Tween manga, scanlation woes, bilingual Anno book

Over at my other blog, Good Comics For Kids, children’s librarian (and Eisner judge) Eva Volin wishes there was more manga for tweens—and explains why that’s different from manga for teens (of which there is plenty). (Image is of The Palette of 12 Secret Colors, which seems to be quite popular among the bubblegum set.)

I haven’t watched the whole thing, so I can’t wholeheartedly endorse it, but this documentary, Manga Mad Tokyo, has some interesting visuals. (Via Comics Worth Reading and Gia.)

Ed Chavez points to an interesting oddity at MangaCast: Moyoco Anno’s newest book, a collection of her newspaper strips presented simultaneously in Japanese and English.

Tangognat wonders whether libraries will subscribe to Yen+.

Tiamat’s Disciple reports on increased cease-and-desist activity against scanlation sites.

The BeBeautiful website has been MIA for some time, but observant Lissa Pattillo notices that it is now “temporarily closed for a redesign of the site,” and that a con presence is planned. Could BB be rising from its lengthy torpor? Color me skeptical, as I was at NYCC ’07, when the O’Donnells announced that all their books would be back on schedule.

Lori Henderson has come up with the perfect job: Manga consultant. Now if only someone were hiring…

The panel schedule for NYAF is up. (Via Gia.)

Manly Manga and More lists the German manga releases for September.

News from Japan: The manga Sukashikashipanman ~Manzara Demo Nai Daibōken~ will launch in the next issue of Dengeki Daioh, according to ANN. At Japanator, Dick McVengeance looks forward to Kyon-ko Sai, a very specialized doujinshi festival. (Image of Sukashikashipanman at right swiped from ANN.)

Reviews: They’re piling up at ANN, where Carl Kimlinger reads vol. 1 of Toto and Carlo Santos takes on vol. 8 of Hayate the Combat Butler and vol. 6 of Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation. Greg McElhatton has plenty of praise for vol. 1 of Real. Sabrina reviews fan favorite vol. 1 of Sgt. Frog at Comics Village. Connie reads vol. 2 of Dororo at Slightly Biased Manga. Jason Van Horn checks out vol. 5 of Love Hina at The Hachiko. Emily looks at two untranslated titles, Kimi wa Sakamichi no Tochuu de and Onegai Sensei, at Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page. Michelle reviews vol. 7 of Love*Com and vols. 4 and 5 of 7SEEDS at Soliloquy in Blue. Johanna Draper Carlson recommends With the Light at Comics Worth Reading. New reviews up at Manga Life: Ysabet Reinhard MacFarlane on vol. 2 of Haruka – Beyond the Stream of Time and vol. 22 of Red River, Joy Kim on vol. 4 of Mushishi, and Barb Lien-Cooper on vols. 6-18 of Hunter x Hunter. Lissa Pattillo reads vol. 1 of Skip Beat at Kuriousity. Julie gets a few chuckles from Happiness Recommended at the Manga Maniac Cafe. Tiamat’s Disciple reviews vol. 1 of TOKKO: Devil’s Awaken and vol. 1 of Rosario + Vampire. Erica Friedman reads vol. 1 of Kaprekar. Ferdinand reads vol. 1 of Faust and vol. 1 of Speed Grapher at Prospero’s Manga. Sandra Scholes reviews vol. 1 of Zombie Powder and Holly Ellingwood checks out vol. 2 of Fairy Cube at Active Anime.

Did you enjoy this article? Consider supporting us.


  1. Ed Sizemore says:

    Brigid, looks like NYAF has the entire events schedule posted. It so nice to have a con that is able to have everything finalize a month in advance. Can’t wait. I’m getting my Vampire Hunter D geek on.

  2. Brigid, are you going to NYAF this year?

  3. I’m hoping to, Scott, and having the schedule available in advance will certainly make my planning easier. What about you?

  4. Yup, I will definitely be there all day on Friday and Saturday. I might be off-site on Sunday working on a fun anime-related story, but I’m hoping to be able to get back to catch Yen Press and the two “state of the industry” panels that day.

    I hope I get to see you there. I can finally smile and say, “Hi!” to you instead of just wondering, “who is that woman and why do I always see her at these cons?” ;-)