Reactions are still pouring in on the Christopher Handley sentencing; Handley received a six-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to possession of obscene manga. This local-paper coverage made me wince: The Iowa Independent did an OK job of summarizing the story, but the accompanying picture shows a couple of mainstream manga (Me and My Brothers, Shugo Chara, Tokyo Mew-Mew) with the caption “Similar although non-explicit graphic novels, like the three pictured above, are available at most public libraries.” I know they are just trying to show what “manga” is, but I’m afraid this casts a pall of suspicion on the whole medium.
Kate Dacey casts her critical eye on this week’s new releases at The Manga Critic.
Melinda Beasi rounds up the latest manhwa news in her latest Manhwa Monday post at Manga Bookshelf.
Boo! Someone pirated Helen McCarthy’s The Anime Encyclopedia, and she is faced with the inadequacy of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for fighting online plagiarism. Having been a victim of this myself (in a much more modest way), I sympathize! The system is so bad, it’s almost as if it were designed by the perpetrators.
There’s a new episode of the Jouhou Cast up at Manga Jouhou.
Reviews: The Manga Recon team has a new set of Manga Minis to start out the work week. At About.com, Melinda Beasi takes a look at The Rough Guide to Manga, written by Otaku Ohana blogger (and Honolulu Star-Bulletin columnist) Jason Yadao.
Jaime Samms on The Aristocrat and the Devil Prince (Kuriousity)
Shaenon Garrity on vol. 1 of Black Butler (About.com)
Dave Ferraro on vol. 1 of Bokurano Ours (Comics-and-More)
Julie on vol. 13 of High School Debut (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Michelle Smith on vols. 9-11 of Kaze Hikaru (Soliloquy in Blue)
Julie on vol. 20 of Kekkaishi (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Tangognat on vol. 1 of Stolen Hearts (Tangognat)
Ai Kano on vol. 10 of Strawberry 100% (Animanga Nation)
Erica Friedman on vol. 4 of Sunshine Sketch (Okazu)
Kristin on vol. 1 of Tamaishin: The Red Spider Exorcist (Comic Attack)