New manga and books about manga

It’s not manga, but an issue that affects a lot of manga readers: Two circulation desk employees (not librarians) in a Kentucky library were fired for stopping an 11-year-old child from checking out a volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen because they regarded it as “porn.” We had a roundtable discussion of this at Good Comics for Kids, with both librarians and parents well represented.

Kate Dacey, Brad Rice, and David Welsh make their picks from this week’s new manga.

At PWCW, Kai-Ming Cha talks to Patrick Galbraith, the author of The Otaku Encyclopedia, and Steve Bunche interviews Eric P. Nash, the writer of Manga Kamishibai, a book about manga’s ancestor, “paper theater.”

Lorena Nava Ruggero suggests some manga for Halloween reading. Matthew Alexander and Chris Beveridge post their Halloween manga and anime recommendations at And while it’s not about manga, check out my latest Unbound column at Robot 6 for some webcomics that don’t need zombies to creep you out.

Evan Miller has a nice, meaty interview with manga scholar Fred Schodt at ANN.

Translators Alethea and Athena Nibley ponder the problem of matching characters with dialogue at Manga Life.

Simon Jones is not impressed with Kodansha’s new editions of Akira and Ghost in the Shell, which are a lot like Dark Horse’s old editions.

Lori Henderson puts Bloody Monday on her license wish list.

News from Japan: A manga based on the anime So-Ra-No-Wo-To is in the works; it will run in Dengeki Daioh.

Reviews: PWCW reviews a number of recent graphic novels, including vol. 1 of What a Wonderful World. Park Cooper and Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane discuss what they have been reading lately at Manga Life. Erica Friedman has serious problems with vol. 1 of Maria Holic at Okazu.

Ed Sizemore on vol. 2 of The Big Adventures of Majoko (Comics Worth Reading)
Connie on vol. 29 of Bleach (Slightly Biased Manga)
Steven M. Bari on vol. 31 of Case Closed (Manga Life)
Tiamat’s Disciple on vol. 3 of Cirque du Freak (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Billy Aguiar on vol. 1 of Deka Kyoshi (Prospero’s Manga)
Phil Guie on vol. 1 of Dream Gold: Knights in the Dark City (Manga Recon)
Katherine Farmar on Endless Rain (Comics Village)
Melinda Beasi on vol. 1 of Full House (Manga Bookshelf)
Emily on Honey Darling! (Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page)
Charles Webb on vol. 2 of Jack Frost (Manga Life)
Andre on vol. 1 of Karakuri Odette (Kuriousity)
Eva Volin on vol. 1 of Mad Love Chase (ICv2)
Julie on vol. 13 of Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation and vol. 3 of Rosario + Vampire (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 2 of The Name of the Flower (MangaCast)
Matthew Alexander on vol. 33 of Oh My Goddess! (
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 4 of Papillon (Comics Worth Reading)
Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane on vol. 1 of Rin-ne (Manga Life)
Kiki Van De Camp on vol. 6 of Sand Chronicles (Animanga Nation)
Penny Kenny on vol. 1 of Soul Eater (Manga Life)
Connie on Too Long (Slightly Biased Manga)

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