Highly recommended: Jason Thompson has a thoughtful take on moe in his latest comiXology column.
What’s Tokyopop up to these days? Johanna Draper Carlson summarizes a recent webinar for bloggers, which I also particpated in but didn’t have time to write up. There were few tidbits, including a look at the upcoming CSI: Interns manga and the news that VB Rose will resume regular updates in November.
David Welsh polls his readers on what Japanese shoujo manga magazines would be good fodder for a U.S. anthology, and he puts in his most recent license request, this one drawn from the nominees for the Prix Asie.
Yaoi Press publisher Yamila Abraham files her con report on Anime Expo. It sounds like she had a great time, although I’d love to know more about the “shoplifter boobytraps.”
Meanwhile, Deb Aoki posts an AX photo gallery at About.com.
Sesho notes that his local Borders has moved the manga to the kids’ section and is not pleased. I went to Borders last weekend myself and noticed that our manga section had also been moved and is now next to the teen section. I don’t necessarly think that’s a bad thing, though, as most of the people who buy manga in Borders are teenagers. Adults are more likely to get their manga online or in a comics store, options that aren’t as available to younger teens with no credit card and no car. As for soccer moms fainting at the sight of MPD-Psycho—um, I’m a soccer mom and it doesn’t bother me. Of course, I’m an unusually cool soccer mom, but most of the other moms I talk to understand that there are different types of entertainment for adults and kids, and when I show them the age ratings and point out that most mature manga is shrink-wrapped, they get it right away. Also, the images in manga aren’t much worse than what the kids are reading in other books and watching on TV anyway—my kids love Bones and NCIS, which have their share of grisly scenes.
Readers of the Heart of Manga blog have chosen their favorite manga of the month—and it’s a tie!
News from Japan: Shogakukan is planning to release a special anthology, Shonen Sunday 1983, which will collect nine titles that ran in Shonen Sunday that year.
Reviews: It’s not manga, but check out my review of the webcomic Family Man if you like historical drama with a supernatural touch (or just hot guys in frilly shirts). Shojo Flash takes a look at Tokyopop’s shojo sampler, which they are giving out free with the last volume of Fruits Basket.
Tangognat on vols. 1-5 of Beauty is the Beast (Tangognat)
Diana Dang on vol. 1 of Black Bird (Stop, Drop, and Read!)
Connie on vol. 11 of Crimson Hero (Slightly Biased Manga)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of A Distant Neighborhood (Comics Worth Reading)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 9 of Emma (Comics Worth Reading)
Emily on Koi Nanka Hajimaranai (Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page)
Kinukitty on Lovers and Souls (The Hooded Utilitarian)
Dan Polley on vol. 1 of Maid War Chronicle (Comics Village)
Melinda Beasi on vol. 2 of Moon Child (There it is, Plain as Daylight)
Connie on vol. 12 of Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation (Slightly BIased Manga)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 1 of Sarasah (Kuriousity)
Brad Rice on Sayonara, Mr. Fatty (Japanator)
Kate Dacey on Swallowing the Earth (The Manga Critic)
Lorena on vol. 2 of With the Light (i heart manga)
Connie on vol. 1 of You’re So Cool (Slightly Biased Manga)