News is breaking out all over. In this week’s PWCW, I talked to Chris Oarr about what’s going on at ADV Manga, which he says is still a going concern, and I interviewed Queenie Chan about In Odd We Trust, her new graphic novel based on Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas novels (and co-written with Koontz).
John Jakala reacts to the ADV piece at Sporadic Sequential.
Newsarama has part one of a lengthy three-part survey of Tokyopop’s global manga creators, in which they talk about their experiences with the company and their hopes for the future.
The MangaCast team go through the New Manga Release List and pick out their favorites.
Japanator’s Dick McVengeance reports on the translation panel at AnimeNEXT, which was hosted by translator Mari Marimoto, who always has something interesting to say.
Tom Good writes about BEA for the Lincoln Heights Literary Society, and his account includes a report on a panel on Sex in Graphic Novels.
News from Japan: ComiPress translates an analysis of the readership of Ichijinsha manga magazines. It seems that they have one shonen magazine that attracts mostly female readers and another that attracts mostly males. ANN reports that Hana-Kimi creator Hisaya Najako will draw a Hana-Kimi one-shot for the July Hana to Yume magazine.
Reviews: Carlo Santos delivers a sharp jab to Kamichama Karin Chu but finds other manga he likes better in his latest Right Turn Only!! column at ANN. Also at ANN, Theron Martin finds vol. 1 of Cy-Believers more entertaining than it really should be, which pretty much sums up my reaction as well, and Casey Brienza enjoys vol. 4 of Mushishi. Trevor finds some social commentary in vol. 1 of Lupin III at With Scissors. Lori Henderson’s daughter Krissy gives her impressions of the kid-friendly vol. 1 of Kat and Mouse at Manga Xanadu. Michelle enjoys vol. 1 of Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service at Soliloquy in Blue. Ed Sizemore reads vol. 1 of Alive: The Final Evolution at Comics Worth Reading. Lissa Pattillo checks out Miyuki-Chan in Wonderland at Kuriousity. Oyceter is reading the Chinese translation of vols. 1-3 of Ooku, by Fumi Yoshinaga. Scott VonSchilling calls Maid Machinegun “one of the best light novels available in English right now” at The Anime Almanac. Sesho posts brief reviews of vols. 2 and 3 of Gunslinger Girl. Julie checks out vol. 3 of The Palette of 12 Secret Colors at the Manga Maniac Cafe.