When all the changes were going on at Tokyopop, word leaked out that Peach Fuzz creator Lindsay Cibos was drawing Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, which was always drawn as well as written by Tania del Rio. Johanna Draper Carlson follows up with an interview with Tania, who says that she was just taking a break from the art duties and reveals that she is working on a two-volume series about quinceañeras for Tokyopop. (Image is one of del Rio’s Sabrina covers, presumably (c) Archie Comics, as she says in the interview that Sabrina is work-for-hire.)
It seems like everyone but John Jakala (and me) go to interview Tite Kubo at SDCC, so John takes matters into his own hands and imagines an interview, as well as a happy aftermath.
Sesho finds a new Boogiepop novel at Borders.
Before the reviews, an interesting note: I like Casey Brienza’s reviews a lot—she is smart and perceptive and puts the books she reviews in their proper context. At her LJ, she tends to be a hard grader; she ranks titles on a 1-to-10 scale and I’m always surprised at how many get a 6 or less. The reviews she writes for ANN are just as smart and just as critical, but she notes on her LJ that she has had to inflate the grades there so the bell curve centers on a B. She says her opinions haven’t changed, just the way they are “coded,” but it’s a point to ponder. One of the problems of using a scale or letter grades is that everyone has a different center, and if you’re not familiar with that particular writer, the grade may not be that helpful. I avoid ratings myself because I think most manga will have different values for different readers, depending on their tastes and interests. Anyway, check out Casey’s recent reviews of vols. 1-2 of Sand Chronicles and vol. 28 of Naruto, three books she seemed to like anyway, to get a taste of her reviewing style.
Reviews: Birthday girl Lissa Pattillo reads vol. 1 of Black God and vol. 9 of Love Mode, and invites guest reviewer Kagami Han’ei in to review vol. 4 of Hissing, at Kuriousity. Drop in and wish her a happy birthday! Deb Aoki weighs in on Yen+ at About.com and invites readers to vote for their favorite series. At PopCultureShock, Chloe Ferguson reviews vol. 1 of You’re So Cool, which she finds entertaining despite the fact that it breaks no new ground, and Isaac Hale reads Tokyo Is My Garden. Sabrina reviews vols. 1-3 of Switch and Dan Polley checks out vol. 3 of Shiki Tsukai at Comics Village. EvilOmar has more brief manga reviews up at About Heroes. Connie checks out vol. 2 of Manga Sutra, vol. 7 of Elemental Gelade, and vol. 19 of Berserk at Slightly Biased Manga. Oyceter reads a little manhua, vols. 1-2 of Knight Princess, at Sakura of DOOM. Julie checks out vol. 9 of Kagetora, vol. 5 of My Heavenly Hockey Club, and vol. 1 of Sugar Princess: Skating to Win at the Manga Maniac Cafe. Jason Green reads vol. 1 of One Pound Gospel at PLAYBACK:stl. At Read About Comics, Greg McElhatton enjoys vol. 1 of Toto, a book I liked a lot as well. At Manga Life, Barb Lien-Cooper picks up Zondervan’s Manga Bible and is surprised at how much she likes it. Also up at Manga Life: Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane on vol. 12 of Tail of the Moon and vol. 3 of Honey and Clover, and Park Cooper on vols. 1-3 of Psycho Busters. Erica Friedman posts part 1 of her review of vol. 5 of Yuri Hime S at Okazu. New at Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page: Aishiteiru no yo Kyohei-san!, Silver, and Yasuko to Kenji. Tangognat reads One Pound Gospel and vol. 1 of Kiichi and the Magic Books. Leroy Douresseaux checks out vol. 2 of Gimmick! at The Comic Book Bin. Sakura Kiss reviews vol. 1 of Mister Mistress at The Yaoi Review. James Fleenor looks at vol. 1 of Wild Ones and vol. 1 of Time Stranger Kyoko at Anime Sentinel. Billy Aguiar is back from his SDCC break and posts reviews of vol. 1 of Warcraft: Legends, vol. 1 of 1520, vol. 1 of Jade of Bango, and Vidia and the Fairy Crown at Prospero’s Manga. And I’m finally catching up with Sesho, who has posted podcast reviews of Rose Hip Rose, vol. 1 of xxxHolic, and Yen+ (part 1, part 2), as well as some closing thoughts on Yen+.