First of all, there’s a good reason why my header image is missing—Mr. MangaBlog upgraded me from WordPress 2.5 to 2.8 yesterday, and the image didn’t survive the transition. It will be back in a few days, and hopefully some sort of redesign will follow shortly. Hey, all the cool kids are doing it!
In the meantime, here’s what’s going on.
At MangaCast, Ed Chavez provides covers and commentary on the new releases announced at Anime Expo by CMX and Viz. He’s bullish on Tokyopop as well, if the rumored new titles pan out. Gia has some comments on CMX as well and notes that Tokyopop will have a booth at SDCC.
In other AX news, Deb Aoki has more detail on the Viz panel at About.com, Lissa Pattillo rounds up all the news and announcements at Kuriousity, and Julie thinks over her overall experience at the con at Manga Maniac Cafe.
Reviews: At The Comics Reporter, David Welsh looks at three comics bout helping the dead cross over: Rin-ne, Omukae Desu, and The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service. Carlo Santos takes on a stack of recent releases in his latest Right Turn Only!! column at ANN. The Manga Recon team post short takes on a variety of recent releases in their latest Manga Minis feature. And the newlywed Ninjaconsultants, Erin and Noah, discuss 20th Century Boys in their latest podcast.
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 3 of 20th Century Boys (Comics Worth Reading)
Kate Dacey on vol. 1 of Bamboo Blade (The Manga Critic)
Lorena on vol. 6 of Black Jack (i heart manga)
Connie on vol. 1 of Dogs (Slightly Biased Manga)
Casey Brienza on A Drifting Life (ANN)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 1 of Gestalt (Kuriousity)
AstroNerdBoy on vol. 2 of Gunsmith Cats Revised Edition (AstroNerdBoy’s Anime and Manga Blog)
Connie on vol. 28 of Iron Wok Jan (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 8 of I”s (Slightly Biased Manga)
Casey Brienza on vol. 1 of Kimi ni Todoke (ANN)
Anna on vols. 2-5 of King of Cards (2 screenshot limit)
John Thomas on vol. 1 of Negima!? neo (Comics Village)
Julie on New Beginnings (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Melinda Beasi on vol. 3 of Otomen (There it is, Plain as Daylight)
Laura on vol. 1 of Pig Bride (revised review) (Heart of Manga)
Erica Friedman on vol. 4 of Red Garden (Okazu)
Dave Ferraro on vol. 1 of Rosario + Vampire (Comics-and-More)
Scott VonSchilling on Swallowing the Earth (The Anime Almanac)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 5 of We Were There (Comics Worth Reading)