ICv2 has Diamond’s top 300 graphic novels for November chart.
David Welsh looks back at Five Memorable Moments in Manga for 2008 in his latest Flipped column. Back at Precocious Curmudgeon, he puts in the good word for Suppli, a josei manga that may be in jeopardy.
I predict this will be a memorable moment of 2009: First Second, which is known for their high-quality graphic novels, will be publishing their first manhwa, The Color of Earth.
ANN updates its list of new manga expected in 2009.
At Okazu, Erica Friedman rounds up the week in yuri, provides a sneak peek at Yuri Monogatari 6, and launches her consulting service specializing in Microniche Marketing, that is, getting the word out to a niche within a niche.
John Thomas writes about end-of-the-year traditions and offers some gift ideas at Mecha Mecha Media. Also getting into the holiday spirit are Lori Henderson, who is counting down the Twelve Manga of Christmas at Manga Xanadu, and Ed Chavez, who is looking at Japanese Christmas manga covers at MangaCast.
Jonathan lists the German manga releases for December at Manly Manga and More.
News from Japan: ANN lists the top-selling manga in Japan last week (part one, part two) and notes a couple of new manga launches: Mirai Nikki: Paradox, by Sakai Esuno, in Kadokawa Shoten’s Ace Assault, and Asuka@Mirai-Kei, by Kazuhiko Shinamoto, in Shogakukan’s Monthly Sunday GX. Sensual Phrase creator Mayu Shinjo will relaunch Ayakashi no Koi Emaki in the Jan. 5 issue of Margaret.
Reviews: Here’s a new find: Stop, Drop, and Read, where teenager Diana Dang posts brief reviews of what she’s been reading lately, including vol. 1 of Koi Cupid and Japan Ai: A Tall Girl’s Adventure in Japan. At Comics Village, Katherine Farmar reads one of my favorites, vol. 1 of ES: Eternal Sabbath. Michelle Smith is unimpressed by vol. 25 of Bleach but looks more favorably on vol. 13 of Monster and vol. 2 of Cat Street at Soliloquy in Blue. Mangamaniac Julie reviews Today’s Ulterior Motives at MangaCast and Object of Desire and vol. 2 of Blank Slate at the Manga Maniac Cafe. At Okazu, Erica Friedman continues her look at vol. 14 of Yuri Hime and also checks out vol. 2 of Girl Friends. Greg McElhatton reviews vol. 1 of Yokaiden at Read About Comics.