Roundtable, reviews, retrospectives

Esther Keller hosts our latest roundtable, on age-appropriateness of comics, at Good Comics for Kids—and yes, the Dragonball thing does come up. And Lori Henderson has the list of this week’s all-ages comics and manga.

Lori Henderson looks at the decade in review at Manga Xanadu.

This kind of thing almost isn’t news any more, but NPR blogger Glenn Weldon includes two manga titles in the list of graphic novels that grabbed him in 2009. (Via Robot 6.)

A Rising Stars of Manga story has blossomed into a full-blown graphic novel, Ferrymen.

Shaun Manning talks to UDON’s Matt Moylan about Mega Man Megamix—and there’s a preview, too!

News from Japan: Gottsu-Iiyan bolsters his case about the weekly schedule being bad for manga-kas with a note from Takehiko Inoue suggesting he’s getting burned out. In other news, Yuria 100 Shiki is coming to an end, the slot machine game Kaitō Tenshi Twin Angel is being adapted into, among other things, a manga, and Kami no Shizuku (Drops of the Gods) won an award from a French wine magazine.

Helen McCarthy, author of The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga, is looking forward to some upcoming books about manga.

The Digital Media blog looks forward to 2010, when their various imprints will be publishing a whole host of interesting books including the much-in-demand Kizuna and The Tyrant Falls in Love.

At, Deb invites you to vote for the best all-ages manga of 2009 and enter to win a bunch of cool prizes.

Reviews: Kate Dacey looks at January’s good manga for kids, including short reviews of vol. 2 of Animal Academy and vols. 6 and 7 of Yotsuba&!.

Serdar Yegulalp on vol. 1 of Akira (Advanced Media Network)
Erica Friedman on vol. 4 of Aoi Hana (Okazu)
Adam Stephanides on vol. 2 of Billy Bat (Completely Futile)
Julie Opipari on vol. 4 of Comic (
Jennifer Dunbar on Dining Bar Akira (A word is a unit of language)
Noah Berlatsky on vols. 1-6 of Dokebi Bride (comiXology)
Serdar Yegulalp on vol. 1 of Jormungand (Advanced Media Network)
Scott VonSchilling on vol. 1 of King of RPGs (The Anime Almanac)
Gia Manry on vol. 1 of Natsume’s Book of Friends (Anime Vice)
Danielle Leigh on vol. 1 of Raiders (Comics Should Be Good!)
Connie on vol. 2 of Rin-ne (Slightly Biased Manga)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 2 of Shinobi Life (i heart manga)
Scott Campbell on vol. 12 of Switch (Active Anime)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 1 of Yu-Gi-Oh! R (Kuriousity)

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