New Tezuka, the problem with weeklies, and Hokusai manga

Lissa Pattillo figured out Vertical’s newest license: It’s Osamu Tezuka’s Ayako.

Gottsu-Iiyan argues that easing the weekly schedule for manga serials would be better for manga creators—and ultimately for manga as well.

Curtis Hoffmann takes a look at Hokusai Manga, which is sort of a sketchbook of cartoons by the artist best known for his “Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji.” The drawings are informal, black-and-white, and grouped by subject matter; they aren’t sequential art, but they are interesting to look at.

Melinda Beasi lists five women manga critics whose work she enjoys. I’m flattered to be included on the list, and I encourage you to check out all the writers she links to.

David Welsh encourages his readers to read Real (me too!) and presents the latest episode of the Shoujo-Sunjeong Alphabet, the letter N.

Sho Murase shares a snippet of some Star Wars art on her blog.

Deb Aoki spotlights two new shows at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, featuring Bat-Manga and samurai.

Congratulations to Manga Jouhou, which has just completed its 7th year of providing manga news and reviews. Editor Jason Punda is celebrating with seven site upgrades, including a new format for reviews and a dedicated reviewers page. Stay tuned for more!


Michael May on vol. 3 of Anne Freaks (Robot 6)
Brenda Gregson on vol. 1 of The Battle of Genryu (Animanga Nation)
Connie on vol. 32 of Berserk (Slightly Biased Manga)
Snow Wildsmith on vol. 1 of Deka Kyoshi (Good Comics for Kids)
Tangognat on Love Hurts (Tangognat)
Tangognat on Maid Sama, V.B. Rose, and I.N.V.U. (Tangognat)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 27 of One Piece (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Emily on Playgirl K (Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 7 of Real (The Comic Book Bin)
John Zakrzewski on vol. 3 of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei (
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 4 of Yotsuba&! (i heart manga)

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  1. Happy Anniversary Manga Jouhou!

  2. I think Beasi overdid it a bit with her reverential take on women manga critics. There isn’t a “leader” of twitter bloggers or other such nonsense among bloggers. Oh, let us worship the god of manga! These people aren’t idols or something. The image I had was that Beasi puts forth this theory that bloggers lapdog syncophantically to certain other bloggers when its not the case. There are no “authorities” in the blogosphere. It’s just people writing about what they like or don’t like.

    The other thing. Why only women manga critics? Also implied that women were better manga critics than men. I don’t read anything solely based on a person’s gender. Women and men are just as talented when it comes to manga criticism (if you can call manga criticism a talent. I would call it simply an enthusiastic communication).


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