Quick Monday roundup

A bit of personal news that may affect the site: Burly men are coming to my house today to dismantle my kitchen and bathroom. Yes, I’m getting a new kitchen, plus a new bathroom floor and fixtures (the ugly tiles stay, unfortunately—curse you, 1930’s craftsmen!), so posts may be late or short for the next few days while we adjust to the new way of living and the first wave of work.

Onward! Matt Blind crunches the numbers and comes up with the top 300 series and top 100 volumes of 2008 at ComiPress.

Ed Chavez begins his manga report cards with a look at Aurora and its imprints Deux and LuvLuv.

The Manga Recon team present their picks of this week’s new manga.

Deb Aoki’s latest poll is for the best new edition of classic or reissued manga at About.com.

Matthew J. Brady lets his little brother read his manga and then interviews him about it at Warren Peace Sings the Blues.

Erica Friedman summarizes the yuri news of the past week at Okazu.

Lori Henderson has been reading mystery novels lately, and she has a suggestion for a new global manga for grownups.

Lissa Pattillo learns that CLAMP’s Legal Drug is still alive but still on hiatus and she reports on a fan initiative to get the third volume of Off*Beat published at Kuriousity.

News from Japan: Ed Chavez takes a look at recent developments in his MangaScope column at MangaCast. Kodansha is debuting a new magazine, Good! Afternoon, and they will post the first issue online for free, according to ANN.

Reviews: Johanna Draper Carlson remains unperturbed by the ending of vol. 18 of Monster and recommends vol. 2 of Black Jack at Comics Worth Reading. Greg Hackmann reads vol. 1 of Bogle at Mania.com. Erica Friedman reviews vol. 1 of Gokujou Drops and vol. 4 of Sakura no Kiwa at Okazu. Mangamaniac Julie checks out White Brand at the MangaCast and vol. 6 of Crimson Hero and vol. 6 of Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation at the Manga Maniac Cafe. Lissa Pattillo finds Ruff Love to be disappointing at Kuriousity. Michelle Smith enjoys Red Blinds the Foolish and vol. 1 of Her Majesty’s Dog at Soliloquy in Blue. Ed Chavez is unimpressed with Make More Love and Peace at MangaCast. Tiamat’s Disciple reviews a big stack of manga and manhwa: vol. 4 of Legend, vol. 3 of Goong, vol. 8 of Angel Diary, vol. 6 of Cynical Orange, and vol. 4 of Sundome. Billy Aguiar takes a look at vol. 1 of We Were There at Prospero’s Manga. At Slightly Biased Manga, Connie reads vol. 1 of Future Lovers, vol. 12 of Moon Child, vol. 16 of Skip Beat, vol. 7 of Bastard, and vol. 5 of Parasyte. Tangognat reviews vol. 1 of Togainu No Chi and Crown.

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