ICv2 posts the latest sales numbers from Diamond, and despite mutterings about the death of periodical comics, they seem to be doing just fine—in comics shops, that is, which is the market Diamond serves. Graphic novels have slipped since this time last year, partly because Watchmen isn’t big news any more. ICv2 also gives us the November graphic novel chart, in which Berserk is the top-rated manga and Vampire Knight lags way behind.
Going for quality over quantity, the Good Comics for Kids team lists their picks for the best kid- and teen-friendly comics and manga of 2009.
Digital announced yesterday that they will publish Under Grand Hotel under their 801 imprint, which is usually reserved for the steamy stuff.
Danielle Leigh has more recommendations in her latest Manga Before Flowers post at Comics Should Be Good.
Coffeeandink has some harsh words about Butterflies, Flowers.
Tangognat invites manga bloggers to be profiled on Manga View.
News from Japan: There’s a new Code Geass manga in the works.
Dan Polley on vol. 1 of Deka Kyoshi (Comics Village)
Ed Sizemore on vol. 2 of A Distant Neighborhood (Comics Worth Reading)
Danielle Leigh on vol. 1 of Itazura na Kiss (Comics Should Be Good)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 2 of Jack Frost (Kuriousity)
Julie on Married Under the Italian Sun (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Julie on vol. 14 of Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Tiamat’s Disciple on vol. 1 of Pandora Hearts (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
David Welsh on Red Snow (The Comics Reporter)
Dave Ferraro on vol. 1 of Rin-ne (Comics-and-More)
Tangognat on vols. 1 and 2 of V.B. Rose (Tangognat)
Kinukitty on The Wallflower (The Hooded Utilitarian)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 7 of Yotsuba&! (Comics Worth Reading)