In the wake of the Affaire Nick Simmons, Gottsu-Iiyan posts some suspiciously similar pages from Frank Miller’s Elektra Lives Again and Yukito Kishiro’s Battle Angel Alita—but this time, it’s Kishiro who is doing the borrowing.
Meanwhile, Simmons has made a statement, saying that he only intended to pay “homage” to Bleach, not to copy it. This did not go over well with commenters, to say the least. Ditto at Anime Vice. The New York Times picks up the story but fails to credit the message board and fansite that originally broke the story. Not good journalism, NYT!
Tokyopop held one of their periodic webinars yesterday, and the big news to come out of it is that they are licensing Neko Ramen. At Panel Patter, Rob runs through some of the other highlights, including news of future licensing plans, the sorts of books they are looking to publish, etc. Interesting stuff.
Melinda Beasi announces an upcoming Banana Fish Roundtable at Manga Bookshelf and suggests that readers check out the books now so they can follow along at home.
Attention Tezuka fans: Kate Dacy is giving away four copies of MW at The Manga Critic. Click here for instructions on how to enter.
Reviews: The Manga Recon team posts their weekly Manga Minis, featuring some Shonen Sunday series and a bit of shoujo.
Leroy Douresseaux on 9th Sleep (The Comic Book Bin)
Julie on vol. 2 of The Big Adventures of Majoko (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Dave Ferraro on vol. 1 of Biomega (Comics-and-More)
Erica Friedman on vol. 19 of Comic Yuri Hime (Okazu)
Connie on vol. 6 of Gestalt (Slightly Biased Manga)
Todd on Haru Hana Complete Collection (Anime Maki)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 3 of I Hate You More Than Anyone! (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Kristin on vols. 1 and 2 of Millennium Prime Minister (Bento Bako Weekly)
Kate Dacey on MW (The Manga Critic)
Jennifer Dunbar on vol. 1 of Selfish Mr. Mermaid (A word is a unit of language)
Tangognat on vol. 1 of Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee (Tangognat)
Tiamat’s Disciple on Tricky Prince (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Snow Wildsmith on U Don’t Know Me (Fujoshi Librarian)
Tiamat’s Disciple on vol. 1 of Yaoi Hentai (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Tiamat’s Disciple on vol. 1 of Yellow 2 (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)