You know, there is a section of the blogsophere where DC Comics has become known chiefly as the company that shut down CMX. If you’re wondering why everyone is so bummed about this, check out Kate Dacey’s roundup of their tween- and teen-friendly titles at Good Comics for Kids. At Mania.com, three editors put together their list of 20 must-have CMX series. I’m seeing more reviews pop up of individual CMX titles as well; it would be ironic if their sales went up now that DC has shut them down—and even taken down their website. In fact, DC has already airbrushed all their books right off their site, as if they never existed—they don’t even show up in the search engine, although they are supposedly not shutting down CMX until July 1. Classy.
For the bigger picture, check out former Yen Press co-publisher (and former DC vp of sales) Rich Johnson’s essay on what’s going on with the manga market. It’s good stuff, for the most part, although I argue with him a bit at Robot 6.
Sesho pushes back on the criticism of CMX, maintaining that manga simply isn’t popular. It’s an interesting point of view, maintaining that manga is a niche rather than trying to be the manga missionary to the world, like most of the rest of us do.
Melinda Beasi has all the latest manhwa news, including some discussions of scanlation, in this week’s Manhwa Monday update.
Kate Dacey looks at this week’s new manga.
J. Caleb Mozzocco uses the manhwa Comic as a window into the Korean comics industry. Maybe not a very good window…
Patrick Macias posts a sampling of Go Nagai’s art from a Japanese artbook at his blog.
News from Japan: Hunter x Hunter will be going on hiatus, according to Canned Dogs.
Reviews: Speaking of J. Caleb Mozzocco, as we were just a minute ago, he reviews the first volumes of Comic and Alice 19th at Every Day Is Like Wednesday. Johanna Draper Carlson looks at some manga-influenced graphic novels (including Red String doujinshi!) at Comics Worth Reading. Bad Jew has two ultra-micro-mini reviews of new Viz releases at Sleep Is For the Weak. And the Manga Recon bloggers take a quick look at some new titles in their latest Manga Minis column.
Sophie Stevens on vol. 2 of Biomega (Animanga Nation)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 2 of Black Butler (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Jennifer LeBlanc on vol. 5 of Breath (The Yaoi Review)
Jones on vol. 1 of Detroit Metal Cityle (Let’s you and him fight)
Leroy Douresseaux on Dry Heat (The Comic Book Bin)
Johanna Draper Carlson in vol. 1 of Flower in a Storm (Comics Worth Reading)
Tangognat on Fruits Basket Banquet and Songs to Make You Smile (Tangognat)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 1 of I’ll Give It My All… Tomorrow (The Comic Book Bin)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 1 of The King of Cards (Kuriousity)
Greg McElhatton on vol. 1 of Kingyo Used Books (Read About Comics)
Deb Aoki on vols. 1 and 2 of Kobato (About.com)
Alex Woolfson on Loud Snow (Yaoi 911)
The Four-Eyed Stranger on MW (PopMatters)
Anna on vol. 1 of My Girlfriend’s a Geek (2 screenshot limit)
Nick Smith on vol. 1 of My Girlfriend’s a Geek (ICv2)
Zack Davisson on vol. 1 of Neko Ramen (Japan Reviewed)
Nick Smith on vol. 1 of Neko Ramen (ICv2)
Nick Smith on vol. 1 of Ratman (ICv2)
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Samurai Commando: Mission 1549 (Manga Xanadu)
Zoey on vol. 2 of Sarasah (Manga Jouhou)
Connie on vol. 10 of Slam Dunk (Slightly Biased Manga)
Dave Ferraro on vol. 1 of Stepping on Roses (Comics-and-More)