News and features

This week is the anniversary of the first moon landing, so it seems appropriate that PWCW chose to run my interview with Brian Fies, the creator of Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? Also at PWCW, Kate Fitzsimons talks to Pancha Diaz, the editor of Fumi Yoshinaga’s Ooku, and Ada Price and Erin Finnegan report on all the action at Otakon.

At Manga Recon, Grant Goodman checks in from Otakon as well.

While you’re at it, check out my latest Unbound column for Robot 6: Six things a webcomics fan should do at SDCC.

Japanator lists this week’s new releases. David Welsh looks over the list and is well pleased. Lori Henderson, on the other hand, is having trouble ordering from Previews because Diamond is dropping so many titles.

Japanese Shonen Jump has added two titles, Kagijin and Anedoki, to its lineup of online comics in English. Annoyingly, their comics reader software requires a Windows XP or Vista operating system, so I can’t use it. Does no one in Japan have a Mac?

Pop Culture Zoo interviews Yokaiden creator Nina Matsumoto.

Peter Rowe takes a look at cooking manga at the San Diego Union-Tribune. And LA Weekly jumps off the Twilight bandwagon with a list of other vampire manga and anime worth checking out.

Jonathan Clements updates us on the difficulties of bringing anime and manga into Canada. In case you were wondering why the Christopher Handley case mattered, this started with a very similar case (and the attendant burst of bad and inaccurate publicity).

Noah Berlatsky checks out some cool samurai battle prints at The Hooded Utilitarian.

News from Japan: ANN reports that Kei Kusonoki and Akihito Yoshitomi have new series in the works.

Reviews: Kate Dacey has short takes on Black Bird, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and Ludwig II at The Manga Critic. Danielle Leigh posts brief reviews of new and upcoming shoujo manga at Comics Should Be Good. At Manga Life, Barb Lien-Cooper looks back at the manga of April, 2005. Other reviews of note:

Billy Aguiar on Battlestar Galactica: Echoes of New Caprica (Prospero’s Manga)
Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane on vol. 1 of Black Bird (Manga Life)
David Goodwin on vol. 1 of Blade of the Immortal (Eastern Standard)
Michelle Smith on vols. 27 and 28 of Boys Over Flowers (Soliloquy in Blue)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 1 of Buddha (Kuriousity)
Erica Friedman on Butterfly 69 (Okazu)
David Welsh on Dogs Prelude Vol. 0 (Precocious Curmudgeon)
Connie on vols. 1 and 2 of Fake (Slightly Biased Manga)
Oyceter on vols. 19-22 and 23 of Fruits Basket (Sakura of DOOM)
Connie on vols. 22 and 23 of Fruits Basket (Slightly Biased Manga)
Kris on vol. 1 of Gakuen Prince (Manic About Manga)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 1 of Goong (i heart manga)
Katherine Farmar on vol. 1 of I Shall Never Return (Comics Village)
Connie on vol. 2 of Jyu-Oh-Sei (Slightly Biased Manga)
Dave Ferraro on Kitchen Princess (Comics-and-More)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of Millennium Prime Minister (Comics Worth Reading)
Connie on vol. 3 of Mixed Vegetables (Slightly Biased Manga)
Sesho on vol. 35 of Naruto (Sesho’s Anime and Manga Reviews)
Julie on vol. 2 of NG Life (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 1 of Nightschool (Kuriousity)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Oishinbo a la Carte: Fish, Sushi and Sashimi (Comics Worth Reading)
Michelle Smith on vol. 12 of One Piece (Soliloquy in Blue)
Julie on vols. 3 and 4 of Pearl Pink (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Pixie (Good Comics for Kids)
Connie on vol. 4 of Record of a Fallen Vampire (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on Say Please (Slightly Biased Manga)
Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane on vol. 5 of We Were There (Manga Life)
Ana on vol. 1 of Wicked Lovely Desert Tales (The Book Smugglers)

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