Kate Dacey has some summer reading suggestions in her latest Good Manga for Kids column.
San Diego Comic-Con starts today, technically, with Preview Day. It can be a bit overwhelming, but fortunately, Deb Aoki is here to get your priorities straight with her list of the Top 20 manga must-sees at SDCC. ANN has a more comprehensive anime and manga fan’s guide to the weekend’s events. Meanwhile, Erica Friedman and David Welsh fantasize about manga licenses they would like to see (but probably won’t) at SDCC.
Matt Blind posts the past week’s comics rankings, based on online sales, at Rocket Bomber.
Here’s an interesting, longish post on the struggles of the Dutch-language manga industry in Belgium, where comics still are mainly for kids, and fans think of English as the natural language for anime and manga.
News from Japan: ANN brings news of some new manga from veteran manga-ka, with the creators of Hellsing and Venus Versus Virus, among others, launching new series in the near future.
Reviews: Melinda Beasi reviews Garden Dreams as part of Fumi Yoshinaga Week at Manga Bookshelf.
Emily on 1LDK ♥ Shitsuji (Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page)
Shannon Fay on Age Called Blue (Kuriousity)
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Black Butler (Manga Xanadu)
Sesho on vol. 2 of Blame! (Sesho’s Anime and Manga Reviews)
Zoey on Cute Devil (Manga Jouhou)
Charles Webb on Darker than Black (Manga Life)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 23 of Fullmetal Alchemist (The Comic Book Bin)
Zack Davisson on vol. 3 of Happy Cafe (Japan Reviewed)
Carlo Santos on vol. 26 of Negima! (ANN)
Sesho on vols. 3 and 4 of The Prince of Tennis (Sesho’s Anime and Manga Reviews)
Katherine Farmar on vol. 1 of Reversible (Comics Village)