Three years and counting

Yep, it’s MangaBlog’s third birthday today, which means I’m about a year or so away from becoming a grizzled internet veteran. So thank you for reading—you are the reason I show up to blog every day.

I want to start with an opportunity for the other bloggers out there—Adam Arnold of Seven Seas e-mailed me to let me know that they are looking for anime and manga bloggers to review their new light novels. Check their site for more info.

Also, I’m happy to announce the latest convert to our numbers: Stan Lee, who will be teaming up with Shaman King creator Hiroyuki Takei to produce a manga for Shueisa’s Jump Square Second. Yeah, that’s right, it’s going to be in Japanese. ANN also has news of a new one-shot manga from Mohiro Kitoh and the imminent demise of Prince of Tennis, Muhyo and Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation, and Kamichama Karin -chu-.

Weekly Recon moves to Mondays so we can more efficiently plan our spending for the week. Katherine Dacey celebrates with an extra helping of reviews. And for those who really like to think ahead, MangaCast lists May and June releases culled from Diamond Previews.

Johanna Draper Carlson takes a critical look at some of Tokyopop’s global manga.

Business Week reviews Daniel Pink’s manga career guide, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko. The first chapter is available as a PDF here. (Via Do You Sociate?)

Jason Thompson holds a manga tasting.

At Manga Xanadu, Lori Henderson notices something odd about a take-down list.

John Jakala wonders about Death Note: How to Read at Sporadic Sequential. (Warning: spoilers.)

For those of you looking for Iris e-books: Kellie is working on it, but there has been a glitch.

ComiPress presents another chapter of Manga Zombie, this one a continuation of the article on Kajiwara Ikki.

New York San Diego Comic-Con has its own magazine, and it’s free on the web.

France’s Centre d’Etudes et Recherches Internationales will host a two-day conference on manga and anime on March 15-17.

Reviews: Let’s start with something different: Kethylia posts on some manga she’s not going to review. At Comics-and-More, Dave Ferraro reviews vol. 1 of Gerard & Jacques and vol. 9 of Nana. Ed Sizemore checks out vol. 1 of Ral Grad at Comics Worth Reading. Tiamat’s Disciple posts some first impressions on vol. 2 of Alice on Deadlines. Despite her best instincts, Erica Friedman can’t stop herself from reviewing vol. 2 of Eternal Alice Rondo at Okazu. John Thomas takes a hard look at vol. 2 of Translucent at Mecha Mecha Media. James Fleenor posts his impression of vol. 8 of O-Parts Hunter at Anime Sentinel. At the Manga Maniac Cafe, Julie checks out vol. 1 of Metro Survive, vol. 2 of High School Debut, vol. 1 of Monkey High!, and vol. 9 of Nana. Holly Ellingwood eyeballs vol. 4 of Kurohime, vol. 24 of Prince of Tennis, and vol. 1 of Monkey High! at Active Anime. Tangognat reviews vol. 3 of Yurara, vol. 1 of Aria, and vols. 1-4 of Dokebi Bride. Greg Hackmann checks out the Sgt. Frog omnibus at Anime on DVD.

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  1. Congratulations and happy birthday! Keep up the good work.

  2. Happy Blog Birthday!

  3. Three years and still going strong — very impressive! Congratulations! Thank you for all that you do to keep us up to date on happenings ’round the web.

  4. Congratulations and Happy Birthday!

  5. Three years—that’s a lot of manga!
    Happy Birthday!

  6. Having hit the three-year mark, you now have a free pass to say “Why, in my day…” without irony.


  7. Three already? I remember when you were THIS tall…


  8. Happy B-day MangaBlog! :)

  9. Congradulations! The time sure does fly by fast, doesn’t it?

  10. Congrats, and here’s to many more! (clink)

  11. Congratz!! Here’s to another three…*gulps Ramune and reaches for another*…and another three…*gulps and reaches*…and another three…

    *wakes up three days later* …Congratulations!!!!!

  12. Happy blog birthday!

  13. Congratulations! I know just how much work it takes. :-) I look forward to many more years of great manga news writeups.

  14. David M says:

    Just to let you know it is San Diego Comic-Con that publishes the free magazine. The San Diego convention and the New York convention are not associated with each other. Congrats on your blogging anniversary

  15. Thanks, David! I guess I just have NYCC on the brain.

    And thank you all for your good wishes!

  16. Tempus really does fugit ^^ Happy birthday and more manga to you!

  17. In addition to wishing your blog a Happy Birthday, and noting the general awesomeness of your reviews, I wanted to say thank you for doing such a great job of covering the mangasphere. All of us would-be manga pundits owe you a big debt of gratitude for your linkage, commentary, and support. I would never have discovered such great blogs as Precocious Curmudgeon, Sporadic Sequential, Comics Worth Reading, or Emily’s Random Shojo Manga Page without MangaBlog.

  18. Happy Blogiversary, Brigid! Thanks for all the linkage you’ve given my blog over the years, and (to echo Kate) thanks for introducing me to so many other wonderful sites to visit!

  19. Happy Birthday! May you have more mangas to read!! <3 <3 I’d take this opportunity to thank you for the linky love for Champloo and showing a lot of other great manga blogs out there! <3 <3

  20. Happy Anniversary! One of the top ten comics blogs!

  21. I’m a little late, but congratulations! Three years is a long time for any website. Thanks for putting in all the work collecting those stories every day too, I’ve been introduced to a lot of great websites and a lot of articles I would have otherwise never found thanks to you.

  22. Congrats on three years of great linkblogging, and here’s to hoping for many more!

  23. Happy birthday! I heard a judge ruled in one court case that time on the internet moves 3 times faster, so your blog is like, 9 in internet years!!

    I probably would never have gotten any paid reviewing gigs if I had never met you! Thanks!!

  24. Congratulations Brigid! I definitely remember fondly when this blog first started ! And now, you’re quite a force in the mangasphere (and an incredibly nice and astute lady to boot)! Best wishes for another 3 years!


    PS: I just looked and realized that this blog and our blog are siblings of sorts—- SH just had it’s 3-year anniversary on February 28th :)

  25. Congrats on a great few years Brigid!

  26. Happy 3-year Birthday!
    Wow, have I been reading your blog for 3 years? Probably at least 2. :)

  27. A belated congratulations! I hope we’ll still be reading mangablog three years hence and beyond.


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