Happy Halloween! If you’re just now getting into the spirit of the season, Lori Henderson lists some Halloween-friendly manga at Manga Xanadu.
The DramaQueen folks clarify the timing of their first new release in a while, vol. 1 of Tyrant Falls in Love: It’s coming out this November, not next September. They will be publishing a heap of yaoi titles first, possibly getting RUSH back into action in December, and then working on their manhwa titles (which are excellent and don’t attract enough attention, IMHO). If registration is required for that link, go to Kuriousity, where Lissa Pattillo has the full scoop.
At Comics Worth Reading, Johanna Draper Carlson talks to Kat and Mouse creator Alex de Campi about her book and the situation at Tokyopop. Also: The upcoming issues of Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat will include video game coverage, and Johanna applauds them for covering video games for girls.
MangaNEXT is this weekend. I went to the first MangaNEXT—it was my first con—and had a great time. Unfortunately, election time is my busy season so I won’t be able to make it this year, but the Ninja Consultants will be there, and lots of other great folks besides, so check it out if you can take the time off.
On the other coast, if you’re heading to APE this weekend, be sure to stop by the Bang Gang table and pick up a copy of Electric Ant, the new zine by the guys who brought you Same Hat! Same Hat! And they whet our appetite with an excerpt from their interview with manga maven Frederick Schodt.
Words fail me: A Japanese man has gathered over 1,000 signatures on a petition to allow marriage between humans and comic characters. It seems to me that this would also force the government to allow polygamy (or, more likely, polyandry).
Reviews: Get Backers and Papillon are fodder for the Manga Pulse podcast. Noah Berlatsky is not too impressed with vols. 1-2 of The Guin Saga Manga: The Seven Magi at Hooded Utilitarian. Leroy Douresseaux reads a seasonal pick, I Luv Halloween: Ultimate Twisted Edition, at The Comic Book Bin. Michelle Smith reads vol. 8 of Ghost Hunt at Soliloquy in Blue. New reviews at Manga Life: Joy Kim on vol. 5 of Venus in Love, Ysabet Rienhardt MacFarlane on vol. 9 of Crimson Hero, and David Rasmussen on vol. 6 of the Inu Yasha Ani-Manga. At Okazu, Erica Friedman gives her take on vol. 1 of Octave and vol. 1 of Hayate Cross Blade. Julie reads vol. 6 of My Heavenly Hockey Club at the Manga Maniac Cafe. At Kuriousity, Lissa Pattillo takes a look at vol. 2 of Kieli and vol. 7 of Ghost Hunt.