Tokyo Zombie, Billy Bat, and Manga Claus

The latest Comic Foundry is out, with the usual fanfare (parties, etc.), and there are many excellent reasons to check it out, not the least of which is the cover story “Why manga is totally f#%ked,” by my PWCW colleague Kai-Ming Cha. (I haven’t read it yet but expect some opinions when I do.) I’m in there too, in the fine print in the back, with reviews of Disappearance Diary and vol. 1 of Black Jack.

Danielle Leigh looks on the bright side with a list of ten manga and anime things that make her happy in her Manga Before Flowers column at Comics Should be Good.

Japanator lists this week’s new releases.

What does the future hold? Lissa Pattillo posts a cease-and-desist list that Tokyopop sent to scanlators a while ago. Tokyopop subsequently licensed many of the titles on the list, which leaves the possibility that some of the others may turn up here as well.

John Thomas talks to Tokyo Zombie editors Ryan Sands and Colin Turner at Mecha Mecha Media.

ICv2 has the September comics sales numbers from the direct market, including their chart of the top 100 graphic novels.

Matt Blind continues his analysis of summer online manga sales with a second look at publishers’ market shares and a closer look at sales of novels that are linked to manga, non-fiction titles, and Shakespeare manga.

Christmas is just around the corner, and Lori Henderson has a suggestion…

Naoki Urasawa’s new manga, Billy Bat, seems to be breaking new ground.

Reviews: David Welsh reviews the latest Fanfare/Ponent Mon offering, The Quest for the Missing Girl, at The Comics Reporter. Isaac Hale reviews vol. 1 of Black Lagoon, Chloe Ferguson reads Tonoharu, and the gang pitches in with some Manga Minis at Manga Recon. Theron Martin checks out vol. 10 of Chibi Vampire at ANN. Salimbol posts a really detailed review of vols. 29-30 of Boys Over Flowers at The Chocolate Mud Wyvern Presents. Sabrina checks out three Shojo Beat titles and Charles Tan looks at vol. 21 of Eyeshield 21 at Comics Village. Connie reads vol. 1 of Time Stranger Kyoko, vol. 1 of Fate/Stay Night, vol. 1 of Barefoot Gen, vol. 3 of Takumi-kun: Takes Out of Season, and vol. 6 of Monster at Slightly Biased Manga. Alex Hoffman reviews vol. 2 of Rosario + Vampire at Manga Widget. Deb Aoki looks at the pros and cons of vol. 1 of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya at Ferdinand is not too impressed with vol. 1 of Blank Slate at Prospero’s Manga. Julie enjoys Future Lovers at the Manga Maniac Cafe. Guest reviewer Gizmo takes a look at vol. 1 of Shoulder-A-Coffin-Kuro at Kuriousity. Tiamat’s Disciple reviews vols. 4 and 5 of Le Chevalier d’Eon.

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  1. Darn. I was secretly hoping that “Billy Bat” was somehow a reference to Billy Batson and it would be some sort of beautiful manga version of “Shazam.” Then I could check that off my list of things to see before I die.