I didn’t get to listen in on the latest Tokyopop webinar, which featured CEO Stu Lefy and senior editor Lillian Diaz-Pryzybl but Daniella Orihuela-Gruber liveblogged it and then offered some additional thoughts, and ANN summarized the high points. Apparently Tokyopop is considering using “fan translators” to finish up series that are on hiatus due to low sales. It’s hard to know what this means—is “fan translators” a synonym for “unpaid labor”? Because from what I hear, professional translators aren’t paid that well to begin with. Anyway, they are in negotiation with a scanlation site, and they mentioned Crunchyroll, a fansub anime site that went legit. It’s hard to see the Japanese licensors going for that, though. Stu and Lillian also said that fans should not give up on their manhwa series, as some may be coming back from hiatus, and they hinted at big things to come in the near future.
Manga Critic Kate Dacey looks at this week’s new releases.
Lorena Nava Ruggero posts her manga gift guide at i heart manga.
Myth and Manga has a chilling array of manga villains for your enjoyment.
This week’s edition of the shoujo/sunjeong alphabet at Precocious Curmudgeon features books with titles beginning with H.
Erica Friedman, the editor of the Yuri Monogatari anthology, discusses some reasons why a writer might get a rejection letter. It’s good reading for any aspiring writer.
The latest shelf porn post at Robot 6 is all about manga: It’s the collection of Cathy Pajunen, who writes about her manga-reading life, and occasionally about other things, at it can’t all be about manga…
News from Japan: The Media Arts Awards have been announced, and Vinland Saga took the grand prize in the manga division, with Imuri, Children of the Sea, Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni, and Hyouge Mono – Tea for Universe, Tea for Life garnering awards for excellence. Kindaichi Case Files creator Yōzaburō Kanari is writing a new manga, to be illustrated by Tetsu Adachi. New shoujo series in the works include a manga spinoff of the anime and toy line Jewelpet, and Happy Cafe manga-ka Kou Matsuzuki is launching a new series in Hana to Yume. And here are the latest comics rankings, in which Nodame Cantabile, Real!, and Yotsuba&! totally kick ass.
Reviews: Cathy shows off her weekend manga purchases at it can’t all be about manga…
Connie on vol. 6 of 20th Century Boys (Slightly Biased Manga)
Joy Kim on vol. 9 of Antique Gift Shop (Manga Life)
Connie on vol. 7 of Arm of Kannon (Slightly Biased Manga)
Tiamat’s Disciple on Azumanga Daioh (omnibus) (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of Butterflies, Flowers (Comics Worth Reading)
Julie on Ciao Ciao Bambino (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Johanna Draper Carlson on The Color of Earth, The Color of Water, and The Color of Heaven (Comics Worth Reading)
D.M. Evans on vol. 3 of Fairy Tail (Manga Jouhou)
Connie on vol. 9 of Gimmick (Slightly Biased Manga)
Snow Wildsmith on GoGo Monster (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Julie on vol. 1 of Itazura na Kiss (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Danica Davidson on vols. 1-4 of Kyo Kara Maoh (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Noah Berlatsky on Little Fluffy Gigolo Pelu (The Comics Journal)
Kris on Manhattan Love Story (Manic About Manga)
Connie on vol. 23 of One Piece (Slightly Biased Manga)
Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane on vol. 2 of Rasetsu (Manga Life)
Bill Sherman on vol. 1 of This Ugly Yet Beautiful World (Blogcritics)
Courtney Kraft on vol. 1 of Vermonia (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 5 of With the Light (Manga Bookshelf)
Barb Lien-Cooper on vols. 3 and 4 of Yotsuba&! (Manga Life)