The Manga Bookshelf bloggers discuss their Picks of the Week.
Kristy Valenti discusses theatrical influences on two Osamu Tezuka manga, Princess Knight and The Book of Human Insects.
Deb Aoki posts a guide to comics gifts that support good causes.
News from Japan: Be x Boy 13* includes a story by the French manga-ka Eternal-S; you can check out more of her work, including the cover of her Black Butler doujinshi, on Deviantart. The second issue of Cocohana will include Setona Mizushiro’s Nōnai Poison Berry along with a number of other series, both new and carried over from its predecessor magazine Chorus. Maki Murakami has returned to work on Kanpai! after ten years; the first chapter of the relaunched series appeared in this week’s issue of Comic Spica. Nodame Cantabile manga-ka Tomoko Ninomiya gave birth to a baby boy on November 24.
Connie on About Love (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 3 of Ai Ore (Slightly Biased Manga)
David Brothers on Blue Exorcist (Comics Alliance)
Jeff Jackson Ian Johnson on Breathe Deeply (Comic Attack)
Kristin on vol. 1 of Dawn of the Arcana (Comic Attack)
Connie on vol. 4 of House of Five Leaves (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 4 of Mars (Slightly Biased Manga)
Matthew Warner on vol. 6 of Rosario + Vampire, Season II (The Fandom Post)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 7 of Toriko (ANN)
*Correction: This is the French Be x Boy, not the Japanese edition, so I guess I should put it in the News from France section. Thanks to JRB in the comments for setting me straight!