New manga software, why manga gets boring, and a peek at an editor’s collection

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

Jason Thompson devotes his latest House of 1000 Manga column to an extended review of the new ComiPo! manga creation software, and he uses it to make his own comic about the legal problems that manga readers face. Otaku no Podcast has a video as well.

Manga editor Daniella Orihuela-Gruber shows off her manga collection at Manga Bookshelf.

Deb Aoki started an interesting Twitter discussion on why manga can be banal and boring, and what can be done about it.

Alex Hoffman weighs in on JManga at Manga Widget.

News from Japan: CLAMP is collaborating with the singer Gackt to create a stage play titled Moon Saga Yoshitsune Hiden (Moon Saga: The Secret of Yoshitsune); they will also produced a manga series based on the same story. Weekly Shonen Champion will start serializing Resident Evil/Biohazard Marhawa Desire, which ties in to the game franchise of the same name, in February.

Reviews: Melinda Beasi and Michelle Smith discuss Arata: The Legend, xxxHolic, and Cross Game in their latest Off the Shelf column at Manga Bookshelf.

Ed Sizemore on vol. 1 of Codename Sailor V and vol. 1 of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (Comics Worth Reading)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Ekiben Hitoritabi (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Kristin on vols. 1 and 2 of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Comic Attack)
TSOTE on vol. 2 of Taimashin (Three Steps Over Japan)
Katherine Farmar on Tired of Waiting for Love (Manga Village)
Voitachewski on Yuichi Yokoyama’s Travel (Voyage in French) (du9)

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