Monday quick links

Rod McKie takes a hard-boiled look at Billy Bat. It’s funny and he throws in lots of scans.

At Comics212, Christopher Butcher wonders what it means that Yen Press was folded into sci-fi imprint Orbit but notes that the Haruhi manga and Yen+ are selling well in his store.

Erica Friedman rounds up the week in yuri at Okazu.

John Thomas goes all out and comes up with 13 horror manga for Halloween at Mecha Mecha Media. And Lissa Pattillo has more spooky suggestions at Kuriousity.

Bill Randall is blogging at The Hooded Utilitarian now, and he’s already looking forward to Top Shelf’s English edition of the alternative manga anthology AX—and considering which manga should be included.

Tokyo Damage Report interviews the translators of Yokai Attack (via Same Hat).

Reviews: Joe McCulloch starts out our week with a lengthy review of Solanin at Jog – The Blog, and Christopher Butcher begs to differ at Comics212. Katherine Dacey reviews the deluxe hardcover edition of vol. 1 of Black Jack at Manga Recon. Kate also points us to Comic Book Club’s video reviews of Papillon and Genshiken. At Completely Futile, Adam Stephanides’ initial enthusiasm about Usumaru Furuya’s art book Flowers is dampened by the book itself, which is not what he expected. Johanna Draper Carlson reads Quest for the Missing Girl and posts short reviews of some new Del Rey manga at Comics Worth Reading. At ComicMix, Andrew Wheeler posts his take on three recent volume 2s: Kieli, Croquis Pop, and Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro. Lissa Pattillo reviews vol. 5 of The Antique Gift Shop and vol. 3 of Dark Prince at Kuriousity. Clive Owen looks at vol. 2 of Gun Blaze West at Animanga Nation. Lori Henderson reviews vol. 4 of Yumekui Kenbun: Nightmare Inspector at Comics Village. Julie gives her take on Passionate Theory at MangaCast and vol. 9 of Beauty Pop and vol. 3 of The Yagyu Ninja Scrolls: Revenge of the Hori Clan at the Manga Maniac Cafe. D.M. Evans checks out vol. 3 of Zombie Loan and Snow Wildsmith reads A Love Song for the Miserable at Manga Jouhou. Greg McElhatton reviews Disappearance Diary at Read About Comics. Tangognat wasn’t bowled over by vol. 1 of Shinobi Life but she’s curious enough to want to read more. Erica Friedman reads something a little different, Bijine! Beat Punk Generation, at Okazu. Michelle Smith checks in with reviews of vols. 2, 3, 4, and 5 of Ghost Hunt at Soliloquy in Blue.

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