At PopCultureShock’s Manga Recon blog, Katherine Dacey talks to Christy Lijewski and Tokyopop editor Tim Beedle about the second volume of RE:Play, artistic and musical influences, and more. And with a slim week ahead, she devotes Manga Recon to the short list of new releases and two movies based on manga, Lovely Complex and Nana.
Johanna Draper Carlson notes that Tokyopop is sending a copy of Tarot Cafe and a piece of art to everyone who enters their The Dreaming fanfic contest, and she wonders if that means that fewer people have entered than they hoped. Also at Comics Worth Reading: Ed Sizemore visits the exhibit of Shigeru Mizuki’s Fifty-Three Stations of the Yokaido Road prints.
Tiamat’s Disciple had trouble finding Seven Seas titles, so he e-mailed the company and got an interesting explanation: They switched distributors from Diamond to Tor/Macmillan, and Diamond wouldn’t let go of their backlist stock until the end of February. TD is in the UK, but I’m wondering if that problem affected the US as well. FWIW, I was in Borders on Sunday and saw several Seven Seas titles.
Chloe of Shuchaku-East does a little spring cleaning and rediscovers a manga with an interesting cover.
John T of Mecha Mecha Media checks in from Japan with some interesting observations.
Stop the presses: Matt Blind discovers that Naruto is selling well! Then he presents a “de-Narutofied” version of the top 500 selling manga for the past week.
At Manga Xanadu, Lori Henderson goes to Barnes & Noble with low expectations and is pleasantly surprised to find a large, well-stocked manga section.
News from Japan: The Coamix magazine Comic Bunch will be launching several manga series based on Japanese, Korean, and Chinese novels over the next two weeks.
Mark your calendar: If you’re in Tokyo on March 26, check out the free symposium hosted by the Japanese Foreign Ministry on intellectual property in anime and manga.
Reviews: Lots of people are reviewing vols. 1 and 2 of Fairy Tail, which are both due out tomorrow: Andrew Wheeler of ComicMix enjoys it despite the fact that much of it has been done before; Greg McElhatton of Read About Comics notices that it looks a lot like One Piece; Julie of the Manga Maniac Cafe admits she’s a sucker for this kind of manga and… notices it looks a lot like One Piece; and Ed Chavez podcasts his thoughts about Fairy Tail and Gun Blaze West at MangaCast. Also at the MangaCast, Ed has an 18+ audio review of Please Miss Yuri and Milk Mama and MangaManiac Julie checks out vol. 1 of Don’t Blame Me. Connie reads vol. 1 of Fever and vols. 6 and 7 of Moon Child at Slightly Biased Manga. At Manga Jouhou, Snow cuts through the cheesiness and enjoys From Up Above. Chloe doesn’t much care for vol. 1 of Teru Teru x Shonen at Manga Recon. Matthew Alexander gives pretty good grades to vol. 1 of My Heavenly Hockey Club at Anime on DVD. At Soliloquy in Blue, Michelle enjoys vol. 2 of Kare Kano and vol. 15 of Tsubasa. Besides Fairy Tail, Julie also found time to review Dayan Collection and vol. 1 of Shin Megami Tensei Kahn at the Manga Maniac Cafe. Over at The Comics Reporter, Tom Spurgeon reviews Tezuka’s MW. Jason Thompson checks out Only Words. Kethylia turns two thumbs down on Menkui! At Prospero’s Manga, Ferdinand is unimpressed with Spy Goddess: Chase for the Chalice. Scott Campbell reviews vol. 10 of The Drifting Classroom and vol. 3 of Uzumaki at Active Anime. Tiamat’s Disciple reviews three titles by CLAMP: The One I Love, vols. 1-4 of Wish, and vols. 1-5 of Angelic Layer. At ANN, Carl Kimlinger reviews vol. 7 of School Rumble and Theron Martin checks out vol. 2 of Dragon Eye.