It’s con season for sure, so let’s start with that: I rounded up the manga and anime news from Otakon at MTV Geek, Erin Finnegan has a podcast of her Unusual Manga Genres panel at the Ninja Consultant website, and Ed Sizemore reports on Friday at Otakon at Comics Worth Reading.
Deb Aoki reports on the Shonen Jump panel at San Diego Comic-Con, in which Weekly Shonen Jump editor Hisashi Sasaki critiqued storyboards sent in by readers.
Sharp-eyed Lori Henderson picks up on a second-time-around announcement at SDCC: Udon will publish a two-volume Sengoku Basara manga, a project they announced a few years ago but never followed through on.
Daniella Orihuela-Gruber takes a break from some heavy reading to ask her readers’ opinion: Can manga get too wordy? My take: If you’re asking that question, you have already answered it.
David Welsh wraps up the Manga Moveable Feast, which featured Fruits Basket this month, with Saturday and Sunday roundups. David also looks at this week’s new manga, and he winds up his josei alphabet with a look at books that start with the letter Z at The Manga Curmudgeon.
The Manga Village team looks at the best of the past week’s new manga.
Khursten Santos puts the spotlight on Iou Kuroda, creator of Sexy Voice and Robo, at Otaku Champloo.
News from Japan: Peach-Pit popped in unannounced to the September issue of Kodansha’s Nakayoshi magazine with the first installment of a two-chapter suspense manga titled Kugiko-san. The digital manga magazine Dengeki Comic Japan is running a digital manga competition with prizes in five categories. Three Steps Over Japan takes a look at Big Comic Superior. Tomo Kimura gives us a peek at the Jun Mochizuki exhibit at Animate Yokohama.
Reviews: Carlo Santos has plenty to say about a stack of new manga in his latest Right Turn Only!! column at ANN. Ash Brown looks at the past week’s manga reading at Experiments in Manga. In a Very Special Episode of The Manga Critic, Kate Dacey reviews some Short Takes from the past.
Danica Davidson on vol. 1 of The Betrayal Knows My Name (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Anna on Black Blizzard (Manga Report)
John Rose on vols. 14 and 15 of Black Jack (The Fandom Post)
Kate Dacey on vol. 1 of Blood+ (The Manga Critic)
Connie on vol. 4 of Challengers (Slightly Biased Manga)
Sakura Eries on vol. 25 of Fullmetal Alchemist (The Fandom Post)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 23 of Gin Tama (The Comic Book Bin)
Danica Davidson on vol. 1 of House of Five Leaves (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Kelakagandy on vol. 2 of I Am Here! (kelakagandy’s ramblings)
Julie Opipari on vol. 5 of Jack Frost (Manga Maniac Cafe)
John R. Platt on Japan as Viewed by 17 Creators (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Connie on vol. 2 of Kizuna (Slightly Biased Manga)
Erica Friedman on Love Gene Double X (Okazu)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 30 of Negima! (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 11 of Otomen (Comics Worth Reading)
Ai Kano on vol. 1 of Pluto (Animanga Nation)
Connie on vol. 1 of Seven Days (Slightly Biased Manga)
Lori Henderson on the August issue of Shonen Jump (Manga Xanadu)
Ben Leary on vols. 14 and 15 of Slam Dunk (The Fandom Post)
Theron Martin on vol. 4 of Spice & Wolf (ANN)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 4 of The Story of Saiunkoku (The Fandom Post)
Kristin on vol. 2 of Tenjho Tenge (Comic Attack)
Connie on vol. 2 of Tyrant Falls in Love (Slightly Biased Manga)