Yotsuba and… the Manga Moveable Feast

The Manga Moveable Feast continues, hosted by Good Comics for Kids and joined by quality comics blogs everywhere. At the host blog, all of us go at it in a roundtable on reviewing kids’ manga, and Robin Brenner discusses who Yotsuba&! appeals to. Melinda Beasi and Michelle Smith discuss several manga for kids, including Yotsuba&!, in their latest Off the Shelf column at Manga Bookshelf. Erica Friedman takes Yotsuba&! in context and decides it has something for everyone, not just kids, at Okazu. Alex Leavitt tackles the same question at Department of Alchemy. At Comics Village, Lori Henderson rounds up all the children’s manga her team has reviewed in the past few years. All this month’s MMF posts are archived here.

Also at Good Comics for Kids, Lori Henderson has the list of this week’s new all-ages comics and manga.

Sean Gaffney looks ahead to next week’s new manga.

David Welsh reaches the letter G in his seinen alphabet, and his license request for the week is Gokusen.

Deb Aoki goes all meta on us with a look at 15 manga about making manga.

Ken Akamatsu discusses his schedule and talks a little bit about how he makes the magic in this short video (subtitled) at Masters of Manga.

At Manga Therapy, Tony Yao looks at nihilism in Bleach, as embodied by the character Ulquiorra Cifer.

Matt Blind compiles his list of the top 500 manga (online sales) for the past week, and then he takes a look at how Dark Horse is doing.

Alt-manga artist Akino Kondoh will appear at MangaNEXT in New Jersey next month, together with M. Alice LeGrow (Bizenghast), Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), and Lea Hernandez (Texas Steampunk). Kondoh’s work appeared in the first volume of Top Shelf’s AX anthology.

Reviews: EvilOmar launches the long weekend with some short manga reviews at About Heroes.

Billy Aguiar on vols. 1-3 of Alice in the Country of Hearts (Prospero’s Manga)
Michelle Smith on vol. 1 of Bakuman (Comics Should Be Good)
Lori Henderson on vols. 1 and 2 of Chi’s Sweet Home (Manga Xanadu)
Lori Henderson on vols. 1 and 2 of Dinosaur King (Comics Village)
David Welsh on A Drunken Dream and Other Stories (The Manga Curmudgeon)
Andrew Cunningham on Halcyon Lunch (Eastern Standard)
Julie Opipari on vol. 5 of Honey Hunt (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Tangognat on vol. 1 of House of Five Leaves (Tangognat)
Andre on vol. 9 of Magic Touch (Kuriousity)
Andrew Cunningham on Mysterious Girlfriend X 6 (Eastern Standard)
Connie on Tenken (Slightly Biased Manga)
Ken Haley on vol. 2 of Vampire Hunter D (Sequential Ink)

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  1. I’m a little disappointed that you didn’t include my review of Drunken Dream in your post, especially since mine showed up just below David Welsh’s review in the comments.

  2. Forgot this – I also meant to show this link which showed the reason DC got rid of the CMX Manga line.

    “We looked at a number of different alternatives. We talked to a number of key publishers there about alternatives and then we couldn’t make the numbers work. The numbers on CMX were, comparatively, super low compared to the rest of our offerings and just reached a point where it made more sense for us to be out of the business than to continue struggling with it.” -Jim Lee