First mangettes sighting and other news

Lissa Pattillo links to the first sighting of one of CLAMP’s mangettes (mini-manga) on; for those who have forgotten (the project was announced in July 2007), Dark Horse will be publishing the short manga simultaneously in Japan, Korea, and North America later this year.

The villagers take a look at this week’s new releases at Comics Village.

Wizard has shuttered Anime Insider, and The Otaku Librarian, for one, will miss it.

Kai-Ming Cha spoke about manga biographies to an academic audience this week and found them not particularly receptive.

The New York Times manga best-seller list is up, and this week’s WTF? title is Tsubasa: Those With Wings, by Fruits Basket creator Natsuki Takaya. Vol. 22 of Fruits Basket tops the list, followed by the usual string of Naruto volumes, vol. 6 of Vampire Knight, and one of Tokyopop’s Warcraft manga. Gia and her commenters weigh in at Anime Vice.

Matt Blind posts his best-seller list, the top 500 manga (online sales), at Rocket Bomber. Tsubasa: Those With Wings checks in at number 295.

At The Eastern Edge, Gottsu-Iiyan takes on the appropriation of Japanese terms and the quality of anime.

John Jakala has sage advice for these trying times: Beat-up comics read just as well as mint-condition ones, and at a fraction of the cost.

News from Japan: At Anime Vice, Gia reports that four Japanese publishers will be teaming up to re-release the classic Cyborg 009 in a new format. ANN brings the news that the July issue of Deluxe Margaret will feature spinoffs of two series, Matsuri Special (by Boys Over Flowers creator Yoko Kamio) and High School Debut. The Slayers Light Magic manga is coming to an end.

Reviews: Ed Sizemore takes a look at Udon’s four new kids’ manga at Comics Worth Reading. At Blog@Newsarama, J. Caleb Mozzocco has an early review of Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s A Drifting Life.

Lissa Pattillo on vol. 3 of Aventura (Kuriousity)
Sadie Mattox on Bride of the Water God (Extremely Graphic)
James Fleenor on vols. 12 and 13 of Claymore (Anime Sentinel)
Erica Friedman on vol. 1 of Click (Okazu)
Amanda on vol. 1 of Fushigi Yugi (VizBig edition) (Blogcritics)
Nadia Oxford on Kids Draw Big Book of Everything Manga (
Julie on vol. 4 of Kurohime (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Leroy Douresseaux on Love/Knot (The Comic Book Bin)
Grant, the Hipster Dad on vol. 5 of Lupin III (The Hipster Dad’s Bookshelf)
Deb Aoki on vol. 1 of Maid Sama! (
Matthew J. Brady on vol. 16 of Monster (Warren Peace Sings the Blues)
The Otaku Librarian on vols. 1 and 2 of Papillon (The Otaku Librarian)
Charles Tan on vol. 2 of Pluto (Comics Village)
Julie on vol. 4 of The Prince of Tennis (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Matthew Alexander on vol. 3 of Real (
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of St. Lunatic High School (Manga Xanadu)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 1 of Samurai 7 (The Comic Book Bin)
Marsha Reid on vol. 2 of Sunshine Sketch (Kuriousity)
James Fleenor on vol. 1 of Tantric Stripfighter Trina (Anime Sentinel)
Emily on Tonari no Kaibutsukun (Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page)
Leroy Douresseaux on Utahime the Songstress (The Comic Book Bin)
Melinda Beasi on vol. 13 of xxxHolic (Comics Should Be Good)
Erica Friedman on vol. 3 of Your and My Secret (Okazu)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 1 of ZE (The Comic Book Bin)

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  1. I wasn’t aware Adventura volume 3 was out. Awesome.