OT, but hopefully interesting: I’m writing a webcomics column, Unbound, at Robot 6. This week, I outline what I learned from reading 120 Zuda comics a year.
Over at Publishers Weekly Comics Week, Calvin Reid and Heidi MacDonald report on the comics/graphic novel presence at Book Expo America.
At Graphic Novel Reporter, John Hogan talks to Udon’s Jim Zubkavich about the new Udon line of manga for kids.
Sadie Mattox lists five shoujo heroines she would like to slap in the face.
Athena and Alethea Nibley discuss the personal touches different translators bring to their work at Manga Life.
Vertical marketing director and all-round manga fanatic Ed Chavez is hosting another Vertical Vednesday today, June 3, at 6:30 at Kinokuniya, 1073 Avenue of the Americas. Join him for snacks and a discussion of josei manga and the Guin Saga. If you can make it, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over at Heart of Manga, Laura writes about that staple of shoujo manga, summer festivals.
Shojo Flash asks: Do you read manga magazines? Check out the poll and the questions that follow.
ANN reports that Loveless creator Yun Kouga will be a guest of honor at Anime Expo.
New blog alert! i ♥ manga is a brand-new review blog by a writer named Lorena who is particularly fond of shoujo and josei romantic comedies, mysteries, and episodic stories. She’s shooting to do a review a day, so stop by often. And she’s also a brand-new blogger at MangaCast, where she just filed her first review, a look at vol. 2 of Gankutsuou.
Reviews: Kate Dacey declares this to be Chika Shiomi Appreciation Week at The Manga Critic and kicks things off with a look at vols. 1-5 of Yurara. Greg McElhatton takes a look at chapters 1-5 of Rin-Ne at Read About Comics.
Joy Kim on vol. 1 of 13th Boy (Manga Life)
Connie on vol. 2 of Astral Project (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 6 of Black Lagoon (Slightly Biased Manga)
Julie on vol. 2 of Bride of the Water God (Manga Maniac Cafe)
John Hogan on Cirque du Freak (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Connie on vol. 1 of Detroit Metal City (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 5 of Fairy Tail (Slightly Biased Manga)
Emily on Fly High (Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page)
Connie on vol. 2 of Happy Happy Clover (Slightly Biased Manga)
Erica Friedman on vol. 3 of Hayate x Blade (Okazu)
Tiamat’s Disciple on vol. 1 of Jack Frost: The Amityville (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 4 of Mixed Vegetables (The Comic Book Bin)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 1 of Monkey High (Kuriousity)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 11 of Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation (The Comic Book Bin)
Anna on vol. 1 of Nabari no Ou (2 Screenshot Limit)
Tiamat’s Disciple on vol. 1 of Nabari no Ou (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Oyceter on vols. 18-20 of Nana (Japanese edition) (Sakura of DOOM)
J. Caleb Mozzocco on vol. 1 of Ninja Baseball Kyuma (Every Day Is Like Wednesday)
David Rasmussen on vol. 3 of Pluto (Manga Life)
Ed Sizemore on vol. 3 of Pluto (Comics Worth Reading)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 4 of Ral Ω Grad (The Comic Book Bin)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 7 of Rosario+Vampire (The Comic Book Bin)
Danielle Leigh on vol. 2 of Shinobi Life (Comics Should Be Good)
Lori Henderson on Tail of the Moon Prequel: The Other Hanzo(u) (Comics Village)
Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane on vol. 4 of We Were There (Manga Life)
Katherine Farmar on vol. 3 of Yakuza In Love (Comics Village)