J.L. Bell winces at the lettering in the Twilight graphic novel and explains why it matters.
Erica Friedman rounds up the latest Yuri Network News. Melinda Beasi notes the end of Infinity and some worthwhile reviews in today’s Manhwa Monday post, and Lori Henderson ably sums up the week in manga at Manga Xanadu.Dobutsu No Oishasan.
Erica Friedman looks at Rakuen Le Paradis, a manga magazine that is less demographically targeted than most.
Technique talk: At the Manga University blog, Atushisa Okura (Moe USA, 50 Things We Love About Japan) explains how to draw backgrounds. Jonathan Moo presents an intro to inking at Manga Journey, and Narutaki discusses the use of screentone in global manga at Reverse Thieves.
Julie notes that Yen Press is looking for artists.
News from Japan: ANN reports that Shueisha was the top manga publisher in Japan in 2009, with 11% of the market. Also, according to Oricon, manga accounted for 23.4% of the entire book market by yen paid and 38.3% of the books sold.
Reviews: Sean Gaffney’s review of vols. 1-4 of Higurashi When They Cry is also a good introduction to the basic idea of the series, although there are some mild spoilers. Adam Stephanides follows up the Hooded Utilitarian’s roundtable by reading all of xxxHoLic. The Manga Recon folks have posted a fresh set of Manga Minis to start off the week. Other reviews of note:
Lori Henderson on vol. 7 of 20th Century Boys (Manga Xanadu)
Sterg Botzakis on vol. 1 of Barefoot Gen (Graphic Novel Resources)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 1 of Biomega (The Comic Book Bin)
Connie on vols. 1 and 2 of Blade of the Immortal (Slightly Biased Manga)
Greg McElhatton on vol. 1 of Bokurano: Ours (Read About Comics)
Julie on vol. 1 of Deadman Wonderland (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Michelle Smith on vol. 1 of Deadman Wonderland (Soliloquy in Blue)
Tangognat on vol. 1 of Deadman Wonderland (Tangognat)
Tiamat’s Disciple on vols. 00 and 01 of Dogs: Bullets and Carnage (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Connie on Electric Hands (Manga Recon)
Susan S. on vol. 1 of Great Place High School Student Council (Manga Jouhou)
Andre on vol. 1 of Hero Tales (Kuriousity)
Connie on vol. 8 of Honey and Clover (Slightly Biased Manga)
Julie on Jack and the Princess (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Sophie Stevens on vol. 2 of Kimi ni Todoke (Animanga Nation)
Melinda Beasi on vol. 3 of Kimi ni Todoke (Manga Bookshelf)
Tiamat’s Disciple on vol. 1 of Laon (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Connie on vol. 17 of Lovely Complex (Slightly Biased Manga)
Shaenon Garrity on vols. 1 and 2 of Ludwig II (About.com)
Alexander Hoffman on Oishinbo a la Carte: Japanese Cuisine (Comics Village)
David Welsh on Oishinbo: Izakaya: Pub Food (The Manga Curmudgeon)
Connie on vol. 35 of One Piece (Slightly Biased Manga)
Joy Kim on vol. 13 of Ouran High School Host Club (Joy Kim)
Julie on vol. 28 of Red River (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Michelle Smith on Sand Land (Soliloquy in Blue)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 5 of Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
AstroNerdBoy on vol. 18 of Sgt. Frog (AstroNerdBoy’s Anime and Manga Blog)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 8 of Slam Dunk (The Comic Book Bin)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of Stolen Hearts (Comics Worth Reading)
Bill Sherman on vol. 1 of Stolen Hearts (Blogcritics)
Isaac Hale on Take Me To Heaven (Manga Recon)
Michelle Smith on vol. 2 of Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee (Soliloquy in Blue)
Phil Guie on vol. 1 of This Ugly Yet Beautiful World (Manga Recon)
Julie on Valerie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 9 of Vampire Knight (The Comic Book Bin)
Laura on vol. 8 of We Were There (Heart of Manga)