Yen mystery solved, NYAF wrapups, new things to read

First of all I’d like to clear up one mystery. I mentioned in three or four different articles that Yen Press was mysteriously absent from NYAF, and I also DM’d Kurt Hassler when he tweeted that he was at a panel there. He got back to me last night with a simple explanation: Yen’s corporate pre-sales meeting was happening at the same time. “Talking to corporate sales force to sell next year’s list necessarily took precedence over the show unfortunately,” he added. But he did show up at the Soul Eater panel and even handed out a few advance copies of the manga.

Speaking of NYAF, PWCW put up their coverage (to which I contributed), and I also filed a con report for this week’s Unbound column at Robot 6.

Everyone is filing their con reports, it seems. At Anime Vice, God Len posts a short video that gives a sense of what it’s like to walk around at the con. Go here for the rest of their coverage, which is comprehensive and awesome. Deb Aoki rounds up the new title announcements at

Deb Aoki, Kate Dacey, and David Welsh all ponder this week’s new releases.

The Manga Village crowd picks the Manga of the Month for August 2009.

Following on Kate Dacey’s post of manga she can’t stand, Erica Friedman posts the Yuri Manga Hall of Shame.

Lori Henderson discusses how the manga adaptation of Warriors caught her daughter’s interest and led her to read the prose novels as well.

Fruits Basket translators Alethea and Athena Nibley go from the page to the spoken word with a column on interpreting at Manga Life. Also: Park Cooper chats with an educator about With the Light, the story of an autistic child and his family.

Udon has a preview up of vol. 3 of Apple, the Korean artbook/anthology.

Reviews: Carlo Santos looks over a handful of recent volumes in his latest Right Turn Only!! column at ANN. Johanna Draper Carlson looks at some upcoming Shojo Beat titles at Comics Worth Reading.

Danielle Leigh on vols. 4 and 5 of 20th Century Boys (Comics Should Be Good)
Connie on vol. 2 of The Adventures of Young Det (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 7 of B.O.D.Y. (Slightly Biased Manga)
Jason Punda on vol. 1 of Cirque du Freak (Manga Jouhou)
Danielle Leigh on vol. 2 of Detroit Metal City (Comics Should Be Good)
Sophie Stevens on vol. 1 of Emma (Animanga Nation)
Emily on Hajime-chan ga Ichiban! (Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page)
Julie on vol. 1 of Karakuri Odette (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 2 of KimiKiss (Comics Worth Reading)
Martin on vol. 1 of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (light novel) (Mono no Aware)
Phil Guie on vols. 1 and 2 of Negima!? Neo (Manga Recon)
Matthew Alexander on vol. 1 of Ooku: The Inner Chambers (
Tangognat on vols. 1-3 of Papillon (Tangognat)
Snow Wildsmith on vols. 1 and 2 of Pathos (Fujoshi Librarian)
AstroNerdBoy on vol. 3 of Phantom Dream (AstroNerdBoy’s Anime and Manga Blog)
Shannon Fay on The Quest for the Missing Girl (Kuriousity)
Park Cooper on vol. 4 of St. Dragon Girl (Manga Life)
Katherine Farmar on Seven (Comics Village)
Carlo Santos on vol. 7 of Shugo Chara! (ANN)
Alain Mendez on vols. 1 and 2 of Swan (Comics Village)
Julie on vol. 2 of Takeru: Opera Susanoh Sword of the Devil (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Sakura Eries on vol. 2 of Tsubasa: Those With Wings (
Danielle Leigh on vol. 6 of Yotsuba&! (Comics Should Be Good)

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  1. Even though Yen Press’s mystery has been solved, it still doesn’t clear up the mystery of Go! Comi.

  2. oh good, udon updated their site.

    I see Yen lasting for a good long while since they do business before pleasure


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