Thanks to Kris at Manic About Manga for pointing out that Netcomics has begun serializing est em’s manga Age Called Blue. The first chapter is free, and each chapter subsequent chapter is just a quarter, making this a pretty good deal. Netcomics has also started carrying other Aurora and Deux titles, including their first josei manga, Walkin’ Butterfly.
David Welsh talks Takahashi with Viz senior editorial director Elizabeth Kawasaki, who doesn’t give too much away but does provide some details about the plan to publish Rumiko Takahashi’s new manga Rin-ne online in English the same week each installment comes out in print in Japan, including the news that episodes will be up for a limited time only.
Translators Alethea and Athena Nibley discuss translating material you don’t really like in this week’s column at Manga Life.
The Independent has an interesting article on cell phone manga and novels in Japan. (Via Anime Vice.)
News from Japan: Good news for Azumanga Daioh fans: Creator Kyoko Azuma will be doing three new chapters for the book’s anniversary edition; they will run in Monthly Shonen Sunday in May and June as well. And the Pani Poni gag manga is coming to an end.
Reviews: Graphic Novel Reporter has just updated, and my latest review there is not manga, but it’s cute: Benny and Penny: The Big No-No! Casey Brienza has a couple of reviews up there as well: vol. 1 of Momo Tama, vols. 1 and 2 of Higurashi When They Cry, and vol. 1 of Honey Hunt. And Courtney Kraft weighs in on Wolverine: Prodigal Son. At The Hooded Utilitarian, Noah Berlatsky jumps in with part three of the roundtable on Kyoko Okazaki’s Helter Skelter. At ANN, Theron Martin reviews the light novel vol. 1 of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
Greg McElhatton on vol. 1 of 20th Century Boys (Read About Comics)
Billy Aguiar on vol. 1 of BakeGyamon (Prospero’s Manga)
Julie on vol. 13 of Chibi-Vampire (Manga Maniac Cafe)
hahapages on Chocolate Surprise (Fujoshi Librarian)
Michelle Smith on vol. 3 of Click (soliloquy in blue)
Anne Ishii on A Drifting Life (Publishers Weekly)
Emily on Kinkyori Renai (Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page)
Greg Hackmann on vol. 8 of Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (Mania.com)
Kris on vol. 3 of Kyo Kara MAOH! (Manic About Manga)
Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane on vol. 12 of Love*Com (Manga Life)
Scott Campbell on vol. 3 of Nora: The Last Chronicle of Devildom (Active Anime)
Holly Ellingwood on vol. 31 of Oh My Goddess! (Active Anime)
Michelle Smith on vol. 5 of One Piece (soliloquy in blue)
Joy Kim on vol. 1 of Oninagi (Manga Life)
Holly Ellingwood on vol. 1 of Orange Planet (Active Anime)
Xavier Guilbert on Pluto (in English!) (du9)
Lori Henderson on vol. 6 of SA (Comics Village)
Danielle Leigh on vol. 1 of Samurai 7 (Comics Should Be Good)
Matthew J. Brady on the latest issue of Shojo Beat (Warren Peace Sings the Blues)
Tangognat on You Will Drown in Love (Tangognat)