Cover controversy, new blog finds, and other choice tidbits

David Welsh picks the best of this week’s new releases at Precocious Curmudgeon. A new volume of Emma makes the week seem brighter already.

Matt Blind posts the top 250 volumes and top 100 series for February at ComiPress.

Yamila Abraham discusses a cover that caused some controversy, and the reasoning behind it, at the Yaoi Press blog.

Translating is always tricky, but translating a book based on a game has challenges of its own, as Alethea and Athena Nibley explain at Manga Life.

Here are two new blogs that are well worth checking out: Reading Manga, short reviews and some perceptive comments about classic manga, and Yen Plus Info, a Yen Plus fansite, run by one Garrett Albright, that is still fairly new but includes brief reviews of new issues and other tidbits of Yen news.

A murderer in Taiwan blames Battle Angel Alita for his evil deeds.

News from Japan: Rumiko Takahashi will team up with Mitsuri Adachi to create a one-shot manga, My Sweet Sunday, for the 50th anniversary issue of Weekly Shonen Sunday. Comic Yell, which launched in 2007 as a shoujo magazine for boys, is folding. Yellow Tanabe, the creator of Kekkaishi, is starting a new manga series in the first issue of Monthly Shonen Sunday.

Reviews: Tom Crippen weighs on in Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou in part three of the roundtable at The Hooded Utilitarian. At Comics Worth Reading, Johanna Draper Carlson checks out an unusual manga, Anywhere But Here, and Ed Sizemore reviews vols. 2 and 3 of Ral Grad. Gia does a video review of vol. 1 of Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei at Anime Vice. Other reviews of note:

Katherine Farmar on Crushing Love (Comics Village)
Lissa Pattillo on Dash (Kuriousity)
Barb Lien-Cooper on vol. 2 of Gantz (Manga Life)
Tiamat’s Disciple on vol. 1 of An Ideal World (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Michelle Smith on vol. 2 of Monkey High! (soliloquy in blue)
Park Cooper on vols. 34-40 of Naruto (Manga Life)
Julie on vol. 3 of Nora: The Last Chronicle of Devildom (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Park Cooper on Oishinbo: A La Carte (Manga Life)
Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane on vol. 9 of S.A. (Manga Life)
Emily on Sensei wa Ore no Mono (Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page)
Tiamat’s Disciple on vol. 4 of With the Light (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)

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  1. Yen Press Info doesn’t appear to have comments. Interaction is one of the things that keeps me returning to sites and blogs. A friend of mine was going on about the lack of evidence with the murder article.

  2. Sweet, thanks for the link to Yen Plus Info. I was wondering why I saw a spike of traffic around the 11th and 12th…

    Jura: Thanks for the feedback with regards to comments. I have considered adding a forum to the site, but I’m kinda reluctant to do so if it turns out nobody’s going to show up – it’s not like the internet is lacking in places to discuss comics. Maybe I’ll see you there?


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