Updates, wrapups, and scanlations

It has been a busy week, manga-wise, but Lori Henderson has a great roundup of all the latest news at Manga Xanadu, while David Welsh looks over the most promising of the new manga announcements at Precocious Curmudgeon.

I linked to Tiamat’s Disciple’s post justifying scanlations yesterday, and I’m linking to it again for two reasons: There’s quite the lively discussion going on in the comments section, and Simon Jones has addressed the issue quite admirably from the publisher’s point of view at the Icarus Blog (possibly NSFW; wouldn’t fly in my office). Read the comments there as well.

Deb Aoki picks out the 30 most memorable moments of SDCC from a manga-lovers point of view.

Matt Blind posts the top 500 manga (online sales) at Rocket Bomber, and the New York Times has their much smaller best-seller list up as well.

News from Japan: The new Kingdom Hearts manga has begun in Shounen Gangan, but Gia points out that the U.S. won’t get the game until September. At Same Hat! Same Hat!, Ryan presents a look at chapter 2 of Suehiro Maruo’s Imomushi (in Japanese).

Reviews: The Manga Recon team posts another set of Manga Minis for your enjoyment, and Michelle Smith takes a look at a manga-related book, Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater. Elsewhere:

Melinda Beasi on vol. 1 of Amefurashi: The Rain Goddess (Manga Recon)
Scott VonSchilling on vol. 1 of The Battle of Genryu: Origin (The Anime Almanac)
Dave Ferraro on vol. 1 of Black Bird (Comics-and-More)
Kate Dacey on vols. 1-3 of Dororo (The Manga Critic)
John Mitchell on A Drifting Life (the johnandjanaverse)
Erica Friedman on vol. 2 of Gokujou Drops (Okazu)
Connie on vol. 7 of Honey and Clover (Slightly Biased Manga)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 6 of Land of the Blindfolded (i heart manga)
Connie on vol. 1 of Papillon (Slightly Biased Manga)
Julie on vol. 1 of Pluto (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Connie on vol. 1 of Record of a Fallen Vampire (Slightly Biased Manga)
Johanna Draper Carson on Swallowing the Earth (Comics Worth Reading)
Laura on vol. 1 of To Terra (Heart of Manga)
Melinda Beasi on Unsophisticated and Rude (There it is, Plain as Daylight)

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