I was running around all day Friday and never got to post, but now we have a nice snowfall here north of Boston—not that much, really, but enough to give me an excuse to stay home and blog a bit. So here’s the latest update, and happy reading to those of you who really are snowed in!
Lori Henderson lists this week’s kid-friendly comics and manga at Good Comics for Kids.
Erica Friedman brings us the latest edition of Yuri Network News at Okazu.
The year-in-review posts keep coming. Kate Dacey lists her picks for the best manga of 2009 at The Manga Critic and Lori Henderson looks at the world of manga in digital formats at Manga Xanadu. David Welsh compiles recommendations for the best manga covers of the year at Precocious Curmudgeon. Two global manga make it onto Dave Ferraro’s list of the three worst comics he read all year—that’s harsh!
This week’s NY Times best-seller list is up.
Create a character for a role-playing game, win a big bundle of manga from Jason Thompson, creator of the soon-to-be-published King of RPGs. Details are here.
Danielle Leigh recommends manga that would appeal to Vertigo fans in her latest Manga Before Flowers column at Comics Should Be Good.
Not manga, but hopefully interesting nonetheless: I interviewed all ten participants in this month’s Zuda competition for the Zudist Colony column at Robot 6.
Speaking of webcomics, Snow Wildsmith takes Digital’s eManga site out for a spin at Fujoshi Librarian. She starts with an overview of the site and then reviews the books in pairs: Honor’s Promise and Keeping Luke’s Secret, Married Under the Italian Sun and Millionaire Husband, Sale or Return Bride and The Shiekh’s Reluctant Bride, and Prisoner of the Tower and Word of a Gentleman.
Holiday specials: Some good deals online right now: Deux is having a big sale—get all of Yakuza in Love for $7 or both est em books for $5! And Viz has a holiday special as well—buy 3 manga, get one free.
News from Japan: Only moments after ending Shugo Chara, Peach-Pit is resurrecting it.
Reviews: Martha Cornog’s roundup of alcohol-soaked graphic novels at Library Journal includes short takes on several manga. The folks at About Heroes have a handful of brief reviews of a varied selection of manga.
Tiamat’s Disciple on vol. 1 of Akira (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Connie on vol. 2 of Baby & Me (Slightly Biased Manga)
Julie on vol. 2 of Ballad of a Shinigami (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Michelle Smith on vol. 1 of Beast Master (Soliloquy in Blue)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 29 of Bleach (Kuriousity)
Rob on vol. 1 of Click (Panel Patter)
Michelle Smith on vol. 12 of Crimson Hero (Soliloquy in Blue)
Andre on vol. 3 of Detroit Metal City (Kuriousity)
Jeanine Floreani on Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s L’Enfer (the French edition of Good-Bye, I think) (du9)
Michelle Smith on vols. 8 and 9 of Fairy Tail (Soliloquy in Blue)
Connie on vol. 22 of Fullmetal Alchemist (Slightly Biased Manga)
Tangognat on vols. 1-9 of Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden (Tangognat)
Deb Aoki on vol. 1 of Happy Cafe (About.com)
Sam on vol. 1 of Hibiki’s Magic (The Otaku’s Study)
Michelle Smith on vol. 13 of High School Debut (Soliloquy in Blue)
Sam on vol. 1 of Higurashi When They Cry: Abducted by Demons Arc (The Otaku’s Study)
Sesho on vol. 3 of Honey Hunt (Sesho’s Anime and Manga Reviews)
Connie on vol. 5 of I.N.V.U. (Slightly Biased Manga)
AstroNerdBoy on vol. 3 of Love Hina (AstroNerdBoy’s Anime and Manga Blog)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Love Hurts (Comics Worth Reading)
Julie on vol. 2 of Millennium Prime Minister (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Chris Mautner on vol. 1 of Moyasimon (Robot 6)
Edward Zacharias on vol. 45 of Naruto (Animanga Nation)
Melinda Beasi on vol. 1 of Natsume’s Book of Friends (Manga Bookshelf)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 1 of Shinobi Life (i heart manga)
Colleen Mondor on The Summit of the Gods (Chasing Ray)
Ed Sizemore on vol. 1 of The Summit of the Gods (Comics Worth Reading)
Derik Badman on vols. 1-3 of Suppli (Madinkbeard)
Rob on vol. 2 of Tanpenshu (Panel Patter)
Connie on vol. 3 of Totally Captivated (Slightly Biased Manga)
Melinda Beasi on vol. 8 of We Were There (Manga Bookshelf)
Byron Kerman on vol. 1 of X-Men Misfits (PLAYBACK:stl)