Quick news roundup

The PWCW Dream Team of Kai-Ming Cha, Ed Chavez, and Erin Finnegan recap the manga news from SDCC, and they pick up on a few things I don’t think were noticed elsewhere: Last Gasp has licensed Junko Mizuno’s three-volume series Fancy Gigilo Pelu, and Drawn and Quarterly will be publishing the autobiography of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, creator of The Push Man.

At Kurioiusity, Lissa Pattillo has more news, including the fact that Digital has apparently picked up the BL manga Train*Train by Eiki Eiki.

Vol. 30 of Naruto drops from number 50 to 73 on the USA Today best-seller list, and vol. 20 of Fruits Basket slides from 79 to 132.

At the MangaCast, Ed Chavez delivers an audio con report on Tokyopop at Anime Expo.

David Welsh takes a look at this week’s new comics.

NPR has a nice story on the swarms of librarians at Comic-Con. (Via John Jakala.)

Deb Aoki picks the 11 best manga announced at SDCC at About.com.

Fixing the internet: John Jakala channels Stan Lee to improve the marketing copy for the September Shonen Jump. He also agonizes over which edition of Bat-Manga! to buy.

Reviews: Danielle Leigh gives her take on the first issue of Yen+ at Comic Book Resources. She’ll be reading the second issue, and so will I. David Welsh devotes his Flipped column to vol. 1 of Me and the Devil Blues at The Comics Reporter. At PopCultureShock, Chloe Ferguson reviews vol. 1 of Vassalord (“If the phrase “vampire playboy” doesn’t make you grimace, this is certainly the series for you”) and Ken Haley takes a look at vol. 1 of Tokko. I like Casey, who blogs as Kethylia, because she’s not afraid to criticize a manga that everyone else is raving about. Having made it safe for me to admit that I hated The Push Man, she reviews Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s Good-Bye and proclaims it much better (although still marred by the rearranged panels). Perhaps I’ll give it a try. On a completely different note, Emily finds a fun collection of short manga, Danshi x Joushi, at Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page. Erica Friedman reviews vol. 2 of Yuri Hime Wildrose, which fills an interesting niche in the market, at Okazu.

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  1. Not to be a total nerd, but I just wanted to point out that I blogged the Tatsumi biography being confirmed by D&Q back at BEA 2007, on 6/10/07!

    “Chris also confirmed that they are planning on publishing Tatsumi’s 800 page graphic autobiography, A Drifting Life in Gekiga, and that Adrian Tomine would likely be involved in that book as well. AWESOME! It sounds like they are extremely excited about this epic book, but that it is a few years away.”