Melinda Beasi explains why you should read xxxHoLiC, with words and pretty, pretty pictures.
ICv2 has a three-part interview with Paul Levitz, President and Publisher of DC Comics, much of which need not concern us here. However, he does discuss Flex manga in part three. Conspicuous by its absence is any mention of their manga imprint CMX.
Paul Gravett’s account of the Edinburgh International Book Festival includes ruminations on the various adaptations, manga and otherwise, of Shakespeare.
It’s been a while since we have had one of those stories about a parent going ballistic over a kid finding naughty manga in the library, so here you go. Be sure to watch the video, in which the Fox folks find yet another hidden danger for us to worry about; my favorite part is when the reporter explains earnestly that the book in question, Battle Vixens, “is actually animation.” (I note that another “news” video on the site at the moment is “Flasher Scorched by Bikini Barista.” Keep tracking down those tough stories, Fox guys!)
News from Japan: ANN reports that Futabasha has launched a free webcomic service that runs in its browser, rather than requiring the user to download comics reading software. Also, manga artist Keizo Tsukamoto has been recognized by Guinness for the longest career as an artist at the same magazine; Tsukamoto has been churning out cover art for the Weekly Manga Times since 1970, outlasting six editors-in-chief.
Reviews: Sabrina reviews vol. 1 of Ouran High School Host Club at Comics Village. Connie continues her vacation reading with a look at vol. 7 of Angel Sanctuary at Slightly Biased Manga. Sesho’s latest podcast takes on vol. 1 of Sola. At the Boys Next Door blog: Cynthia posts reviews of vol. 2 of Tea For Two, Sweet Admiration, vol. 10 of Love Mode, and Honeydew Syndrome. Johanna Draper Carlson checks out vols. 6, 7, and 8 of Love*Com and vol. 4 of High School Debut at Comics Worth Reading. Lori Henderson reads vol. 1 of The Mysterians online at the Tokyopop site. Erica Friedman has plenty to say about vols. 4 and 5 of Battle Club, another manga featured in the Fox segment above.