Books for Mushishi fans, the One Piece surge, and translating humor

Ed Sizemore rounds up the latest additions to the Manga Moveable Feast at Comics Worth Reading, while David Welsh suggests some alternatives that fans of Mushishi might enjoy.

At the librarian site EarlyWord, Robin Brenner explains why there were five volumes of One Piece on last week’s NYT best-seller list and none this week, and how publishers are trying to deal with scanlations.

Helen McCarthy takes a look at the life and work of manga artist Ryohei Saigan, who received an award from the Japanese government this year, and who is almost unheard of in the U.S.—except by one lucky group of schoolchildren in Illinois in the 1980s.

Julie Opipari, proprietress of the Manga Maniac Cafe, has a new column at Blog@Newsarama, titled Your Manga Minute. In her first column, she discusses what anime cons and horse shows have in common.

David Welsh starts a new round of the alphabet with a look at seinen manga that begin with the letter A at The Manga Curmudgeon.

Translators Alethea and Athena Nibley discuss the art and science of translating comedy at Manga Life.

News from Japan: ANN has the latest Japanese comics rankings.

Reviews: Carlo Santos takes on a new crop of manga in his latest Right Turn Only!! column. Kristin takes a look at more of Digital’s Harlequin manga at Comic Attack.

Danica Davidson on vols. 1-3 of Absolute Boyfriend (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Snow Wildsmith on vols. 1-10 of Angel Diary (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Snow Wildsmith on Blood+ Kowloon Nights (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 9 of B.O.D.Y. (The Comic Book Bin)
Snow Wildsmith on vol. 1 of Bokurano: Ours (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Melinda Beasi on vol. 2 of Crown of Love (Manga Bookshelf)
Chloe Ferguson on vols. 1 and 2 of Eureka Seven Manga Collection (Manga Recon)
Erica Friedman on vol. 2 of Jormungand (Okazu)
Sean Gaffney on vols. 1 and 2 of Karakuri Odette (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
D.M. Evans on vol. 1 of Laon (Manga Jouhou)
Andre on vol. 2 of Oninagi (Kuriousity)

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  1. Thanks, Brigid! That covers all the Harlequin books they have up so far, but I’ve been told there will be more in May, and then several a month from now on.