Inside the DMG; watch Kaoru Mori draw

I rounded up the past week’s manga news at MTV Geek, and Erica Friedman has the latest edition of Yuri Network News at Okazu.

Dutchie of the localization team BoysLoveBangBang provides an insider’s look at the Digital Manga Guild.

The Manga Village team looks at the past week’s new releases.

The Manga Bookshelf team discusses their latest Pick of the Week.

Kate Dacey looks at a curious artifact from the early days of manga: The Legend of Mother Sarah, which was released as both a floppy comic and a collected edition and fared a lot better in the latter format.

Matt Blind charts the manga best-sellers (online sales), and once again, Sailor Moon dominates the field.

Check out these videos of Kaoru Mori (Emma, A Bride’s Story) and Aki Irie (Blue school, Ran to Haiiro no Sekai) sketching characters from their manga.

David Welsh’s latest license request is Osamu Tezuka’s Barbara. With Halloween just around the corner, Connie has a horror manga in mind for her latest license request: Kazuo Umezu’s Fourteen.

David Welsh asks the readers: What are your favorite tear-jerkers?

News from Japan: Manga-ka Teruaki Mizuno will draw a manga series based on a Square Enix robot game for Shueisha’s Saikyō Jump magazine. The musician DAIGO will team up with his sister, who goes by Eiki Eiki (Train*Train), to create a manga titled Scissors Sisters, which will feature five magical girls who run a hair salon and use the tools of their trade to fight for world peace, when they aren’t trimming bangs and giving perms. Ghost in the Shell creator Mamoru Oshii is working on a manga/anime hybrid, a digital comic that will start as an iOS app and move on to other platforms. Sounds a lot like a motion comic to me!

Reviews: The Manga Bookshelf team checks out the latest digital manga in their monthly Going Digital column. Johanna Draper Carlson posts some short reviews of recent Viz releases at Comics Worth Reading. Ash Brown takes us through a week’s worth of manga reading at Experiments in Manga. And there’s a new set of Bookshelf Briefs up at Manga Bookshelf.

Rebecca Silverman on vol. 2 of Ai Ore! (ANN)
Leroy Douresseaux on The Art of Vampire Knight (I Reads You)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 36 of Bleach (ANN)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 1 of Cage of Eden (ANN)
Nick Smith on vol. 1 of Gon (ICv2)
Connie on vol. 2 of Gorgeous Carat (Slightly Biased Manga)
Lori Henderson on vols. 1-3 of Highschool of the Dead (Manga Xanadu)
Connie on Just Around the Corner (Slightly Biased Manga)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 5 of Kamisama Kiss (ANN)
Jennifer Ouellette on The Manga Guide to the Universe (Discovery News)
Sweetpea on Ode to Kirihito (Organization Anti-Social Geniuses)
Connie on vols. 8 and 9 of Please Save My Earth (Slightly Biased Manga)
Sam Kusek on vol. 1 of Sailor Moon (Spandexless)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 3 of Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura (ANN)
Connie on vol. 24 of Skip Beat! (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 1 of Spellbound (Slightly Biased Manga)
Greg McElhatton on Stargazing Dog (Read About Comics)
David Welsh on Stargazing Dog (The Manga Curmudgeon)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 4 of The Story of Saiunkoku (ANN)

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  1. ….So I guess they missed that “Scissors Sisters” is a euphemism for lesbians?