IKKI talk, paper upgrade, more from Benjamin

Deb Aoki interviews IKKI editor Hideki Egami at About.com. IKKI is the Japanese manga magazine that is providing fodder for Viz’s Sigikki website. Deb also reports that Tokyopop is upgrading its paper and offering webcasts featuring their editors—the first is today!

Manga artist Yoichi Yokoyama (Travel, New Engineering) will be one of the guests at the opening of the new cultural center in Japantown in San Francisco.

Tokyopop will be publishing Remember, a graphic novel by Chinese artist Benjamin, the creator of Orange.

News from Japan: ANN has the Japanese comics rankings from Oricon and Tohan. Mizuho Kusanagi, creator of Mugen Spiral and NG Life, has started a new manga series.

Reviews: Kate Dacey shows the rest of us how it’s done with her exquisite review of vol. 1 of Children of the Sea at The Manga Critic. Carlo Santos takes you through the good, the bad, and the mediocre in his latest Right Turn Only!! column at ANN. Melinda Beasi, Danielle Leigh, and Michelle Smith discuss vols. 3 and 4 of Nana in the latest installment of The NANA Project at Comics Should Be Good. Wally Xie critiques Viz’s Sigikki offerings at The Eastern Standard.

Jason Yadao on vol. 1 of Amefurashi (Otaku Ohana)
Tiamat’s Disciple on vol. 8 of The Antique Gift Shop (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Carl Kimlinger on vol. 14 of Baby and Me (ANN)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 5 of Black Jack (Comics Worth Reading)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 2 of Bride of the Water God (i heart manga)
Tiamat’s Disciple on vol. 1 of Broken Blade (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Chris Beveridge on vol. 6 of Claymore (Mania.com)
Michelle Smith on vols. 6-8 of Click (Soliloquy in Blue)
Ken Haley on vol. 1 of Dogs: Bullets and Carnage (Manga Recon)
Carlo Santos on vol. 19 of Fullmetal Alchemist (ANN)
asamisgirl on vol. 1 of Future Lovers (The Yaoi Review)
Connie on vol. 9 of I”s (Slightly Biased Manga)
Katherine Farmar on vol. 2 of I Shall Never Return (Comics Village)
Connie on vol. 24 of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (Slightly Biased Manga)
Julie on vol. 9 of The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Emily on LDK (Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page)
Tangognat on vol. 2 of Maid Sama (Tangognat)
Billy Aguiar on vol. 1 of Momogumi Plus Senki (Prospero’s Manga)
Nancy Gail on Oishinbo A La Carte: Fish, Sushi and Sashimi (Blogcritics)
Edward Zacharias on vol. 21 of One Piece (Animanga Nation)
Tiamat’s Disciple on vol. 8 of One Thousand and One Nights (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Connie on vol. 1 of Ooku (Slightly Biased Manga)
Andre on vol. 1 of Sumomomo Momomo (Kuriousity)
Casey Brienza on vol. 7 of Vampire Knight (ANN)
Otaku Surf on the August issue of Yen Plus (Otaku Surf)

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