New releases and a look at the American manga scene

Last week saw some interesting new manga releases, with vol. 5 of Sailor Moon and two intriguing new manga, Shigeru Mizuki’s NonNonBa and the first volume of Flowers of Evil. I took a look at the list at MTV Geek, and Lissa Pattillo does likewise in her latest On the Shelf column at Otaku USA.

Deb Aoki talks to Shonen Jump editor-in-chief Andy Nakatani about the reboot of Rurouni Kenshin, which will appear in Shonen Jump Alpha.

Deb is also kicking off a series of posts about the homegrown manga scene in North America and why it is so hard for creators to make a living. She starts off with an overview of the problem.

The Digital Manga blog has a brief interview with manga-ka Rizu Natsumizu, creator of Good Morning.

Jason Thompson discusses Dragon Head in his latest House of 1000 Manga column at ANN.

At Manga Therapy, Tony Yao puts Dragonball Z‘s Son Gohan on the couch.

Adam Stephanides has just noticed something interesting about Kinecomica.

News from Japan: The winners of the 36th Kodansha Manga Awards have been announced; the only one that is licensed in the U.S. is Ema Toyama’s Watashi ni xx Shinasai! (Missions of Love), which will be published by Kodansha later this year. Kuragehime (Princess Jellyfish) and Omo ni Naitemasu will go on hold while manga-ka Akiko Higashimura recovers from a finger injury. The good news is that she is on the mend and will be back to work soon.


Connie on vol. 20 of 20th Century Boys (Slightly Biased Manga)
Justin on vol. 2 of Anesthesiologist Hana (Organization Anti-Social Geniuses)
Connie on vol. 10 of Bakuman (Slightly Biased Manga)
Drew McCabe on the end of Bakuman (Comic Attack)
John Rose on vol. 8 of Black Butler (The Fandom Post)
Serdar Yegulalp on vol. 1 of The Flowers of Evil (Genji Press)
Ash Brown on vol. 1 of Fullmetal Alchemist (omnibus edition) (Experiments in Manga)
Jocelyne Allen on Kaze no Ki to Uta (Song of the Wind and the Trees) (Brain Vs. Book)
Patricia Beard on King’s Moon: The Life of Akechi Mitsuhide (The Fandom Post)
Kimi-chan on Love Is Also for the Imperfect (The Kimi-chan Experience)
Connie on A Lovely Day with Yuri-Sensei (Slightly Biased Manga)
John Rose on vol. 3 of Negima (The Fandom Post)
Connie on vol. 2 of Our Everlasting (Slightly Biased Manga)
Lori Henderson on vols. 6-10 of Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning (Manga Xanadu)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 9 of Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee (The Comic Book Bin)
Connie on vol. 14 of We Were There (Slightly Biased Manga)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vols. 1 and 2 of Young Miss Holmes Casebook (Comics Worth Reading)

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