At PWCW, I talked to Dan Hipp and Peter David, the team behind the new Ben 10 graphic novel, as well as Del Rey editor Tricia Pasternak, about the new book and their stragegy for Cartoon Network properties. Also at PWCW, Kai-Ming Cha talks to Vertical’s Ed Chavez about Twin Spica, their sci-fi series that will launch in May.
The Comics Journal is publishing Matt Thorn’s interview with Moto Hagio (part 1, part 2), which first appeared in the shoujo manga issue of The Comics Journal. Also, Dirk Deppey answers some questions about Fantagraphics’ newly announced manga line, which is edited by Thorn and is launching with a volume of Hagio’s short manga.
David Welsh looks over this week’s new releases at The Manga Curmudgeon.
Daniella Orihuela-Gruber has some Tezuka license requests at All About Manga.
At Manic About Manga, Kris gets a detailed explanation of why vol. 5 of breath has been delayed.
Lori Henderson’s suggestion for avoiding scanlations: Learn Japanese.
News from Japan: Ryukishi07, the creator of Higurashi When They Cry, has a new horror series in the works.
Reviews: Pop over to Okazu this morning for Erica Friedman’s explanation of vol. 3 of Lucky Star and why she likes it better than the other volumes. Good stuff.
Connie on vol. 18 of Hikaru no Go (Slightly Biased Manga)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 4 of I Hate You More Than Anyone (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Sean T. Collins on vols. 6-18 of Monster (Attentiondeficitdisorderly Too Flat)
Connie on vol. 15 of Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation (Slightly Biased Manga)
Billy Aguiar on vol. 1 of My Darling! Miss Bancho (Prospero’s Manga)
Emily on vol. 1 of My Darling! Miss Bancho (Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page)
Eduardo Zacarias on vol. 47 of Naruto (Animanga Nation)
Greg McElhatton on One Piece: East Blue 1-2-3 (omnibus edition) (Read About Comics)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 6 of Pluto (I Reads You)
Deb Aoki on Ristorante Paradiso (About.com)
Leroy Douresseaux on Ristorante Paradiso (The Comic Book Bin)
Lissa Pattillo on Ristorante Paradiso (Kuriousity)
Nicola on vol. 1 of Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee (Back to Books)
Jennifer Dunbar on vol. 1 of Time and Again (Manga Recon)
D.M. Evans on Utahime (Manga Jouhou)
Connie on vol. 10 of Wild Act (Slightly Biased Manga)