We’re celebrating Women’s History Month over at Good Comics for Kids with a look at comics and manga that feature strong women characters, and Kate Dacey and Sabrina Fritz polled all our bloggers to get a list of manga with heroines we love.
The NYT “Graphic Books” best-seller lists are up, and there’s a bit more variety in the manga lineup this week, with Fruits Basket (not Fruit Baskets, NYT copyeditors!), Bleach, Vampire Knight, Rosario + Vampire, and Code Geass joining the obligatory five volumes of Naruto—which, for the first time, each have a different blurb. But the question on Twitter was: Why was Appleseed on the paperback list and not the manga list? Who can fathom the NYT?
Over at Rocket Bomber, Matt Blind posts his list of the top 500 manga in online sales last week.
Melinda Beasi writes about what she likes about manhwa and asks for recommendations for similar titles. Her readers oblige in the comments section.
Otaku Librarian mulls over the problem of helping readers find 16+ manga in a library that interfiles them with other fiction, as opposed to having an adult GN section.
At The Eastern Edge, Gottsu-Iiyan bemoans Urasawa’s poor showing on the manga charts. People, there’s more to life than bishies and ninjas!
Du9 has an interesting summary of the French comics market, and the manga situation looks a lot like here: sales are leveling off and also concentrating, with Naruto and a few others leading the pack and numbers dropping off sharply after that.
I’m not sure what exactly this is a sign of, but there are a lot of manga bargains lately: Tokyopop titles for 99 cents each on Bookcloseouts.com (thanks, Lori!) and almost the entire Aurora line for four bucks a volume if you buy direct from the publisher. Deb Aoki has the details on the Aurora deal and Johanna Draper Carlson has some thoughts on the implications. Snow Wildsmith has some recommendations as well as shipping info. And Kris at Manic About Manga heard from a company rep that things are looking rocky for the small publisher.
Meanwhile, Roland Kelts thinks American anime and manga fans aren’t spending much on their hobby, although as his chief source for that seems to be Stu Levy, one might ask whether the fault lies in the fans or in other factors.
At Japanator, Dick McVengeance explains how he manages his manga and anime budget.
News from Japan: At MangaCast, Ed Chavez posts the weekly manga rankings from Taiyosha.
Reviews: At The Anime Almanac, Scott VonSchilling posts a rare positive review of vol. 1 of Tantric Stripfighter Trina. EvilOmar posts some brief reviews at About Heroes. Melinda Beasi looks at a classic by Moto Hagio, They Were Eleven, in her Tokidoki Daylight column at Comics Should Be Good. Johanna Draper Carlson finds Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (Yokohama Shopping Trip) to be a good followup to Aria at Comics Worth Reading.
Julie on vol. 10 of After School Nightmare (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Billy Aguiar on vols. 1-3 of Ai Yori Aoshi (Prospero’s Manga)
Tangognat on Battlestar Galactica: Echoes of New Caprica and Star Trek Ultimate Edition (Tangognat)
Danielle Leigh on vols. 1 and 2 of Crown (Comics Should Be Good!)
Charles Tan on vol. 2 of The Drifting Classroom (Comics Village)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of Gankutsuou (Comics Worth Reading)
Julie Rosato on vol. 3 of Hero Heel (Mania.com)
Snow Wildsmith on vol. 1 of Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit (ICv2)
Erica Friedman on vol. 1 of Junsui Adolescence (Okazu)
Sakura Eries on vol. 3 of Mixed Vegetables (Mania.com)
Connie on vol. 1 of Narration of Love (Slightly Biased Manga)
Tiamat’s Disciple on vol. 1 of Oninagi (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
David Welsh on vol. 2 of Papillon (Precocious Curmudgeon)
Connie on vol. 17 of Saint Seiya (Slightly Biased Manga)
Deb Aoki on vol. 1 of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei (About.com)
Tiamat’s Disciple on vol. 2 of Suzunari (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Snow Wildsmith on Sweet Regard (Fujoshi Librarian)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 3 of Very! Very! Sweet (Kuriousity)
Emily on Wild Beat (Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page)
Eva Volin on vol. 1 of Wolverine: Prodigal Son (ICv2)
Sadie Mattox on Yen + magazine (Extremely Graphic)
Alex Hoffman on vol. 1 of Yokaiden (Comics Village)