Lori Henderson posts another excellent manga news roundup at Manga Xanadu, covering the Dragon Ball incident, a fascinating Twitter conversation, and more. She also reminds readers to comment on their favorite titles at Sigikki if they want them to see print someday. Speaking of Sigikki, David Welsh brings us up to date on the lineup and asks his readers how much they are using the site.
Christopher Butcher critiques the Shojoberry business model at Comic212, and he critiques it pretty hard. Read the comments for some interesting insights into licensing and other issues.
Ed Sizemore contributes the latest license request at Precocious Curmudgeon, and it’s a classic: Doraemon.
Writer Jesse McCann, who worked on some Dragon Ball activity books, has some thoughts on the cultural differences that got Dragon Ball banned from all school libraries (including high school, the intended audience) in Wicomico County, MD.
The Manga Village crew has a roundtable discussing the FTC’s recent guidelines for bloggers who receive free review copies.
John Thomas discusses horror manga for Halloween in the latest Sci-Guys podcast.
At Rocket Bomber, Matt Blind is catching up on the online graphic novel sales rankings; he’s up to the week of August 2.
Are Japanese emoticons only comprehensible to those who read manga? I would say no, but that “anguished face” looks more like a “sleepy face” to me, so who knows?
News from Japan: Simon Jones reports that Shogakukan is folding three children’s magazines, although he links to a news article that says two of them will be replaced by a different magazine. Tatsuya Egawa, creator of Golden Boy, is creating an iPhone manga that will be a prequel to the live-action movie If Blessed. Mushishi creator Yuki Urushibara also has a new manga in the works, this one in more traditional format (it will run in Kodansha’s Monthly Afternoon.)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 3 of Apothecarius Argentum (i heart manga)
Alain Mendez on vols. 1 and 2 of Aqua (Comics Village)
Shannon Fay on vol. 2 of Cat-Eyed Boy (Kuriousity)
James Fleenor on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Anime Sentinel)
Kate Dacey on Domu: A Child’s Dream (The Manga Critic)
Jen Dunbar on vols. 1 and 2 of Fairy Tail (A word is a unit of language)
Billy Aguiar on vol. 1 of Four-Eyed Prince (Prospero’s Manga)
Jen Dunbar on vols. 1 and 2 of Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden (A word is a unit of language)
Alex Hoffman on vol. 1 of High School Debut (Comics Village)
Greg McElhatton on Japan as Viewed by 17 Creators (Read About Comics)
Michelle Smith on vol. 1 of Karakuri Odette (Manga Recon)
Julie on Liberty Liberty! (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Julie on vol. 15 of Love*Com (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 1 of The Name of the Flower (i heart manga)
Michelle Smith on vol. 1 of Nightschool (Soliloquy in Blue)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 1 of Rin-ne (Kuriousity)
Ken Haley on vol. 1 of Silent Möbius, Complete Edition (Manga Recon)
Tangognat on vols. 3 and 4 of Swan (Tangognat)
Tangognat on vol. 1 of A Tale of an Unknown Country (Tangognat)
Snow Wildsmith on Where Has Love Gone (Fujoshi Librarian)