Quick Tuesday update

I didn’t post yesterday about Amazon’s de-ranking of GLBT books (essentially removing them from all search results) because I didn’t see a direct connection to manga, but some folks have been more investigative about it than me. This post at Jezebel sums up what happened and lists some of the affected books, as well as providing links to a variety of stories on the subject. At Okazu, Erica Friedman has a plausible theory as to what happened and some suggestions for a reasonable response. At Kuriousity, Lissa Pattillo affirms that yaoi and yuri manga were affected, and ero-manga publisher Simon Jones points out the danger of depending on single gatekeeper. The good news is that it looks like Amazon has seen the error of their ways and are in the process of restoring the rankings to most of the books in question.

God Len posts this week’s new releases at Japanator.

The Anime Blog has an overview of recent troubles in the manga market. (Via Anime Vice.)

Gia asks, and her readers answer: Do you read manga digitally? Should more manga have been nominated for the Eisner awards?

If you liked Dragon Ball, perhaps you’ll enjoy these… Jason Thompson rounds up some manga with similar appeal at io9. (Via Robot 6.)

Irene Flores posts some recent sketches. So does Rivkah, who has discovered the joys of brush and ink drawing.

News from Japan: Ed Chavez posts the weekly manga rankings from Taiyosha and the doujin rankings from Toranoana at MangaCast. ANN reports that Love*Com creator Aya Nakahara has a new manga in the works, Berry Dynamite, which will run in Shueisha’s Bessatsu Margaret magazine.

Reviews: Ed Sizemore takes a look at Tokyopop’s licensed manga based on TV sci-fi shows Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek at Comics Worth Reading.

Carlo Santos on vol. 26 of Bleach (ANN)
Dave Ferraro on The Color of Earth (Comics-and-More)
Connie on vol. 2 of Fever (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 23 of Hana-Kimi (Slightly Biased Manga)
Sam Kusek on An Ideal World (Manga Recon)
Carlo Santos on vol. 10 of Lovely Complex (ANN)
Casey Brienza on vols. 1-3 of Menkui! (ANN)
Anna on vol. 8 of Nana (spoilers) (2 screenshot limit)
Connie on vol. 1 of Nora: The Last Chronicle of Devildom (Slightly Biased Manga)
Katherine Farmar on vol. 1 of Slam Dunk (Comics Village)
Tiamat’s Disciple on So I need to lose 15 Pounds (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
David Welsh on Suppli (The Comics Reporter)
Diana Dang on V.B. Rose (Stop, Drop, and Read!)
Danielle Leigh on vol. 1 of Wolverine: Prodigal Son (Comics Should Be Good)
Tom Spurgeon on vol. 1 of Yokaiden (The Comics Reporter)
Johanna Draper Carlson on You Will Drown in Love (Comics Worth Reading)
Gizmo on vol. 5 of Zombie Loan (Kuriousity)

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  1. Apparently, the Amazon thing was a hack, caused by an exploit in their user ranking tools.