Rob’s Comic Weblog, a new blog that focuses on “Comics Structuralism, Visual Theory, Visual Culture, and Funnybooks,” has an interesting post on what has gone wrong in the manga business, including comments on individual companies and the OEL debate.
Ed Chavez notes that a new issue of the magazine Faust is out in Japan, and it includes an episode of Megatokyo.
Lori Henderson has to make some hard choices as she goes through the July Previews.
Danielle Leigh wishes Tokyopop were more open with fans about which series are on and which are off.
Erica Friedman posts this week in yuri at Okazu.
Otakon was this weekend, and it was well covered on the internet. Gia learned that ADV is doing a little better, although they can’t talk manga just yet, and she attended the Yaoi Press panel, which had one new announcement (a BL title set in ancient Rome by Le Peruggine) and suggestions about what to submit. (Gia has lots of anime coverage as well.)
Dylan and Harley Acres and Sara Hinson of Rumic World have a comprehensive article on the Rumiko Takahashi exhibit in the Ginza, including an account by a visitor.
Blogger Shiz answers questions about Broccoli Books at the Broccoli blog. It looks like a couple of their books are delayed for various reasons, and vols. 10 and 11 of Kamui are on hold.
Death Note creators Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata have started a new series, Bakuman, in Weekly Jump, and Anna reads the first chapter at Manga, not anime!
Reviews: Danielle Leigh takes a look at four series at Manga Over Flowers, and there’s something for everyone: Reborn!, Do Whatever You Want, Suppli, and Mushishi. Someone blogging as Malcontent Content really enjoys Mitsukazu Mihara’s The Embalmer, which I just named in an interview as one of the best manga you may not have read. The Manga Recon team posts a week’s worth of Manga Minis at PopCultureShock. Mangamaniac Julie reviews Candy at the MangaCast and vol. 31 of Boys Over Flowers at the Manga Maniac Cafe. Lori Henderson reviews vol. 5 of Good Witch of the West and vol. 5 of Grenadier at Manga Xanadu. Sesho checks out vol. 2 of Rose Hip Zero. I’m falling behind on reviews at Manga Jouhou, so here’s the latest batch: D.M. Evans on vol. 1 of Fairy Tail and vol. 1 of Gun Blaze West and Lissa Pattillo on Red and A Strange and Mystifying Story. Leroy Douresseaux takes a look at the Fifth Anniversary Collector’s Edition of Shonen Jump. At ComicMix, Andrew Wheeler takes a look at three titles from Yen, vol. 2 of Kaze no Hana, vol. 3 of Alice on Deadlines, and vol. 4 of Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning. Lissa Pattillo reviews vol 8 of +Anima and vol. 15 of Black Cat at Kuriousity. David Welsh enjoys Tezuka’s Dororo. Tiamat’s Disciple posts his impressions of vols. 1 and 2 of Record of Lodoss War: The Lady of Pharis. Michelle Smith reviews vols. 7 and 8 of Nana. Johanna Draper Carlson recommends vol. 1 of Papillon.