FLCL omnibus in the works; pundits talk digital

Tune in to the latest Manga Out Loud podcast for a marathon talkfest on the topic of digital manga, hosted by Ed Sizemore and Johanna Draper Carlson and featuring Rob McMonigal, Alex Hoffman, Lissa Pattillo, and yours truly! Then bookmark the link, because Ed has compiled an incredibly comprehensive set of links to digital manga, both online and on mobile devices.

Lori Henderson takes a look at the past week’s all-ages comics and manga at Good Comics for Kids. At Manga Village, the crew looks over all of the past week’s new manga.

The Manga Bookshelf bloggers discuss their pick of the week, and they are choosing from a Viz-heavy list. And David Welsh looks at all of this week’s new manga.

David Welsh finds only one yaoi manga in the latest Previews.

Dark Horse Tweeted this weekend that they will be publishing a FLCL omnibus. ANN has a bit of background; the manga was published in two volumes by Tokyopop many moons ago, but Dark Horse’s will be done in one.

Matt Blind posts his manga rankings, based on online sales, for the week ending August 21. Sailor Moon tops the list, so I assume pre-orders are included.

GWOtaku reviews the JManga website at ToonZone.

Tomo Kimura shows off the front and back cover of a Saturn Apartments doujinshi by Hisae Iwaoka herself.

Three Steps Over Japan takes a look at Big Comic Spirits, home of Kurosagi and Oishinbo.

News from Japan: Recently we noted that Peach-Pit, the creators of Rozen Maiden and Shugo Charat!, contributed a previously unadvertised manga to Nakayoshi magazine; now comes word that that manga, Kugiko-san, is going to be an ongoing series. In other launch news, Yasu, the illustrator of the Toradora light novels, is starting a gag manga, Hokkenshitsu, set in a school nurse’s office, and Ryu Akizuki (Asura Cryin’) has a new manga, Mihahori Place, set to begin its run in Young Ace. The soccer manga Inazuma Eleven is coming to an end. Tamami Momose is drawing a 4-panel gag comic that’s a spinoff of the seinen manga Nana to Kaoru. There’s a new book out about the reclusive manga-ka Sanpei Shirato, creator of The Legend of Kamui. And what happens to manga after it’s read? Here’s an odd little video showing discarded manga by the side of the road.

Reviews: The Manga Bookshelf bloggers have a new column, Going Digital, in which they review not only the manga but also the reading experience, and they look at books on several platforms. Well worth checking out. They also have another set of Bookshelf Briefs ready to give you the bird’s eye lowdown on a big batch of recent releases. Ash Brown looks back at a week’s worth of manga reading at Experiments in Manga.

Ken Haley on vol. 2 of Angelic Runes (Sequential Ink)
Sheena McNeil on vol. 10 of Black Bird (Sequential Tart)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 36 of Bleach (The Comic Book Bin)
Erica Friedman on vol. 2 of Cardcaptor Sakura (omnibus edition) (Okazu)
Connie on vol. 10 of Detroit Metal City (Slightly Biased Manga)
Kristin on vol. 4 of Dorohedoro (Comic Attack)
Rebecca Silverman on Higurashi When They Cry: Demon Exposing Arc (ANN)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 14 of Higurashi When They Cry: Eye Opening Arc (ANN)
Kristin on I Give To You (Comic Attack)
Kristin on vol. 7 of Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit (Comic Attack)
Julie Opipari on vol. 7 of Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit (Manga Maniac Cafe)
J.J.S. Boyce on The Manga Guide to the Universe (Blogcritics)
Lori Henderson on vols. 3-7 of Raiders (Manga Village)
Connie on vol. 4 of The Story of Saiunkoku (Slightly Biased Manga)
Ed Sizemore on Tank Tankuro (Comics Worth Reading)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 6 of Ultimo (The Comic Book Bin)
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Vampire Cheerleaders/Paranormal Mystery Squad (Manga Xanadu)
Lori Henderson on vol. 3 of Warriors: Tigerstar and Sasha (Good Comics for Kids)
Sheena McNeil on vol. 17 of xxxHolic (Sequential Tart)
Connie on vol. 2 of Yellow (omnibus edition) (Slightly Biased Manga)

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  1. Preorders are included in the manga rankings because my sources (the online sales sites) include them — in fact, in most cases, it would be impossible to separate them out.

  2. The amount of Apple fanboy(or girl)-ism on that podcast is *extremely* grating.