Expressive eyes

Sorry that things have been a bit irregular of late—I’m on vacation, visiting family outside of Chicago, so I’m out of my regular routine and in a slightly different time zone. Also a power failure this morning slowed things down a bit more. If you’re curious about what I’m reading this week, check out this week’s What Are You Reading feature at Robot 6, and watch out for some reviews in the near future.

Lori Henderson provides a handy digest of the week’s manga news at Manga Xanadu, and she also analyzes Viz’s Previews offerings. 46 volumes! Yikes!

Over at Same Hat!, Ryan breaks the news that Drawn and Quarterly will be publishing Oji Suzuki’s Red Kimono, and he celebrates with some samples of the art.

Erica Friedman sums up the week’s yuri news and reminds aspiring artists that there is one week left in the YNN logo contest.

Hmmm…. Here’s an interesting summary of some research on the different facial features in manga and Western comics. It boils down to an interesting cultural difference, that Asian cultures tend to look to the eyes for emotional expression, whereas Western cultures look at the mouth. Maybe, although the big-eyes generalization is pretty faulty. What caught my eye, though, was a point about emoticons:\

Western emoticons primarily use the mouth to convey emotional states, e.g. : ) for happy and : ( for sad, she noted, whereas Eastern emoticons use the eyes, e.g. ^.^ for happy and ;_; for sad.

I never really thought about that before. (Via Fleen.)

Deb Aoki covers the opening of the Viz-sponsored New People Center in San Francisco.

News from Japan: After four years off, You Higuri is resuming work on Cantarella, her deliciously BL-ish story of the Borgias. Katsura Hoshino is also back to work, having moved D.Gray-Man over to Jump SQ after a hiatus. Also, Comiket is going on and Canned Dogs brings us all the news from days 1, 2, and 3.

Reviews: The Manga Recon team files a flurry of short reviews in their Manga Minis and On the Shojo Beat columns.

Snow Wildsmith on Anima (Fujoshi Librarian)
Tangognat on vol. 1 of Bloody Kiss (Tangognat)
asamisgirl on vol. 3 of Breath (The Yaoi Review)
Lissa Pattillo on Days of Cool Idols (Kuriousity)
Connie on vol. 29 of Detective Conan (Slightly Biased Manga)
Michelle Smith on vol. 7 of Fairy Tail (Soliloquy in Blue)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 3 of Fullmetal Alchemist (i heart manga)
Tangognat on vol. 1 of Game X Rush (Tangognat)
Carlo Santos on vols. 4 and 5 of Gantz (ANN)
Ed Sizemore on vol. 5 of Hell Girl (Comics Worth Reading)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 1 of I”s (Kuriousity)
Colette Bennett on Kimi ni Todoke (Japanator)
Laura on vol. 1 of Kimi ni Todoke (Heart of Manga)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 2 of Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (i heart manga)
Johanna Draper Carlson on The Manga Guide to Databases (Comics Worth Reading)
Snow Wildsmith on Meeting You (Manga Johou)
Julie on vol. 1 of Momogumi Plus Senki (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Justin Colussy-Estes on vol. 1 of Nodame Cantabile (Comics Village)
Holly Ellingwood on vol. 1 of Ooku: The Inner Chambers (Active Anime)
Greg McElhatton on vol. 1 of Ooku: The Inner Chambers (Read About Comics)
Nick Popio on vol. 1 of Otomen (Girlamatic)
Julie on vol. 6 of Sand Chronicles (Manga Maniac Cafe)
asamisgirl on Sense & Sexuality (The Yaoi Review)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 8 of Skip Beat (i heart manga)
Connie on vol. 1 of Tegami Bachi (Slightly Biased Manga)
asamisgirl on U Don’t Know Me (The Yaoi Review)
Tiamat’s Disciple on vols. 1-3 of Vampire Hunter D (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 1 of With the Light (Kuriousity)
Melinda Beasi on vols. 1 and 2 of Ze (There it is, Plain as Daylight)
Billy Aguiar on vol. 1 of Zone-00 (Prospero’s Manga)

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  1. I never realized that with the emoticons, well i’m not a bit emoticon user (though it would definitely clear out a lot of things I ‘ve posted in the pass)