Great graphic novels for teens—and everyone else

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced their 2009 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list as well as their top ten. Naturally, both lists feature quite a few manga. For those keeping score at home, David Welsh breaks it out by publisher.

Also noted: The Manga Cookbook and Japan Ai: A Tall Girl’s Adventures in Japan both made it onto the 2009 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list.

I totally missed this when it was posted a few days ago, but Matt Blind has broken out all of manga into a simple pie chart for your convenience. Read and enjoy!

David Welsh looks at this week’s new releases at Precocious Curmudgeon.

Gia Manry talks to Nick Mamatas, the editor of Viz’s Haikasoru line of sci-fi novels. And yes, Chloe, you were right about the name!

The Eastern Edge translates part 2 of a Japanese interview with Naoki Urasawa.

Alethea and Athena Nibley continue their discussion of ritualistic Japanese expressions at Manga Life.

Attention artists: Udon Entertainment is holding a tribute art contest for DarkStalkers. (Via Deb Aoki.)

News from Japan: At Same Hat! Same Hat!, Ryan posts two covers by Kazuo Umezu as well as aerial footage of the manga-ka’s newly legal red-and-white-striped house. ANN has the Japanese comic rankings for the week of Jan. 20-26. Kazune Kawahara (High School Debut) and Aiji Yamakawa (Chocolate Underground) have teamed up for a new manga that will debut in the May issue of Deluxe Margaret. The March issue of that magazine will feature a Love*Com spinoff by Aya Nakahara. A manga adaptation of the Tears to Tiara RPG is in the works. And the Basquash Robot sports anime will get the manga treatment starting in the March issue of Shonen Ace.

Reviews: Lori Henderson reviews vols. 1 and 2 of Sugar Princess: Skating to Win at Good Comics for Kids. Lianne Sentar explains about Japanese games for girls that form the basis of vol. 1 of Togainu no Chi at Sleep Is For the Weak. Tangognat checks out vol. 1 of Otomen. Erica Friedman enjoys another unlicensed yuri title, vol. 4 of Magie Paire, at Okazu. Charles Tan reviews vol. 3 of Real and Katherine Farmar squees over vol. 1 of Junjo Romantica at Comics Village. Connie reads vol. 9 of Hoshin Engi and vol. 2 of We Were There at Slightly Biased Manga. Julie checks out vol. 4 of Venus in Love at the Manga Maniac Cafe. Lissa Pattillo reviews vol. 8 of Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service at Kuriousity.

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