I wrote about the Vermonia manga series for PWCW this week, and at Robot 6 I took a look at the finalists for the Ignatz awards, which will be voted on and handed out at Small Press Expo later this month.
Reactions and addenda continue to pour in to the news that Kodansha has ended its licenses with Tokyopop. Heidi MacDonald has a very thorough roundup at The Beat, and Tom Spurgeon reflects a bit at The Comics Reporter. At Anime Vice, Gia Manry interviews Tokyopop Marketing Manager Kasia Piekarz but doesn’t get much out of her other than the fact that Tokyopop was ready for this. Sesho adds his commentary on the matter in his latest podcast.
At the Yaoi Press blog, YP publisher Yamila Abraham has a really interesting post on the possibilities the Kindle opens up overseas—or would open up if it weren’t region-blocked. (Not that there aren’t ways around that sort of thing.) This is of more than academic interest, of course, as YP will be releasing books to the Kindle soon.
Kate Dacey profiles manga-friendly comics store Comicopia at The Manga Critic.
You can win a copy of vol. 1 of X-Men: Misfits at Comics Worth Reading.
News from Japan: Things have been slow lately, but we did get word that the creator of Marmalade Boy is launching a new series.
Reviews: Carlo Santos files another edition of Right Turn Only!! at ANN. Go, read. Park Cooper has some short reviews of recent titles and Joy Kim takes a look at the September issue of Yen Plus at Manga Life.
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Dark Hunters (Manga Xanadu)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 1 of Detroit Metal City (i heart manga)
Deb Aoki on vol. 1 of Four-Eyed Prince (About.com)
Oyceter on vols. 2 and 3 of Goong (Sakura of DOOM)
Shevaun Morrison on vol. 1 of Higurashi When They Cry: Cotton Drifting Arc (Kuriousity)
Emily on Kanchigai Musume to Bichigire Ouji (Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 3 of Love Com (MangaCast)
Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane on vols. 17 and 18 of Nana (Manga Life)
Katherine Farmar on vol. 1 of Pure Heart (Comics Village)
Ken Haley on vols. 1 and 2 of Samurai 7 (Manga Recon)
Erica Friedman on vol. 1 of Tenbin ha Hana to Asobu (Okazu)
Julie on vol. 3 of Togari (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Snow Wildsmith on You Make My Head Spin (Manga Jouhou)