The most recent preview on the Morning 2 site gives away the winner of their second international manga competition, Meng-Lin Yu of Taiwan, whose entry is entitled Fairy Tail. ANN has this scoop as well as the news that the first English issue of Cosmode magazine is online (registration is required, but free).
Deb Aoki looks ahead to the manga that will be available on Free Comic Book Day.
At Sporadic Sequential, John Jakala muses about personnel changes in manga.
It’s worth enduring the odd layout and multicolored type of this page to get a look at the lovely, economical drawings of Jenny R, the Madagascar-born, French-raised global manga artist.
At Pretty, Fizzy Paradise, Kalinara gripes a bit about the new X-Men manga.
NPR’s Fresh Air has a segment on Death Note.
If you’re in London, this seminar, Japan’s Manga and Anime Industries: Creativity and the Global Marketplace, sounds interesting; speakers include artist Emma Hayley and Yoko Ono (not sure if it’s that Yoko Ono, though).
News from Japan: Canned Dogs reports that Mx0 is winding up its run in the next few issues of Shounen Jump.
The Blogging News: Congratulations to Tangognat, who has just joined the When Fangirls Attack team after spending the past few weeks ensuring that manga is included among their links. The Anime Blog Awards final nominations are up. Thanks to all who nominated our humble blog!
Reviews: It’s a mixed bag at Active Anime, where Holly Ellingwood reviews vol. 6 of Absolute Boyfriend, Sandra Scholes checks out vol. 2 of Totally Captivated, and Scott Campbell reads vol. 6 of Dragon Drive. Beware of spoilers in Dave Ferraro’s rave review of vol. 10 of Nana at Comics-and-More. Ed Sizemore reviews vols. 1 and 2 of Pumpkin Scissors and vol. 1 of Cantarella at Comics Worth Reading. At Soliloquy in Blue, Michelle reads Brave Story, vols. 3, 4, and 5 of Kare Kano, and vol. 24 of InuYasha. Kethylia checks out vol. 12 of Hot Gimmick and Hot Gimmick S. Snow Wildsmith reviews vol. 1 of Gakuen Alice for Manga Jouhou. Deb Aoki reviews Disappearance Diary at About.com