I took New Year’s Day off so I figured I had better catch up with the news this weekend, or I’ll be swamped on Monday. Lots of good stuff below, but in addition, you should really check out Robot 6, because today is their one-year anniversary of blogging at Comic Book Resources and they are celebrating with a ton of great material—exclusive previews, congratulatory art by famous creators and some fun essays, including their countdown of the 30 most important comics of the decade, which I helped compile. Part 1 is up now, and watch for part 2 tomorrow. One of the great things about the Robot 6′ers is that they are so eclectic—they read everything, from superheroes to manga to weird little comics produced in editions of ten and hand-stapled by the creator. So if you’re not checking in regularly, give it a try, and at least drop by for my Unbound columns every Tuesday.
In other news…
At Good Comics for Kids, Lori Henderson’s 10-year-old daughter Krissy lists her picks for the best kids’ manga of 2009. And in case you missed something, Kate Dacey posts our review index for the past three months.
Deb Aoki looks forward to 2010 with a post of the 25 manga she’s most looking forward to. David Welsh would very much like to see an American edition of the yaoi manga that Natsumi Ono publishes under the pseudonym Basso. And LJ’er iluvintulips has ten license requests for 2010.
Laura lists the best new shoujo manga of 2009 at Heart of Manga. Derik Badman includes Oishinbo in his favorite comics of the year at Madinkbeard. Erica Friedman counts down the 2009 yuri top ten at Okazu. Lorena Nava Ruggero has an interesting twist on the end-of-the-year post: She blogs about what she should have read last year.
Lets Fall Asleep has an interesting essay on Death Note and Japanese mystery fiction.
Canned Dogs posts some photos of manga-ka studios.
The Yaoi Review kicks off the new year with a brand new website.
Connie on vols. 1-5 of Adolf (Manga Recon)
Rob on vol. 1 of Bleach (Panel Patter)
Jen Dunbar on vol. 1 of Butterflies, Flowers (A word is a unit of language)
Diana Dang on vol. 1 of Cat Paradise (Stop, Drop, and Read!)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 2 of Children of the Sea (Comics Worth Reading)
Snow Wildsmith on Cigarette Kisses (Fujoshi Librarian)
Erica Friedman on vol. 1 of Comic Lily (Okazu)
Snow Wildsmith on The Devil Inside (Fujoshi Librarian)
Russell on vol. 1 of Emma (Manga Jouhou)
Julie on vol. 8 of Gantz (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Tiamat’s Disciple on Hollow Fields (omnibus edition) (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Ed Sizemore on An Ideal World (Comics Worth Reading)
Tangognat on vol. 1 of Itazura Na Kiss (Tangognat)
Jennifer Dunbar on vol. 1 of The Lizard Prince (Manga Recon)
Deanna Gauthier on vol. 14 of Love*Com (Manga Bookshelf)
Shannon Fay on vol. 2 of Love Control (Kuriousity)
Melinda Beasi on vols. 1 and 2 of Ludwig II (Manga Recon)
Richard Auffrey on The Manga Cookbook (The Passionate Foodie)
Julie Opipari on vol. 4 of Moon Boy (Mania.com)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Oishinbo a la Carte 7: Izakaya: Pub Food (Comics Worth Reading)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 25 of One Piece (The Comic Book Bin)
Julie on Only One Wish (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Susan S. on vol. 1 of Raiders (Manga Jouhou)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 18 of Sgt. Frog (Comics Worth Reading)
Julie on vol. 6 of Shaman Warrior (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Connie on vol. 21 of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle (Slightly Biased Manga)
Tangognat on vol. 4 of Vagabond (VizBig Edition) (Tangognat)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 29 of Vagabond (I Reads You)
Connie on vol. 1 of Yellow (omnibus edition) (Slightly Biased Manga)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 2 of Yotsuba&! (i heart manga)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 2 of Yurara (i heart manga)