Yen Press announced a fresh batch of new licenses on their website yesterday, including The Melancholy of Suzmiya-Haruhi-Chan, a 4-koma gag strip based on that other Haruhi manga; another 4-koma manga, this one based on the anime K-On!, about a girl band; Fumi Yoshinaga’s Not Love But Delicious Foods; a novel, Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime; and a children’s book by French creator Émile Bravo, Goldilocks and the Seven Squat Bears. David Welsh expresses his pleasure at Manga Curmudgeon, but Scott VonSchilling dissents on the 4-koma manga at The Anime Almanac.
ICv2 has the scoop on Drawn & Quarterly’s plans for Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s Black Blizzard.
Julie is looking forward to Rampage and Rasetsu among this week’s new manga.
Yamila Abraham writes of her disappointment that the very mild (13+) comic Zesty was not approved for the iTunes store; YP graphic novels are available on Kindle, which means they can be read on the iPhone through the Kindle app, but it’s very tiny.
Gottsu-Iiyan gives us a sneak peek at the latest chapter of Billy Bat.
Shaenon Garrity looks at the many faces of Lum.
Gia unearths what looks like a fascinating book: The daughters of Osamu Tezuka, Shigeru Mizuki, and Fujio Akatsuka have collaborated on a book about their manga-ka fathers, in which many things are revealed, including the fact that Black Jack’s “wife” Pinoko is modeled on Tezuka’s daughter. (I don’t think I’d admit that, myself.) Can Yen Press please license that one?
Akemi has a brief post describing the essence of shonen manga at Myth and Manga.
Tell David Welsh who your favorite manga mother is and you could win a copy of All My Darling Daughters. Also, David is up to the letter Q in his shoujo/sunjeong alphabet, which makes this a shorter entry than most.
Giant Robot is looking for donations so they can keep publishing.
Danielle Leigh on vol. 1 of Alice in the Country of Hearts (Comics Should Be Good!)
Kate Dacey on The Box Man (The Manga Critic)
Deb Aoki on vol. 1 of Deadman Wonderland (About.com)
James Fleenor on vol. 1 of Deadman Wonderland (Anime Sentinel)
Leroy Douresseaux on Electric Hands (The Comic Book Bin)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 30 of Eyeshield 21 (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 8 of Land of the Blindfolded (i heart manga)
Kinukitty on Madness (The Hooded Utilitarian)
Lori Henderson on Make Love and Peace (Comics Village)
Snow Wildsmith on Natsume’s Book of Friends (Good Comics for Kids)
Michelle Smith on vol. 1 of Stolen Hearts (Manga Recon)
Brenda Gregson on vol. 2 of Venus Capriccio (Animanga Nation)