Check out this week’s PWCW, where I talk to Kurt Hassler of Yen Press about that company’s recent 4-koma binge, and I also interview Charlie “Spike” Trotman about her webcomic Templar, Arizona. It’s not manga, but very cool anyway. Also very interesting is Laura Hudson’s look at the digital comics landscape. I got an iPod Touch this weekend—they threw it in for free with the MacBook we bought for our daughter—so I’ll finally be checking out that particular corner of the digital world, if I can ever figure out how to make the comics download properly. (On the left is the cover of S.S. Astro, the 4-koma title that reminded me the most of Azumanga Daioh.)
David Welsh looks at this week’s new releases at Precocious Curmudgeon.
Manga scholar and translator Matt Thorn has a shiny new blog, and he uses it to announce that he will translate Est Em’s Red Blinds the Foolish, available soon from Deux. I really enjoyed the art in Est Em’s first book, Seduce Me After the Show, so this should be a treat.
Jake Forbes gives us a sneak peek at the cover of vol. 3 of Return to Labyrinth at Gobbln.net.
News from Japan: Shueisha will publish manga adaptations of the Akikan! light novels in Ultra Jump.
Reviews: Carlo Santos starts us off right with a fresh batch of reviews in his latest Right Turn Only!! column. Also at ANN, Casey Brienza is unimpressed by vol. 1 of Soul Rescue. Over at ComicMix, Andrew Wheeler finds three racy manga: Futari H: Manga Sutra, Pretty Poison, and a MangaBlog favorite, vol. 1 of Yakuza in Love. Deb Aoki takes a look at a really different title, vol. 1 of Me and the Devil Blues, at About.com. Lissa Pattillo reviews Love Lesson, a collection of yaoi shorts, at Kuriousity. Julie reads vol. 2 of Kiss All the Boys at the Manga Maniac Cafe. Johanna Draper Carlson reviews vol. 3 of Honey and Clover and vol. 1 of Kasumi at Comics Worth Reading. Connie posts a stack of reviews at Slightly Biased Manga: vols. 36 and 37 of Dragon Ball, vols. 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of Angel Sanctuary, vol. 14 of Iron Wok Jan, vol. 3 of Fairy Tail, and vol. 5 of MPD-Psycho. Whew! Dan Polley reviews vol. 7 of Gacha Gacha: The Next Revolution at Comics Village. LJ’er Oyceter has some thoughts on vols. 3-6 of Gunslinger Girl at Sakura of DOOM. Kethylia takes a peek at the September issue of the Japanse BL magazine Reijin. Emily checks out Masaka to Omou Kedo at Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page. In the yuri realm, Erica Friedman posts part 2 of her review of vol. 13 of Yuri Hime. Tangognat reads vol. 1 of Bogle.