John Jakala presents the short course in yaoi, courtesy of Fumi Yoshinaga.
Erica Friedman presents yuri and yuri-ish news at Okazu. And if you have been enjoying her reviews, translations, and commentary, you may be interested to know that she is now available for freelance work. Contact info is at the blog.
Lissa Pattillo has an interesting comparison of manga and anime at Kuri-ousity.
For those who don’t mind spoilers and literary discussion, Mely looks at the themes of “duplicity and duplication” in the works of Yuki Kaori (The Cain Saga, Angel Sanctuary) at coffeeandink.
ICv2 has a brief writeup on CMX’s new title announcements from NYCC.
Same Hat! has photos from the opening of an exhibit of manga-ka Shintaro Kago’s works in Amsterdam.
Jason Thompson was there for the opening of Manga Cafe Mika.
Congratulations to Tiamat’s Disciple, of Tiamat’s Manga Reviews, who is celebrating two years on the internets.
News from Japan: Shogakukan is opening its website to fan-made comics, a new Code Geass manga is starting in Kerokero Ace, and Minoru Murao will draw the manga adaptation of the game World Destruction.
Invaeon posts the German manga release list for May at Manly Manga and More.
Reviews: Check out the latest set of reviews at Manga Village: Lori Henderson on vol. 9 of Nana, Sabrina on vol. 8 of Buso Renkin, Charles Tan on vol. 4 of King of Fighters 2003 and Death Note: Another Note, and John Thomas on vol. 1 of Dororo. It’s the battle of the Speed Racers at About.com, where Deb Aoki compares and contrasts the classic Japanese version from DMP with the newer global version from Seven Seas. Jog reviews the newest Tezuka entry from Vertical, vol. 1 of Dororo. Kethylia gets her hands on an advance copy of vol. 1 of Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro, a new 4-koma book from Yen, and gives it points for good production despite its many flaws. Tangognat reviews vol. 1 of Hellgate and vol. 1 of Heavenshield. Tiamat’s Disciple reads Chronicles of the Cursed Sword, vols. 1 and 2 of Life, and a light novel, vol. 1 of Strawberry Panic. At Kuri-ousity, Lissa Pattillo checks out vol. 3 of Innocent Bird, vol. 2 of Ichigenme, and vol. 1 of Nightmare Inspector. Julie looks at vol. 6 of D Gray-Man, vol. 3 of Hikkatsu!, vol. 1 of Honey and Clover, and vol. 2 of Sand Chronicles at the Manga Maniac Cafe. LJ’er Arial posts a long list of short reviews, which could be a handy reference if you’re looking for something to read. Erica Friedman reviews some untranslated yuri at Okazu: vol. 1 of Sasamekikoto and the light novel Escalation – Die Liebe. Ferdinand takes a look at vol. 1 of Kannazuki No Miko and vol. 1 of Heavenshield at Prospero’s Manga. Active Anime has reviews of vol. 2 of Do Whatever You Want by Sandra Scholes, vol. 4 of S.A. by Rachel Bentham, vol. 29 of Naruto by Davey C. Jones, and vol. 1 of Fairy Cube by Holly Ellingwood. Michelle reviews vols. 27 and 28 of InuYasha at Soliloquy in Blue. Danielle Van Gorder reviews vol. 1 of Fairy Tail and Matthew Alexander catches up with vol. 5 of Lunar Legend Tsukihime at Anime on DVD. At Manga Xanadu, Lori Henderson’s daughter Jenny reviews vol. 5 of Dragon Drive.