I spent a portion of the weekend at the American Library Association Midwinter meeting, and you can read my impressions of the exhibit floor at Good Comics for Kids. And at Robot 6, we all chat about what we are reading this week.
Lori Henderson posts a handy digest of the week’s manga news, with plenty of links for those who missed it the first time around, at Manga Xanadu.
The latest NY Times Graphic Books Best-Seller List is up, and vol. 4 of Yu-Gi-Oh GX is in the number one slot.
The Hooded Utilitarian will be holding a roundtable on xxxHoLiC all week, and Vom Marlowe kicks it off with an introduction to the series.
David Welsh bellies up to the bar and asks that someone please license Bartender.
Matt Blind ranks upcoming releases several different ways at Rocket Bomber.
Heavy meta: Lots of people are writing about writing lately. Deb Aoki tweeted some tips for reviewers on Twitter, and Anime Miz compiled them and the ensuing conversation into two posts for our convenience. David Welsh has some excellent advice for journalists who are covering manga for the first time. And then Erica Friedman summed it all up and added some advice of her own on why—and why not—to blog at Okazu.
News from Japan: Vol. 12 of Descendants of Darkness will be out soon, just 8 years after the previous volume. A Zhu Zhu pets manga and anime are in the works. And 10 manga have been nominated for this year’s Manga Taisho awards; none are published in English, although Bakuman is on the way. Gia has an amusing report on Kodansha’s newest manga magazine at Anime Vice.
Reviews: The Manga Recon team checks out Natsume’s Book of Friends and several other titles in their latest On the Shojo Beat column. Johanna Draper Carlson posts some short reviews of recent manga at Comics Worth Reading.
Ed Sizemore on vol. 6 of 20th Century Boys (Comics Worth Reading)
Michelle Smith on vol. 1 of Adolf: A Tale of the Twentieth Century (Soliloquy in Blue)
Holly Ellingwood on All My Darling Daughters (Active Anime)
David Welsh on All My Darling Daughters (Precocious Curmudgeon)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 2 of Black Bird (i heart manga)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 33 of Case Closed (Comics Worth Reading)
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Deka Kyoshi (Manga Xanadu)
Cynthia on Dog X Cat (Boys Next Door)
Danielle Leigh on Dog X Cat and La Satanica (Comics Should Be Good)
Sam Kusek on Domu: A Child’s Dream (Manga Recon)
Connie on vol. 5 of Gestalt (Slightly Biased Manga)
Kate Dacey on vol. 8 of Honey and Clover and vol. 6 of Mixed Vegetables (The Manga Critic)
Sandra Scholes on vol. 1 of I Shall Never Return (Active Anime)
Tangognat on vol. 1 of Land of Silver Rain (Tangognat)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 16 of Love*Com (Comics Worth Reading)
Cynthia on Love Full of Scars (Boys Next Door)
Connie on Mazinger (Slightly Biased Manga)
Michelle Smith on vol. 7 of Monkey High (Soliloquy in Blue)
Carl Kimlinger on vol. 8 of Monkey High (ANN)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Natsume’s Book of Friends (A Case Suitable For Treatment)
Connie on not simple (Slightly Biased Manga)
Leroy Douresseaux on not simple (The Comic Book Bin)
Scott Campbell on Oishinbo a la Carte: Izakaya: Pub Food (Active Anime)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 28 of One Piece (A Case Suitable For Treatment)
Melinda Beasi on vol. 5 of Otomen (Manga Bookshelf)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 6 of The Palette of 12 Secret Colors (i heart manga)
Connie on vol. 4 of Papillon (Slightly Biased Manga)
Julie on The Prince’s Heir (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Scott Campbell on vol. 7 of Real (Active Anime)
Diana Dang on vols. 1 and 2 of The Recipe for Gertrude (Stop, Drop, and Read!)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 2 of Rin-ne (The Comic Book Bin)
Oyceter on vols. 1-10 of Sailor Moon (Chinese translation) (Sakura of DOOM)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 1 of The Seven Magi (i heart manga)
Julie on vol. 7 of Shaman Warrior (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Adam Stephanides on Solanin (The Comics Journal)
Rob on Solfege (Panel Patter)
Rob on vol. 6 of Tarot Cafe (Panel Patter)
Russell on Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms (Manga Jouhou)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 31 of Vagabond (The Comic Book Bin)
Carlo Santos on Witchblade Takeru Manga Collection(ANN)
Eden Zacarias on vol. 1 of X-Men: Misfits (Animanga Nation)
AstroNerdBoy on vol. 5 of Yotsuba&! (AstroNerdBoy’s Anime and Manga Blog)