Good news for those who miss the Overlooked Manga Festival: Shaenon Garrity brought it back for the Fourth of July with a look at American presidents in manga—and there are more than you might think. (Yes, that is the manga Bill Clinton on the left, swiped from Shaenon’s post.)
Free advice for publishers: Christopher Butcher posts a two-part essay (part one, part two) on the state of the manga industry. As always, when Chris has something to say, it’s well worth a read. And Katherine Farmar has more dos and don’ts at Purity Brown.
Erica Friedman rounds up the yuri news of the week at Okazu. Her take on the Kodansha move is of interest to all manga readers, as she analyzes the manga market here and in Japan and explains why selling manga here may not be as easy as it looks. Also: Seven Seas, which announced their yuri series with great fanfare, has now put several of those series on hold.
At Kuriousity, Lissa Pattillo winds up her series on manga publishers with a look at DramaQueen, Go! Comi, Kitty Media, Del Rey, and Aurora.
ComiPress translates an article about the Takehiko Inoue exhibit in Japan.
Mark Crilley shatters the stereotypes in this video, in which he draws 100 different sets of manga eyes.
Japan Expo is on in Paris, and the natives are befuddled. Or at least the reporter is.
Reviews: David Welsh enjoys vol. 1 of Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro at Precocious Curmudgeon. On a completely different note, Greg McElhatton takes a look at vols. 26-27 of Vagabond at Read About Comics. Tangognat checks out two eerily similar Tokyopop series, Love Attack and Short Sunzen. Clive Owen enjoys In Odd We Trust and Faith McAdams mostly enjoys vol. 4 of High School Debut at Animanga Nation. Pauline Wong reviews vol. 1 of B.O.D.Y. for The Star of Malaysia. At Kuriousity, Lissa Pattillo checks out vol. 2 of Nightmare Inspector, vol. 2 of Dark Prince, and vol. 23 of Bleach and guest reviewer Kagami Han’ei reads vol. 4 of Cynical Orange. Tiamat’s Disciple posts “thoughts and impressions” vol. 6 of Angel Diary and vols. 1-8 of DearS. Johanna Draper Carlson reviews two Aurora titles, Love For Dessert and vol. 3 of Flock of Angels at Comics Worth Reading. Chiisuki reads vols. 1 and 2 of Strawberry Panic at eMagi. Erin Jones reviews the Psycho Busters novel and Matthew Alexander makes time for vol. 6 of Junk at Anime on DVD. Nick Smith reviews In Odd We Trust at ICv2. Ferdinand reviews Yonen Buzz: Plastic Chew at Prospero’s Manga.