Quick news and reviews

Seven Seas has been doing webcomics since their inception, but now they’re trying a different format: Veteran creators and manga adaptors Nunzio DeFillipis and Christina Weir are writing a new comic, The Ninja Diaries, which will run in the free L.A. paper Metromix Los Angeles, as well as on the Metromix site. I reviewed the first episode and commented on the interface over at Digital Strips.

Udon is also jumping onto the digital bandwagon with a weekly comics digest that will launch in August on Crunchyroll.

Vol. 30 of Naruto slips from number 50 to 45 on the USA Today best-seller list, and vol. 20 of Fruits Basket drops from 63 to 79.

OK, it’s official. Everyone is at San Diego except me. Me, I’m going to stay home and read some manga, as the review copies have been pouring in and it’s almost all good. But lots of folks are already there. Translator Satsuma has some early photos at One Potato Two, and Shizuki from Broccoli is blogging about her experiences. Random House has just started a new comics and sci-fi blog, Suvudu, so naturally they have pix of the Del Rey booth, and Dallas Middaugh even posts some videos. (Found via Blog@Newsarama.)

Lissa Pattillo visits the Halifax comics shop Strange Adventures.

Reviews: At Sleep Is For the Weak, NotHayama reviews Nana (I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t love it unconditionally) and Bad Jew takes a look at Moonlight Mile, both the anime and the manga. and Scott VonSchilling sings the praises of With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child at the Anime Almanac. Michelle Smith enjoys vol. 1 of Silver Diamond at PopCultureShock’s Manga Recon blog. At Comics Worth Reading, Ed Sizemore reviews vol. 1 of Classical Medley and vol. 4 of Mushishi. Tiamat’s Disciple records thoughts and impressions on vols. 1-3 of Record of Lodoss War—The Grey Witch. Julie reads Del Rey’s homegrown shoujo manga, vol. 1 of Kasumi, at the Manga Maniac Cafe. James Fleenor reviews vol. 9 of D.Gray-Man at Anime Sentinel. Sesho’s podcast review of vol. 1 of Sand Chronicles gives that title two thumbs up. Connie reviews vol. 5 of Apothecarius Argentum and vol. 23 of Detective Conan at Slightly Biased Manga.

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  1. “Currently their front page features four manga series that update several times a week, including Aoi House, which runs on the Megatokyo model only with regular updates.”

    That made me giggle.

  2. I’m not in San Diego either.

    From your later posts, you’ve plenty to read, but if not stop by a local shop for the new Yen Plus — it should have hit newsstands yesterday. (I know Yen said the 29th but it’s out; my store got it on Wednesday)

  3. I got my review copy today! I have a review to write, and then I’m going to jump right in.