This post is late because there was so much news today that every time I thought I was finished, something new would come up. Like this: A manga publisher is on the block, and speculation is leaning toward Aurora, which just asked Netcomics to pull all its series off the site. Aurora fits the profile in the ad: it is a Southern California-based manga publisher founded in 2006 that is a direct subsidiary of a Japanese publisher. The only other publisher that fits those criteria is Viz, and I don’t think they are available for $300,000. Commentary from Simon Jones, Gia Manry, and ANN senior news editor Egon Loo, who states that Aurora is not for sale.
Speaking of wild speculation, Ed Chavez dropped some hints about Vertical’s new releases at Anime Boston last week, and the ANN forum has been churning out possibilities ever since.
The umpteenth article about Kami no Shizuku (Drops of the Gods), the wine manga, mentions something that is news to me: The creators say there will be an English version by the end of the year. Someone recently explained to me why this manga would never be published in the U.S., which means it’s about due—although “English version” could mean it will be published in any English-speaking country. It is published by Kodansha, which gives us a limited range of possible U.S. licensors and raises the possibility they might publish it under their Kodansha USA imprint. David Welsh is pleased. (Spotted by sharp-eyed Anna at 2 screenshot limit.)
UPDATE: And I forgot to mention that Seven Seas has rescued two licenses, Gunslinger Girl and Blood Alone.
Lori Henderson rounds up this week’s kid-friendly comics and manga at Good Comics for Kids.
The NY Times best-seller list is up, and the usual suspects are there—Naruto, Bleach, and Black Butler, which is on the list for the 10th week—does nobody read my reviews?? At Early Word, Robin Brenner questions the inconsistencies in the list, noting that L: Change the World, a light novel, made the list but Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s A Drifting Life was listed as a softcover graphic novel, not manga.
Johanna Draper Carlson checks out the latest Previews and finds it full of cats.
David Brothers takes a look at Tsutomu Nihei, the creator of Noise and Blame!, whose most recent work is Wolverine: Snikt! Yes, that Wolverine.
Meanwhile, David Welsh has two new license requests, both from Hakusensha’s LaLa.
Kate Dacey paid a visit to the exhibit Korean Comics: A Society Through Small Frames, and she records her observations at The Manga Critic.
News from Japan: Say Hello to Black Jack manga-ka Shuho Sato has opened up his web manga site to other creators.
Michelle Smith on Adolf 3: The Half-Aryan (Soliloquy in Blue)
Zack Davisson on vol. 2 of Alice in the Country of Hearts (Manga Life)
Connie on vol. 4 of Astral Project (Slightly Biased Manga)
Rob McMonigal on vol. 3 of Bleach (Panel Patter)
Snow Wildsmith on vol. 1 of Bunny Drop (Fujoshi Librarian)
Erica Friedman on vol. 1 of Gunjo (Okazu)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 14 of Hayate the Combat Butler (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Anna on vols. 1 and 2 of Love*Com (2 screenshot limit)
Charles Webb on vol. 1 of Maoh: Juvenile Remix (Manga Life)
Rob McMonigal on vol. 5 of Nana (Panel Patter)
Daniele Leigh on vols. 4-8 of Pluto (Comics Should Be Good)
Tangognat on vol. 1 of Ratman (Tangognat)
Richard Bruton on Red Snow (Forbidden Planet)
Lori Henderson on the April and May issues of Shonen Jump (Manga Xanadu)
Todd Douglass on vol. 11 of Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning (Anime Maki)
David Welsh on vol. 1 of Twin Spica and vol. 1 of Saturn Apartments (The Manga Curmudgeon)
Connie on vol. 10 of We Were There (Slightly Biased Manga)
Rob McMonigal on Yellow 2 Episode 1 (Panel Patter)
Rob McMonigal on vol. 3 of Yotsuba&! (Panel Patter)
Susan S. on vols. vol. 1 and 2 of ZE (Manga Jouhou)