Manga in color, online sales, and NYCC buildup

NYCC is coming up this weekend! Who’s going? I’ll be there, covering it for PWCW and MangaBlog and appearing on a panel on kids’ comics on Sunday, and at PopCultureShock, Kate Dacey has a handy list of manga and anime related events. Clip it and save it, along with Erin’s indispensible manga map of midtown Manhattan.

VIZ veep Gonzalo Ferreyra is the guest on the latest Anime Today podcast from RightStuf. (Via ComiPress.)

Is manga better in color? The Manga_Talk LJ community, which has been quiet for a while, discusses the question of color vs. black and white.

Erica Friedman rounds up the week’s yuri news at Okazu.

Manga by the numbers: Once again, Matt Blind crunches the online sales numbers for manga and comes up with the top 500 manga, top 50 series, publishers’ scorecard, and midlist chart, then discusses the burning literary question of whether light novels are manga.

Reviews: Emily of Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page reappears with writeups of three unlicensed titles: Hana to Akuma, Ai Hime ~ Ai to Himegoto, and Kimi ni Todoke. Lori Henderson has short takes on vol. 20 of Bleach and vol. 9 of Black Cat at Manga Xanadu. Tangognat reviews vol. 1 of Yumekui Kenbun Nightmare Inspector. At The Yaoi Review, Sakura Kiss enjoys a non-yaoi title, Voices of Love. It’s a Drifting Classroom marathon at Slightly Biased Manga, where Connie reviews vols. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11. Mangamaniac Julie checks out The First Stage of Love at Mangacast, and back at the Manga Maniac Cafe, she’s reading vol. 5 of D. Gray-Man and vol. 1 of Yumekui Kenbun Nightmare Inspector. At PopCultureShock, the Manga Recon crew review an assortment of books and Isaac Hale calls vol. 1 of Yumekui Kenbun Nightmare Inspector a “pit of medocrity.” Johanna Draper Carlson updates her Emma page to include a review of vol. 7. Lissa Pattillo fears the concept is starting to wear thin by vol. 6 of Satisfaction Guaranteed at Kuri-ousity. Michelle enjoys vol. 5 of Maison Ikkoku and vol. 4 of Love*Com at Soliloquy in Blue. At Active Anime, Sandra Scholes reviews the UK editions of vols. 1, 2, and 3 of Buso Renkin. Marina Neira checks out vol. 7 of Crimson Hero.

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  1. I’ll be there Saturday only