Fandom, food, and falling sales

Gia Manry looks at the recent shifts in the Japanese and U.S. markets, while Jonathan Clements points out that a drop in manga sales doesn’t necessarily mean the Japanese are reading fewer manga; there’s a robust secondhand market there.

Daniella Orihuela-Gruber continues the conversation on fans looking down on other fans at All About Manga.

Alex Hoffman contrasts the idealism of Oishinbo with the reality of American agriculture at Manga Widget.

Gina Gagliano discusses the Korean and U.S. covers for The Color of Earth at the First Second blog.

Viz will be releasing the sports manga Cross Game, beginning in October.

Reviews: Lori Henderson takes a quick look at Digital’s Harlequin e-manga at Manga Xanadu.

Julie Opipari on vol. 2 of Black Bird (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Matthew Brady on vols. 3 and 4 of Black Jack (Warren Peace Sings the Blues)
Carlo Santos on vol. 30 of Bleach (ANN)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 17 of Gin Tama (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Danielle Leigh on vols. 5 and 6 of Higurashi When They Cry (Comics Should Be Good)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 15 of Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs (Comics Worth Reading)
Rob on vols. 1-7 of Lament of the Lamb (Panel Patter)
Rob on vol. 4 of Nana (Panel Patter)
Billy Aguiar on Only One Wish (Prospero’s Manga)
Diana Dang on Only One Wish (Stop, Drop, and Read!)
Todd Douglass on vol. 1 of Red Hot Chili Samurai (Anime Maki)
Sarah Boslaugh on vol. 1 of The Reformed (PLAYBACK:stl)
Eric Robinson on vol. 1 of Tena on S-String (Manga Jouhou)
Chris Sims on Twilight: The Graphic Novel (Comics Alliance)

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