Josei, mysteries, and speculation

xxxHolicKate Dacey lists this week’s new manga, and describes her top picks in haiku form, in the latest Weekly Recon. Also at PopCultureShock, Ken Haley has composed a definitive guide to Shirow Masamune. At Japanator, God Len posts a haiku-free version of this week’s new releases. (Image is vol. 12 of xxxHolic, one of this week’s crop.)

Johanna Draper Carlson writes about josei manga at Comics Worth Reading.

In his latest Flipped column, David Welsh celebrates the work of Kazuo Umezu (The Drifting Classroom, Cat-Eyed Boy). Back home at Precocious Curmudgeon, he asks readers for some BL suggestions and gets a heaping helping of replies.

A new direction for Viz? This guy is going to be editing speculative fiction, translated from the Japanese, for them. (Hat tip: Charles Tan.)

Everyone’s talking about Felipe Smith, what with his new manga for Morning 2 magazine in Japan. In his latest comiXology column, manga maven Jason Thompson counts the ways that he loves Felipe’s previous series, MBQ.

John Thomas talks to the Right Stuf folks about his work as a translator for the latest Anime Today podcast.

Here’s a perfect match: Junko Mizuno will be designing a My Little Pony for charity. Patrick Macias celebrates with a sample of her most recent work. (Image swiped from Patrick’s blog.)

Yaoi Jamboree organizer Yamila Abraham checks in with her impressions of YJam.

Lissa Pattillo starts a multipart look at manga publishers with her impressions of Tokyopop and Viz at Kuri-ousity.

At the Manga Talk LJ community, Cerusee asks about mystery manga and gets lots of suggestions in comments.

Are you ready for the Takehiko Inoue wave? John Jakala is, and he’s getting it all at a discount.

Rolling tsundere: Canned Dogs has some scans from Mozuya-san gyakujou suru, a manga about a girl afflicted with a tsundere personality disorder. Nice art.

Oyceter is reading manhua by Nan Gongyuu, and it’s worth an extra click to see her lovely art.

Same Hat brings home the crack, and then some, with a new chapter of Dance! Kremlin Palace! and a gallery of new Kazuo Umezu photos. On a more serious note, Ryan shows off an early edition of Barefoot Gen, which he believes is the first translated manga published in America.

More crack: Transformers yaoi. No, really. It’s NSFW if you work in the robotics industry, I suppose. (Via The Yaoi Review.)

If you’re going to be in Melbourne, Australia, tomorrow, check out Queenie Chan’s appearance at the local Borders. Also, Queenie reports that Tokyopop will be announcing the winners of the The Dreaming fanfic contest by the end of the week.

News from Japan: At MangaCast, Ed Chavez presents the weekly manga ratings from Taiyosha and signs on to the Felipe Smith fan club.

Reviews: Chris Mautner reads two Hee Jung Park manhwa, vol. 1 of Fever and vol. 1 of Hotel Africa, and is not impressed. Katherine Dacey writes a review of a full series, vols. 1-8 of ES: Eternal Sabbath, and gives it an A at PopCultureShock’s Manga Recon blog. John Jakala looks at vol. 1 of Crayon Shinchan from the perspective of a parent. Lianne Sentar checks out an unlicensed Fumi Yoshinaga manga, What Did You Eat Yesterday?, at Sleep Is For The Weak. Greg McElhatton reads Abandon the Old in Tokyo at Read About Comics. At Manga Xanadu, Lori Henderson reads an out-of-print classic, vol. 2 of Eagle: The Making of an Asian-American President. Connie reviews vol. 1 of Classical Medley, vol. 7 of Click, vol. 2 of X-Day, vol. 3 of Presents, vol. 3 of Walkin’ Butterfly, and vol. 1 of Girl Who Runs Through Time. Lissa Pattillo checks out vol. 2 of Invisible Boy at Manga Jouhou and Man’s Best Friend and vol. 1 of Genju no Seiza at Kuri-ousity. Ferdinand is not too impressed with In Odd We Trust at Prospero’s Manga. At, Deb Aoki pans both In Odd We Trust and vol. 1 of Nephilim. Erica Friedman reads another unlicensed yuri title, vol. 2 of Sasamekikoto, at Okazu. Ed Chavez gets his seinen on with an audio review of vol. 1 of Cat Eyed Boy and vol. 2 of Sundome at MangaCast. Dave Ferraro, on the other hand, devotes Manga Monday to yaoi with his review of vol. 1 of Little Butterfly at Comics-and-More. At Soliloquy in Blue, Michelle is up to vol. 3 of 7SEEDS. Ed Sizemore reviews vols. 1 and 2 of Yozakura Quartet at Comics Worth Reading. Julie reads vol. 7 of Love Com and vol. 22 of Red River at the Manga Maniac Cafe.

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  1. If anyone reading this suddenly develops a desire to see more Transformers yaoi (and Plots and Tombstones is a classic, but barely the tip of the iceberg, please check out the Tranformslash club on Deviantart
    Thank you.

  2. Aaaaahhhhh! I CREATED some of those Transformers characters! Aaaahhhh!!!


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