At Rocket Bomber, Matt Blind takes a look at 2008 online manga sales with charts of the top releases of the year, the sales numbers for Naruto, a publishers’ scorecard, nonfiction sales, and a look at manga-related novels.
ANN reports that after being pulled because a panel showing a character reading a verse from the Koran proved offensive to some readers, part 3 of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is back in a revised edition.
Erica Friedman catches up on the week’s yuri news at Okazu.
Jonathan posts the German publisher Carlsen’s top sellers for 2008 at Manly Manga and More.
News from Japan: Ed Chavez has the weekly manga rankings from Taiyosha at MangaCast. Good news for Junko Mizuno fans: Now you can buy Junko Mizuno condoms, each featuring a cute character with a distinct personality. (Hat tip: Simon from Condomunity, a blog about condoms—yes, it is a big internet.) ANN has lots of comings and goings for us: The magazine Pianissimo is folding; the webcomic Hetalia Axis Powers will go to print in Comic Birz; a new Tomo Matsumoto manga, Bozu Love, is launching in LaLa magazine; and five series from the ill-fated Magazine Z will continue in other Kodansha magazines.
Reviews: Two of my favorite manga reviewers go meta: Ed Sizemore reflects on what he has learned after a year of reviewing manga at Comics Worth Reading, and Erica Friedman discusses objectivity (or, more accurately, the lack thereof) in reviews at Okazu. Both posts are great reading for reviewers, would-be reviewers, and readers of reviewers, which I think covers just about everybody. I somehow missed this when it went up, but Ed reviewed vol. 1 of 20th Century Boys last week. Erica also recently posted her take on the yuri light novel vol. 2 of Wild Bouquet. Over at The Comics Reporter, David Welsh sings the praises of Parasyte. At Manga Recon, Erin Finnegan reads vols. 1 and 32 (but not 2-31) of Boys Over Flowers, the best-selling shoujo manga of all time (in Japan), and the staff pitches in on some Manga Minis as well as The Blade of the Courtesans and vol. 1 of Faust. Justin Colussy-Estes gives Kiriko Nananan’s Blue a perfect 10 but Alex Hoffman is less sold on vol. 1 of Air Gear at Comics Village. Julie reads vol. 1 of Otomen at the Manga Maniac Cafe. Michelle Smith posts her thoughs on vols. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 of Her Majesty’s Dog at Soliloquy in Blue but saves vols. 10 and 11 for Manga Recon. (Yes, I did link that twice.) Lissa Pattillo reads vol. 4 of Legend at Kuriousity. Emily clues us in on Binkan Ryouiki and Hatsukoi Shinan at Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page. Greg McElhatton reviews Solanin at Read About Comics. Ed Chavez’s latest podcast is his take on vol. 2 of Venus Versus Virus at MangaCast. Connie reads vol. 6 of Human Club and vol. 1 of Basara at Slightly Biased Manga. Diana Dang checks out Heaven’s Will at Stop, Drop, and Read! Be prepared for spoilers if you read Oyceter’s review of vols. 8 and 9 of Saiyuki Reload at Sakura of DOOM. Casey Brienza has lots to say about vol. 1 of Black Jack at her kethylia LJ. Tangognat reviews vols. 1 and 2 of Happy Hustle High.