Quick midweek roundup

Good news for Rumiko Takahashi fans: She’s working on a new series, which will debut later this year in Shonen Sunday.

Words Without Borders, which styles itself as “The Online Magazine for International Literature,” is devoting this month’s issue to graphic novels, and there are some treats here for manga fans, including a story from vol. 4 of Black Jack and a sample from Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s A Drifting Life. And Vertical, Inc. editorial director Ioannis Mentzas is blogging there as well; check out his first post on translated fiction.

Posters at the MangaHelpers board speculate about which new licenses will be announced at NYCC.

Deb Aoki’s readers weigh in on the best yaoi manga of 2008 at About.com.

Matt Blind wonders: Where’s that new Kodansha manga publisher we were all hearing about last year?

Two new reviewers join the Manga Recon team: Grant Goodman, formerly of ANN, and Connie C., the moving force behind Slightly Biased Manga.

Jack Hsu of the Taiwan News takes a look at the evolution of Taiwan’s otaku culture. (Via Robot 6.)

Reviews: Danielle Leigh jots down her thoughts on three fantasy manga, vols. 1-3 of Berserk, vol. 5 of Gakuen Alice, and vol. 1 of Momo Tama, in her reading diary at Comics Should Be Good. Also, Michelle Smith of Manga Recon and Soliloquy in Blue fame has joined CSBG and debuts with a thoughtful review of The Quest for the Missing Girl. And at ANN, Carlo Santos treats us to another Right Turn Only!! column, which is always fun to read whether he likes the books or not. Other reviews of note:

Kris on Almost Crying (Manic About Manga)
Grant Goodman on vol. 1 of Berserk (Manga Recon)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 7 of Chocolat (Kuriousity)
Connie on vol. 20 of Fruits Basket (Slightly Biased Manga)
Charles Tan on vol. 3 of Gantz (Comics Village)
Casey Brienza on vol. 1 of Ghost Talker’s Daydream (kethylia)
Kris on Lover’s Flat (Manic About Manga)
Connie on vol. 15 of Nana (Slightly Biased Manga)
Jason on vol. 1 of Night of the Beasts (Anime Fans Online)
Julie on vol. 2 of Papillon (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Snow Wildsmith on Take Me to Heaven (Fujoshi Librarian)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 19 of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle (Kuriousity)

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  1. Oh! I can’t wait to see Rumiko’s new work! I was actually wondering about if she was going to write a new series after Inuyasha awhile back. Never knew she would come back so soon…

  2. Thanks for the link to WWB!! I loved that magazine and its articles.