I’m not sure how I missed this, but Kai-Ming Cha has an excellent interview with Matt Thorn, who is editing a new line of manga for Fantagraphics, at PWCW. I liked this:
My approach is to publish smart, artistic but accessible work that is well translated and has high production values. This goes against the trend that was started by Tokyopop (who reached new audiences by cutting production costs and lowering the cost of trade paperbacks), but it also, in my mind, is the logical follow-up to that trend.
There’s a place in the world for both, IMHO.
According to the creators involved, Del Rey has canceled its Marvel manga series, X-Men: Misfits and Wolverine: Prodigal Son. Deb Aoki rounds up the X-Men story, which started from a tip at MoCCA and was confirmed on Twitter, and Wolverine: Prodigal Son writer Antony Johnson confirms the demise of his book on his blog.
More signs of life at DramaQueen: LadyQ goes on the forums to say that DQ will relaunch the global yaoi anthology Rush but “it will be a bit different.” Therefore they are offering subscribers the choice of rolling over the unexpired portion of their subscriptions to the new magazine or taking the value in credit for DQ books.
David Welsh wonders why the Eisner nominations for Best Publication for Teens never includes any manga, and he also comes up with his own slate for the Best U.S. Edition of International Material — Asia category.
Kate Dacey recommends ten manhwa you won’t want to miss at The Manga Critic.
Akemi takes a look at gender switches in manga in Myth and Manga.
Daniella Orihuela-Gruber describes her life as a manga editor at All About Manga.
Johanna Draper Carlson test-drives the new Bento Comics website and finds a few glitches.
Melinda Beasi checks in with her con report on Anime Boston.
Jason Yadao rounds up some late additions to Kawaii Kon.
Erica Friedman is giving away two volumes of yuri manga to the person who comes up with the best guest list for an imaginary tea party.
Reviews: Ed Sizemore and Johanna Draper Carlson discuss Pluto in the latest Manga Out Loud podcast.
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 1 of Arata (Kuriousity)
Alan David Doane on Black Blizzard (Trouble With Comics)
Grant Goodman on vol. 1 of Hanako and the Terror of Allegory (Manga Recon)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 8 of I Hate You More Than Anyone! (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Connie on vol. 4 of Kimi ni Todoke (Slightly Biased Manga)
Rob McMonigal on vol. 1 of Land of the Blindfolded (Panel Patter)
Connie on vol. 2 of The Lapis Lazuli Crown (Slightly Biased Manga)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Manga for the Beginner: Chibis (Comics Worth Reading)
Ed Sizemore on Mechademia 4: War/Time (Comics Worth Reading)
Todd Douglass on vol. 2 of Mikansei No. 1 (Anime Maki)
Diana Dang on vols. 1 and 2 of Mixed Vegetables (Stop, Drop, and Read!)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on not simple (i heart manga)
Sean Gaffney on vols. 40 and 41 of One PIece (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Melinda Beasi on vol. 10 of One Thousand and One Nights (Manga Bookshelf)
Connie on vol. 1 of Otodama; Voice from the Dead (Manga Recon)
Lori Henderson on vols. 1-7 of Pichi Pichi Pitch Mermaid Melody (Manga Xanadu)
Greg McElhatton on Ristorante Paradiso (Read About Comics)
Julie Opipari on vol. 20 of Skip Beat! (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Deb Aoki on vol. 1 of Spice & Wolf (About.com)
Ai Kano on vol. 1 of Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee (Animanga Nation)