Digital and Vertical reps talk, Last Gasp to publish Maruo manga

David Welsh devotes this week’s Flipped column to a look at the Eisner nominees, and he also takes a look at this week’s new releases. Red Z. Baylon looks over the week’s choices at Japanator as well.

At Anime Vice, Gia talks to Digital’s Michelle Mauk about their pre-order plan. Johanna Draper Carlson weighs in as well at Comics Worth Reading, and Alex Hoffman gives his take at Manga Widget.

Japanator’s Brad Rice talks to Ed Chavez of Vertical about his company’s many facets.

Erica Friedman rounds up the week in yuri and shows off some cool yuri doujinshi and other comics.

Big news! Last Gasp will be publishing Suehiro Maruo’s The Strange Tale of Panorama Island, and Same Hat’s Ryan and Evan will be handling translation, adaptation, and other chores.

Sharp-eyed Lissa Pattillo spots some new titles on

Lori Henderson thinks about some online manga formats that would fill the Shojo Beat-shaped void in her life.

Tangognat has a tip for CMX fans and some thoughts on manga that she just can’t quit.

Here are some summer reading suggestions for kids from Deb Aoki and the Good Comics for Kids team.

AstroNerdBoy isn’t happy with the quality of Tokyopop’s books lately, and he sees it as part of a bigger problem.

New blog alert: Otaku Ohana, by Jason Yadao and Wilma Jandoc, the manga and anime columnists for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Now they can write about all the cool stuff that won’t fit into the newspaper.

And here are a few non-manga articles of mine that appeared in various outlets this week: An interview with Jarrett J. Krosoczka about his Lunch Lady graphic novels, which are due out in July, at Graphic Novel Reporter; a look at comics on iPods (including Yoshitoshi ABe’s Pochiyama) at Robot 6; and an interview with Brian Leung, owner of the kids’ webcomics portal Kidjutsu, at PWCW.

News from Japan: The next episode of Nodame Cantabile will be late due to manga-ka Tomoko Ninomiya’s hospitalization for acute appendicitis. Eyeshield 21 is hanging up its cleats after 7 years and 37 volumes. Gokusen is coming back to You magazine for two episodes. Kimi no Todoke is coming back from hiatus. And ANN lists the top-selling manga in Japan from November 2008 to May 2009, broken out by series and by volume.

Reviews: I wrapped up my look at the Udon Kids manga line with reviews of vol. 1 of Ninja Baseball Kyuma and vol. 1 of Swans in Space at Graphic Novel Reporter. The ladies of Manga Recon are On the Shojo Beat with a roundup of opinions on recent releases.

Casey Brienza on vol. 1 of 13th Boy (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Tiamat’s Disciple on vol. 1 of 13th Boy (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Danielle Leigh on vols. 2 and 3 of 20th Century Boys (Comics Should Be Good)
Sesho on vol. 1 of Animal Academy (Sesho’s Anime and Manga Reviews)
Snow Wildsmith on Awaken Forest (Fujoshi Librarian)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of Ballad of a Shinigami (Comics Worth Reading)
Tiamat’s Disciple on vol. 3 of B.Ichi (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 1 of Black Jack (Kuriousity)
Carlo Santos on vol. 5 of Black Jack (ANN)
Billy Aguiar on vol. 1 of Cat-Eyed Boy (Prospero’s Manga)
Julie on vol. 9 of Crimson Hero (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Casey Brienza on vol. 1 of Detroit Metal City (ANN)
James Fleenor on vol. 1 of Detroit Metal City (Anime Sentinel)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 8 of Emma (Comics Worth Reading)
Casey Brienza on Future Lovers (Graphic Novel Reporter)
John Hogan on Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 3 of Gimmick (Comics Worth Reading)
Tiamat’s Disciple on The History of the West Wing (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Cynthia on Idol Pleasures (Boys Next Door)
Emily on Lapis Lazuli no Oukan (Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page)
Cynthia on Manhattan Love Story (Boys Next Door)
Julie on vol. 13 of Moon Child (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 2 of The Name of the Flower (Comics Worth Reading)
Edward Zacharias on vol. 37 of Naruto (Animanga Nation)
Noah Berlatsky on vol. 1 of Nightmares for Sale (The Hooded Utilitarian)
Melinda Beasi on vol. 3 of Pluto (There it is, Plain as Daylight)
Julie on vol. 10 of Prince of Tennis (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Casey Brienza on vol. 1 of Rasetsu (ANN)
Julie on vol. 26 of Red River (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Casey Brienza on vol. 4 of Silver Diamond (ANN)
Tiamat’s Disciple on vol. 1 of Sumomomo, Momomo (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Lorena on vol. 1 of Swan (i heart manga)

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  1. as much as I am upset at what TP been doing for the past few years, I still want the company to survive. hopefully when they are better off we can all put this behind us.

    Kidjutsu has been poping a lot lately too. I wanted to join but they require print res stuff and I currently dont have anything of that size