Quote of the week: “You may not have won an Eisner, but you’re publishing the books that Viz Editors are buying.” (Told to publisher Stephen Robson at the Fanfare booth.)—Kai-Ming Cha
Jason Yadao explains the whole Galaxy Angel thing at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. I have often thought someone should do this, because I found the books rather confusing.
Johanna Draper Carlson comments on the ongoing discussion of rape as a story device in yaoi manga.
Bear with Matt Blind a bit this week, because although his post on why some manga sell well is kind of wordy, he makes some interesting points. We all know about the Cartoon Network effect, but frequent releases isn’t as obvious a factor. Also up at Rocket Bomber: The week’s top 500 manga (online sales) and some thoughts on diversifying into new media.
The Star of Malaysia profiles Kathryn Chong, who at 18 is a second-place winner in the Morning International Manga Competition.
According to this survey, the completed manga series that Japanese respondents were least likely to know the conclusion of is Dr. Slump. This is an interesting list, as a lot of the series mentioned are long and probably encompass more than one story arc, so the end of the overall series isn’t that important anyway.
Erica Friedman has a short post of this week’s yuri news up at Okazu.
News from Germany: Blogger Invaeon has word of three new German licenses at Manly Manga and More.
Reviews: Kethylia critiques a Fanfare title, Jiro Taniguchi’s The Ice Wanderer, and makes some interesting cultural observations. She also reads the yaoi novel Sweet Admiration, just for fun. At Read About Comics, Greg McElhatton finds vol. 1 of Me and the Devil Blues to be surprising, sometimes quite well done, but in the end not that memorable. Tiamat’s Disciple checks in with a detailed look at the new Yen Press anthology, issue 1 of Yen+, and also posts his thoughts on vol. 2 of Kaze no Hana, vol. 4 of Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning, and vol. 1 of Suzunari! Tom Baker reviews Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need at The Star of Malaysia. Salimbol reports on vols. 25-26 of Boys Over Flowers at The Chocolate Mud Wyvern Presents. Sesho gives vol. 1 of Eden: It’s an Endless World an A+ in his lates podcast. At Slightly Biased Manga, Connie reads vol. 34 of Dragon Ball, Galaxy Girl, Panda Boy, vol. 11 of Moon Child, vol. 3 of Oyayubihime Infinity, and vol. 2 of Two Flowers for the Dragon. Erica Friedman reviews the light novel vol. 2 of Strawberry Panic at Okazu. Michelle checks out vols. 1 and 2 of Tears of a Lamb at Soliloquy in Blue. Rachel Bentham reads vol. 1 of Dark Prince, Scott Campbell checks out vol. 18 of Zatch Bell, and Holly Ellingwood enjoys vol. 2 of Aventura at Active Anime. At Mania.com—I think this used to be Anime on DVD—Natalie Oxford reviews Death Note: How to Read. Lissa Pattillo checks out vol. 2 of Invisible Boy and vol. 1 of You’re So Cool at Kuriousity.