Quick Thursday roundup

519tHPwaIqLThe march of the Best Of lists continues: Flashlight Worthy asked me and a bunch of other comics bloggers to name our favorite book of the year; their list is up so go see our picks! Scott VonSchilling posts his list of the top ten manga releases of 2009 at Anime Almanac.

David Welsh is psyched about the upcoming release of not simple, and he reaches the letter J in his shoujo-sunjeong alphabet.

Least surprising statement of the year: Kurt Hassler tells Tiamat’s Disciple to expect more adaptations and original manga from Yen Press in the future.

News from Japan: ANN has the latest Japanese comics rankings and the news that all 56 volumes of One Piece are on Oricon’s top 200 chart.

12183_400x600Reviews: The Manga Recon team is On the Shojo Beat again with brief reviews of Butterflies, Flowers, and some new volumes of longer-running series.

Danica Davidson on 9 Faces of Love (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Courtney Kraft on vol. 1 of The Battle of Genryu (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Casey Brienza on vol. 1 of Beast Master (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Casey Brienza on vol. 2 of Black Bird (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 1 of Butterflies, Flowers (i heart manga)
Tangognat on vol. 1 of Happy Cafe (Tangognat)
Courtney Kraft on vol. 1 of Karakuri Odette (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Joy Kim on vol. 2 of Kimi ni Todoke (Joy Kim)
Deb Aoki on Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater (About.com)
David Welsh on vol. 1 of Natsume’s Book of Friends (Precocious Curmudgeon)
Julie on One Piece: East Blue Vols. 1-2-3 (omnibus) (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Only One Wish (Comics Worth Reading)
Snow Wildsmith on vol. 1 of Tegami Bachi (Good Comics for Kids)

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