In this week’s PWCW, Calvin, Kai-Ming, and I talked to the folks at Broccoli and some other manga movers and shakers about the Broccoli shutdown and what it says about the industry as a whole. And Kai-Ming still found time to talk to Erik Ko about Udon’s new kids’ manga line.
Blaine Harden of the Washington Post interviews Makoto Yoshitani, who chronicles Japanese office life his manga Otaryman.
At ANN, Tina Anderson joins Casey, Bamboo, and Sara for a roundtable discussion of global BL and gay comics.
Yaoi Generation is getting ready to release its first title, vol. 1 of breath, on December 16, and they will start accepting pre-orders at their online store on Friday, November 28, with a special discount on their first day.
Lori Henderson is looking forward to some upcoming releases from Viz.
Erica Friedman posts this week’s yuri news at Okazu.
Erin posts audio of the Otaku USA panel from NYAF at the Ninjaconsultant site.
Susie, who retouches sound effects in manga, takes exception to a negative review of her work. If you’re wondering why she’s upset, take a look at this earlier post in which she explains how she changed a single sound effect in Gantz.
Danielle Leigh posts her true confessions, anime and manga style, at Manga Before Flowers.
Deb Aoki gets in the Twilight mood by counting down her top 18 vampire manga series. 18!!
Global edu-manga publisher eigoMANGA is putting their content up on Crunchyroll.
Reviews: David Welsh reviews my favorite new graphic novel, vol. 1 of Yokaiden, at Precocious Curmudgeon. Ferdinand is less impressed at Prospero’s Manga. Manga Recon’s Michelle Smith and Kate Dacey present short takes on several shoujo series that don’t shy away from cliches in the latest edition of Manga Minis. Justin Colussy-Estes reviews vol. 3 of Mushishi at Comics Village. Dave Ferraro is glad he picked up vol. 1 of Slam Dunk at Comics-and-More. New at Active Anime: Scott Campbell on vol. 6 of My Heavenly Hockey Club, vol. 6 of Mushishi, and vol. 5 of Parasyte, and Davey C. Jones on vol. 4 of Hell Girl. Michelle Smith enjoys vol. 9 of Maison Ikkoku and a Japanese title, vol. 1 of Cat Street, at Soliloquy in Blue. Johanna Draper Carlson reads vol. 14 of Yakitate!! Japan at Comics Worth Reading. Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane reviews Gaba Kawa and vol. 1 of We Were There at Manga Life. Lissa Pattillo checks out vol. 3 of Legend and Romantic Illusions at Kuriousity. Greg Hackmann isn’t too impressed with Goth and vol. 3 of Gimmick! at Mania.com. (I’m not too impressed with Mania.com, which swallowed up the eminently readable Anime on DVD site and smothered their excellent manga reviews in tiny white-on-dark type, blinking ads, and a whole bunch of crap that I don’t care about. There is still some solid writing there, but you really have to search to find it. /rant.) Erica Friedman posts her take on the Flamboyant artbook, vol. 1 of Akatsuki-iro no Senpuku Majyo, and vol. 1 of Your and My Secret at Okazu. Emily reads HR de Tsukamaete at Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page. Tangognat reviews vol. 1 of Jyu-Oh-Sei. At Anime Sentinel, James Fleenor rejects the shojo label on vol. 1 of Blank Slate on the grounds that it has plenty of slammin’ shonen action. Cyn posts new reviews of Dark Walker and Barefoot Waltz at Boys Next Door. Sesho checks out vol. 4 of Gon and posts an audio review of vol. 1 of Inukami! Oyceter has pithy reviews, some with spoilers, of vol. 1 of Kitchen Princess and vols. 12-13 of Claymore.