Mangamaniac Julie reviews Great Place High School; back at the Manga Maniac Cafe, she checks out The Color of Love. Nothayama posts a mini-review of High School Debut at Sleep Is For the Weak. At the Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society, Ryes reads Sugar Milk and Hot Steamy Glasses. EvilOmar spotlights Negima and posts some short manga reviews at About Heroes. Connie checks out vol. 2 of Flock of Angels, vol. 14 of Boys Be…, vol. 12 of Trigun Maximum, vol. 5 of Hoshin Engi, and vol. 3 of Metamo Kiss. The Manga Recon crowd posts some mini-reviews at PopCultureShock. Andrew Wheeler reviews three manga that have nothing in common at ComicMix: vol. 1 of Priest, vol. 1 of Sugar Sugar Rune, and vol. 1 of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing. Erica Friedman reviews vol. 2 of Magie Paire and the lesbian-free Lesbian Shoujo Ai at Okazu. Michelle checks out vols. 5 and 6 of Boys Over Flowers and vols. 5 and 6 of Skip Beat! at Soliloquy in Blue.