Fantagraphics has signed a deal with Shogakukan to publish a line of manga edited by Matt Thorn. First on the list is a volume of Moto Hagio short stories, A Drunken Dream. At his own blog, Matt lists the stories he has chosen for that volume, reveals that Takako Shimura’s Wandering Son will also be in the series, and shows us the covers. Simon Jones speculates a bit as to what the new line may be like at the Icarus blog, and Christopher Butcher puts it into context and provides more details at Comics212. And ANN piles on with the news that Hagio will be a guest at this year’s Comic-Con.
Lori Henderson rounds up the past week’s manga news at Manga Xanadu. Erica Friedman presents another edition of Yuri Network News at Okazu. And Melinda Beasi looks over the March reviews in her Manhwa Monday roundup.
The Manga Curmudgeon, David Welsh, explains why he doesn’t read scanlations and adds some legitimate online initiatives he’d like to see.
Akemi discusses learning about wine and Go from manga at Myth and Manga.
News from Japan: Kannagi creator Eri Takenashi is unable to continue the series at the moment, due to serious health problems, but her brother Shinichi Yuhki is starting up a spinoff titled Kanpachi, which will run in Monthly Comic Rex. Canned Dogs is pleased. And both Zipang creator Kaiji Kawaguchi and Suppli manga-ka Mari Okazaki are working on new series.
Reviews: The Manga Recon team checks out a varied array of manga in their latest Manga Minis column.
Kristin on 9th Sleep (Comic Attack)
Noah Berlatsky on All My Darling Daughters (The Comics Journal)
Danielle Leigh on vol. 1 of Arata the Legend (Comics Should Be Good)
David Welsh on vol. 1 of Arata: The Legend (The Manga Curmudgeon)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 30 of Bleach (Kuriousity)
Julie on Blood Honey (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Julie on vol. 5 of Bride of the Water God (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Tiamat’s Disciple on vol. 1 of Bunny Drop (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Erica Friedman on ChinMan (Okazu)
Snow Wildsmith on Croquis (Fujoshi Librarian)
Tangognat on vol. 1 of Crown of Love (Tangognat)
Jaime Samms on Desire – Dangerous Feelings (Kuriousity)
Shannon Fay on Dog x Cat (Kuriousity)
Dave Ferraro on vol. 18 of Hikaru no Go (Comics-and-More)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 8 of The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (Comics Worth Reading)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 17 of Love*Com (Comics Worth Reading)
Tiamat’s Disciple on A Most Suitable Wife (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Julie on vol. 1 of My Darling! Miss Bancho (Manga Maniac Cafe)
M. on not simple (coffeeandink)
Michelle Smith on vols. 16-18 of One Piece (Soliloquy in Blue)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 35 of One Piece (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Michelle Smith on vol. 4 of Phantom Dream (Soliloquy in Blue)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 1 of Stepping on Roses (Kuriousity)
Jennifer Dunbar on vols. 1 and 2 of Sugar Princess (A word is a unit of language)
Erica Freidman on vol. 5 of Tsubomi (Okazu)