At Comic Book Resources, Kiel Phegley talks to Yen Press co-publisher Kurt Hassler about the manga market overall and the success of Twilight: The Graphic Novel. And yes, he does ask about the lettering. More importantly, Kurt points out that despite the gloomy news this week, manga made up 60% of graphic novel sales tracked by Bookscan last year.
Kate Dacey provides us with the day’s links to Manga Moveable Feast posts about To Terra, and she also reviews another series by the same creator, Andromeda Stories. David Welsh’s essay on To Terra goes beyond the book itself to consider questions of genre and audience and to note that although it’s a shonen manga it has a hint of shonen-ai.
Dark Horse is running a series right now at Facebook where editors talk about their favorite manga; the latest selection is Tim Ervin on Ghost Talker’s Daydream, and it includes a bit of news—the series, which was cancelled a year and a half ago, will be returning in September.
Dave Carter looks at DC’s decision to close CMX Manga in the context of the company as a whole and where they expect to make their money—from properties they own and can spin into movies and TV shows, not from properties they license and can only make into comics. The future he predicts for DC is kinda grim.
Meanwhile, Julie Opipari lists the CMX manga worth seeking out before they disappear.
Gottsu-Iiyan looks at the manga slump and traces it back to problems in the anime industry and a lack of good content in Japan.
The Yaoi Review has the latest Yaoi-Con updates.
Reviews: Carlo Santos leads us through the good, the bad, and the mediocre in his latest Right Turn Only!! column at ANN.
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Broken Blade (Manga Xanadu)
Zack Davisson on vol. 2 of Deadman Wonderland (Japan Reviewed)
Penny Kenny on vol. 1 of Flower in a Storm (Manga Life)
AstroNerdBoy on vol. 10 of Gakuen Alice (AstroNerdBoy’s Anime and Manga Blog)
Zack Davisson on Haru Hana: The Complete Collection (Manga Life)
Rachel on vol. 1 of Hey Class President! (Manga Jouhou)
Anna on vol. 1 of Library Wars: Love and War (2 screenshot limit)
Connie on vol. 8 of Real (Slightly Biased Manga)
Shannon Fay on vol. 1 of Right Here, Right Now (Kuriousity)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 1 of Saturn Apartments (The Comic Book Bin)
Snow Wildsmith on vol. 1 of Stepping on Roses and vol. 1 of Flower in a Storm (Good Comics for Kids)
Connie on vol. 7 of Vagabond (VizBig edition) (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on Vagabond Illustration Collection: Sumi (Slightly Biased Manga)
Erica Friedman on vol. 20 of Yuri Hime (Okazu)