News from near and far

The news from San Diego is that Dark Horse will be publishing Devil, by Torajirou Kishi; also, they are showing off art from the CLAMP Okimono Kimono fashion book at their booth. Lori Henderson visited a lot of the manga booths but noted CMX’s near-total absence from the DC area. Lissa Pattillo checked out the offerings at several publishers’ booths but didn’t get into the manga panels. Gia moderated the Best and Worst Manga panel, and she reports out on the results at Anime Vice.

Kate Dacey, who participated in our roundtable on girls’ comics fandoms, contributes a few more thoughts at The Manga Critic. And at Heart of Manga, Laura talks about the difficulties of being a grownup who reads manga.

Michael Bitz writes about an after-school program in which students made manga.

Mystic Sheep Studios kicks of a series on women in comics with an appreciation of Amy Kim Kibuishi. (Via When Fangirls Attack.)

Reviews: At Comics Worth Reading, Johanna Draper Carlson reviews the first chapters on Viz’s Sigikki site. David Welsh does the same for the Shonen Sunday selections at Precocious Curmudgeon. Sesho devotes two podcasts (part 1, part 2) to Shonen Sunday. Sadie Mattox’s review of vol. 1 of 07-Ghost turns into a critique of shonen manga in general, which makes for interesting reading. Other reviews of note:

Lissa Pattillo on vol. 1 of Fairy Tail (Kuriousity)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 2 of Fullmetal Alchemist (i heart manga)
Julie on Millennium Prime Minister (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Billy Aguiar on vol. 1 of Rasetsu (Prospero’s Manga)
Sam Kusek on vol. 9 of Strawberry 100% (Manga Recon)
Emily on Sukitte lina yo. (Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 2 of Swan (i heart manga)
Tangognat on vol. 2 of Tsubasa: Those with Wings and vol. 3 of Phantom Dream (Tangognat)
Shojo Flash on vol. 1 of V.B. Rose (Shojo Flash)
Erica Friedman on vol. 4 of Your and My Secret (Okazu)

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  1. Of the 61 titles mentioned in the Best and Worst manga of 2008-2009 only one from Dark Horse?

    Nine manga are on a list of “Best Seinen” and not one is Dark Horse? How could Berserk, Blade of the Immortal, Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service AND MPD Psycho ALL not be on what appears to be an open-ended list? A little ponderous to me…

  2. Regarding the CMX booth, supposedly they had manga samplers available, but I didn’t see them at the booth. I only picked one up because I was at the panel on Sunday (which was not well attended, sadly).

    However, many titles that they talked about during the panel had previews in the sampler and they looked pretty good. It’s given me quite a few books to hunt down!


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