Martha Cornog and Steve Raiteri include Pluto and Ooku on their list of the best graphic novels of 2009 for Library Journal.
David Welsh’s latest license requests are drawn from the winners of the Manga Taishou awards. David also tackles the question of whether manga critics go too easy on their material, and at About.com, Deb Aoki rounds up some tips for writing manga reviews.
Mainichi has a story on Russian manga artist Svetlana Chezhina.
Have you always dreamed of working for Viz? They’re looking for a royalty financial analyst right now.
News from Japan: ANN has the winners of the Shogakukan Manga Awards.
Reviews: The xxxHoLiC roundtable wraps up at The Hooded Utilitarian with Kate Dacey’s commentary and Vom Marlowe’s explanation of why it only covered the first three volumes. Chris Zimmerman posts short reviews of several recent releases at cbs4.com.
James D. Maxon on 20th Century Boys (Books for Youth)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 1 of Adventures of Young Det (Mania.com)
Cyrus Kwong on vol. 1 of Ballad of a Shinigami (The Star of Malaysia)
Julie Opipari on vol. 12 of Crimson Hero (Mania.com)
Azizul Rahman on vol. 1 of Free Runners (The Star of Malaysia)
Melinda Beasi on vol. 2 of Full House (Manga Bookshelf)
Bill Sherman on GoGo Monster (Blogcritics)
Bill Sherman on vol. 1 of Happy Cafe (Pop Culture Gadabout)
Susan S. on An Ideal World (Manga Jouhou)
Grant Goodman on vol. 1 of King of RPGs (Manga Recon)
Danielle Leigh on vol. 1 of King of RPGs (Comics Should Be Good)
Kurogane on vol. 1 of Lucky Star (The Star of Malaysia)
Christopher Allen on vol. 1 of Moyasimon (Trouble with Comics)
Azizul Rahman on vol. 1 of Negima!? Neo (The Star of Malaysia)
Leroy Douresseaux on One Piece East Blue 1-2-3 (The Comic Book Bin)
Edward Zacharias on vol. 22 of One Piece (Animanga Nation)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 7 of Pluto (Kuriousity)
Jacob Martin on Red Snow (SNAG Vs. World)
Greg Hackmann on vol. 12 of S.A. (Mania.com)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 14 of S.A. (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 1 of We Were There (i heart manga)
Shaenon Garrity on vols. 1 and 2 of What a Wonderful World! (About.com)
Scott VonSchilling on The World I Create (The Anime Almanac)