It was bad news, then good news for Digital Manga, which was informed earlier this week that Amazon was suspending their Kindle account. Digital has been publishing quite a bit of manga in digital format, including Kindle, so this would be a blow to them and their readers; furthermore, as they point out in their blog post, there is a lot of other adult content on Amazon that doesn’t seem to be threatened. The good news is that they were informed yesterday that their account has been restored, although Amazon cautioned that it could be terminated at any time if their content violates Amazon’s guidelines.
License rescue news! Viz has confirmed with ANN that they have licensed 07-Ghost, a shonen fantasy series that was originally published in English by Go! Comi. Lori Henderson explains why that’s awesome at Manga Xanadu.
Jason Thompson takes on Pretty Face, the story of a boy who fell in love with a girl—and woke up looking like her twin sister—in his latest House of 1000 Manga column at ANN. Thompson also guests on the ANNcast, talking about his years as a manga editor, his own graphic novels, and what he thinks of the industry now.
The next Manga Moveable Feast is coming up; it will feature the work of Jiro Taniguchi and will be hosted at Manga Worth Reading.
Anna has been checking out some manga-themed podcasts at Manga Report.
AstroNerdBoy looks at the fates of several different series and wonders whether bad endings or the time lag between Japanese and U.S. publication hurt some manga.
Derek Bown’s latest Combat Commentary focuses on a recent chapter of One Piece.
In case you were wondering what Stu Levy has been up to since the implosion of Tokyopop, here is an L.A. Times article about his experiences during and after the Japan earthquake and the movie he made about it.
Manga fan Neokitty shows off her manga stash to The Manga Critic.
If you’re heading to WonderCon this week—or maybe just thinking about it—Deb Aoki has a rundown of the attractions for manga and anime lovers.
Kanata Konami, the creator of Chi’s Sweet Home, will make her first North American appearance at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival in May.
News from Japan: Ai Kano has announced a spinoff to Your and My Secret, which will run as a webcomic on Mag Garden’s Web Comic Beat and will feature the four main characters from the original story.
Reviews: Melanie Valdivieso, Tommy Pfeiffer and Omar Valdivieso post some quick reviews of recent manga at About Heroes. Other reviews of note:
Anna on vol. 7 of Blade of the Immortal (Manga Report)
Leroy Douresseaux on Bleach MASKED: Official Character Book 2 (The Comic Book Bin)
Kate Dacey on vols. 2 and 3 of A Bride’s Story (The Manga Critic)
Jocelyne Allen on Chokodoshujin (Brain Vs. Book)
Anna on vol. 3 of Dawn of the Arcana (Manga Report)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of The Earl and the Fairy (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Erica Friedman on vol. 2 of Hoshikawa Ginza Yon-choume (Okazu)
Anna on vol. 12 of Otomen (Manga Report)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Poor Poor Lips (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 3 of Sailor Moon (ANN)
TSOTE on vol. 21 of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei (Three Steps Over Japan)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 20 of Slam Dunk (The Comic Book Bin)
Tony Yao on solanin (Manga Therapy)
Kristin on vol. 1 of Soulless (Comic Attack)