Tatsumi is coming to town; Akihabara hosts artists

Yoshihiro Tatsumi, creator of The Push Man, Abandon the Dead in Tokyo, and, most recently, A Drifting Life, will be making appearances in New York and Toronto in late April/early May. Deb Aoki has all the details. Also, The Onion’s AV Club gives A Drifting Life a glowing review. (Image swiped from a preview of A Drifting Life that ran in last month’s issue of the online magazine Words Without Borders.)

News from Japan: Yuki Nakaji, creator of Venus in Love, will start a new manga in the next issue of Hakusensha’s LaLa magazine. And Blood+ artist Asuka Katsura is launching not one but two new manga. At Japanator, God Len reports on an artist’s cafe with a twist: It’s set up for would-be doujinshi artists, and it’s in Akihabara.

Reviews: Michelle Smith reviews the light novel that sparked a revolution, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, at Manga Recon. Johanna Draper Carlson reviews three Aurora manga from their LuvLuv line at Comics Worth Reading; check this out if you’re thinking of taking advantage of their sale. Over at Manga Recon, the team compiles their short takes into another Manga Minis column. Other reviews of note:

Shaun A. Noordin on vol. 1 of 07-Ghost (The Star of Malaysia)
Marsha Reid on vol. 8 of Angel Diary (Kuriousity)
Connie on vol. 27 of Basara (Slightly Biased Manga)
Sheena McNeil on vol. 5 of Black Lagoon (Sequential Tart)
Cynthia on CUT (Boys Next Door)
Sheena McNeil on vol. 4 of Dragonball (VizBig edition) (Sequential Tart)
Sesho on vols. 6 and 7 of Eden (Sesho’s Anime and Manga Reviews)
Charles Solomon on vols. 1-6 of Gimmick! (The Los Angeles Times)
Connie on vol. 1 of Jyu-Oh-Sei (Slightly Biased Manga)
Michelle Smith on vol. 4 of Monkey High! (soliloquy in blue)
Matthew J. Brady on vol. 17 of Monster (Warren Peace Sings the Blues)
Erica Friedman on vol. 3 of My-Hime (Okazu)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of The Name of the Flower (Comics Worth Reading)
Sheena McNeil on vol. 1 of Nephylym (Sequential Tart)
Deb Aoki on vol. 1 of Ninja Baseball Kyuma (About.com)
Marissa Sammy on Oishinbo: Sake (Sequential Tart)
Sheena McNeil on vol. 1 of Otomen (Sequential Tart)
Patti Martinson on vol. 1 of Peacemaker Kurogane (Sequential Tart)
Sheldon I. Wiebe on vols. 1 and 2 of Pluto (Eclipse Magazine)
Julie on vol. 5 of The Prince of Tennis (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Julie on Pure Heart (MangaCast)
Lori Henderson on vol. 22 of Red River (Comics Village)
Kris on Spell (Manic About Manga)
Cynthia on The Way to Heaven (Boys Next Door)
Sesho on vol. 4 of xxxHolic (Sesho’s Anime and Manga Reviews)
Michelle Smith on vol. 13 of xxxHolic (soliloquy in blue)
Connie on vol. 16 of Yakitate!! Japan (Slightly Biased Manga)
Sheena McNeil on vol. 17 of Yakitate!! Japan (Sequential Tart)
D.M. Evans on vol. 4 of Zombie-Loan (Manga Jouhou)

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