News, reviews, Previews!

The Comics Village folks check out this past week’s new comics and make their recommendations. Tangognat makes her selections from this month’s Previews, and Ed Chavez posts the full list at MangaCast.

Lori Henderson rounds up the week’s manga news at Manga Xanadu and Erica Friedman posts the latest yuri news at Okazu.

The most recent volume of Vampire Knight tops the latest New York Times graphic books best-seller list for the second week in a row. This prompts Sadie Mattox to wonder why the heroines in vampire books are so boring, and it also gives me an excuse to link once again to Lianne Sentar’s hilarious explanation of why teenage girls love Vampire Knight.

David Welsh focuses on the translation of Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei in his latest Flipped column. Lori Henderson discusses whether names should be translated at Manga Xanadu.

Matt Blind starts catching up on his graphic novel rankings with a look at the July 19 numbers at Rocket Bomber.

As summer vacation draws to a close, Laura posts her readers’ favorite high-school shojo manga at Heart of Manga.

John Thomas files his con report from Kumoricon (day 1, day 2). Some tidbits: Jason Thompson’s Manga: The Complete Guide will continue online, with writers posting a review a day, at; and Dark Horse will pubish The Art of Blade of the Immortal next summer. Alexander Case has a more detailed account of Thompson’s panel and the Dark Horse and Svetlana Chmakova panels at Bureau 42.

The fine folks at Udon are auctioning off eight pieces of original art to benefit comics artist John Ostrander, whose sight is threatened by glaucoma.

News from Japan: Hideki Ohwada, creator of Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku, is launching a new series in Young Ace magazine. And a manga version of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf has sold 45,000 copies, exceeding the publisher’s expectations.

Reviews: The Manga Recon team surveys the current manga landscape with their latest set of Manga Minis. At ComicMix, Andrew Wheeler reviews three stories about people who are special in some way: X-Men: MIsfits, Cat Academy, and Ninja Girls. Wally Xie catches up with two untranslated series, Rookies and Homonculus, at The Eastern Standard.

Matthew Rozier on vol. 4 of 20th Century Boys (Comics Village)
Karen Maeda on vol. 2 of Animal Academy (Sequential Tart)
Julie on vol. 1 of Black Bird (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Casey Brienza on vol. 36 of Boys Over Flowers (ANN)
Diana Dang on vol. 1 of Broken Blade (Stop, Drop, and Read)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 8 of Emma (i heart manga)
Casey Brienza on vol. 1 of Gestalt (ANN)
Anna on vol. 6 of Goong (2 screenshot limit)
Patti Martinson on vol. 12 of Hayate the Combat Butler (Sequential Tart)
Karen Maeda on vol. 11 of High School Debut (Sequential Tart)
Michelle Smith on vols. 11 and 12 of Kare Kano (Soliloquy in Blue)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Kat & Mouse: The Knave of Diamonds (Comics Worth Reading)
Anna on vol. 1 of King of Thorn (2 screenshot limit)
Megan M. on vol. 1 of The Lapis Lazuli Crown (There it is, Plain as Daylight)
Sesho on vol. 1 of Momogumi Plus Senki (Sesho’s Anime and Manga Reviews)
Wolfen Moondaughter on vol. 7 of Nora: The Last Chronicle of Devildom (Sequential Tart)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on Ode to Kirihito (i heart manga)
Carlo Santos on vol. 8 of Rosario + Vampire (ANN)
Michelle Smith on vol. 1 of Sarasah (Manga Recon)
Patti Martinson on vol. 2 of Takeru: Opera Susanoh Sword of the Devil (Sequential Tart)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 1 of A Tale of an Unknown Country (i heart manga)
Holly von Winckel on Tegami Bachi (Sequential Tart)
Erica Friedman on vol. 6 of Tetragrammaton Labyrinth (Okazu)
J. Caleb Mozzocco on vol. 1 of X-Men: Misfits (Blog@Newsarama)

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  1. I think it strange that no one has reviewed the fourth higurashi volume. (Higurashi: When they cry cotton drifting arc volume 2)