Character studies

cvr_blueWe all know that not all manga features characters with enormous eyes, but Paul Gravett has a conversation with one of the uninitiated and then lists six less stylized manga.

Lori Henderson rounds up the week’s manga news at Manga Xanadu.

The Manga Village team make their picks from the latest round of new releases.

David Welsh discusses the character of Nami in One Piece.

Akemi explains how manga creators make their characters interesting at Myth and Manga.

Sean Gaffney has posted a really nice guide to Japanese publishers, including which American companies they work with and how you can tell who publishes which magazine by the title.

News from Japan: I think I mentioned this last week, but ANN reports on a Strike Witches manga that will be launching soon, along with several other series.


Susan S. on vols. 8 and 9 of The Antique Gift Shop (Manga Jouhou)
Michelle Smith on vols. 9-11 of Black Cat (Soliloquy in Blue)
Rob McMonigal on vol. 1 of Blue Sheep Reverie (Panel Patter)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Bunny Drop (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Julie Opipari on vol. 1 of Bunny Drop (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Alexander Hoffman on vol. 1 of Butterflies, Flowers (Comics Village)
Rob McMonigal on vol. 2 of Children of the Sea (Panel Patter)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 6 of Excel Saga (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Bill Sherman on vol. 2 of Happy Cafe (Pop Culture Gadabout)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 6 of I Hate You More Than Anyone (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vols. 1 and 2 of Ichigenme… The First Class Is Civil Law (Comics Worth Reading)
Nancy Thistlethwaite on vol. 1 of Itazura Na Kiss (Manga Bookshelf)
Kate Dacey on Little Butterfly (The Manga Critic)
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Raiders (Comics Village)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 1 of Twin Spica (i heart manga)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 6 of You’re So Cool! (Kuriousity)

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