Mile-high MangaBlog

This edition of MangaBlog is comes to you from 36,000 feet above Wyoming—I’m on my way to San Francisco for a few days, so I took advantage of the in-flight WiFi. Please enjoy a complimentary beverage while you read today’s manga news.

Deb Aoki is blogging up a storm at, where she is discussing the difficulties that face non-Japanese manga creators. In parts 2 and 3 of her series, she considers whether OEL manga is really manga and whether art school prepares would-be creators for the practical aspects of making a living in the biz.

Lissa Pattillo shows off her swag bag from TCAF at Kuriousity.

The Manga Bookshelf bloggers (myself included) discuss our picks of the week.

At Slightly Biased Manga, Connie looks at the theme of thieves in manga.

Lori Henderson celebrates National Pet Month with a look at manga that feature pets.

Monthly Shonen Sirius

Three Steps Over Japan takes a peek between the covers of Monthly Shonen Sirius.

Justin and Kuuki discuss how they got into manga at Organization Anti-Social Geniuses.

At Manga Therapy, Tony Yao puts out the call for anime and manga fans to answer a survey for a fellow fan who is doing her masters’ thesis on online anime and manga fandom.

Naoki Urasawa will be the featured creator at the French anime and manga fest Japan Expo 2012, and he will be doing a concert as well, backed by the J-rock group Hemenway.

You don’t see too many manga Kickstarters, but here’s one: Bento Books wants to bring the Math Girls manga to English-speaking audiences, and the author is working with them, too. (Via Nigorimasen.)

News from Japan: Basilisk manga-ka Masaki Segawa will launch his own remake of Go Nagai’s Cutie Honey, to be titled Honey VS, in Grand Jump. ANN has the latest Japanese Comics Rankings.

Reviews: Ash Brown has another week of manga reading for us at Experiments in Manga. Melinda Beasi and Michelle Smith discuss some recent releases in their latest Off the Shelf column at Manga Bookshelf.

Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 3 of Cardcaptor Sakura (omnibus edition) (Blogcritics)
Sweetpea616 on Codename Sailor V (Organization Anti-Social Geniuses)
Sean Gaffney on FLCL (omnibus edition) (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Justin on FLCL (omnibus edition) (Organization Anti-Social Geniuses)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of The Flowers of Evil (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Anna on vol. 2 of Hana-Kimi (omnibus edition) (Manga Report)
Kate Dacey on Honey Darling (The Manga Critic)
Erica Friedman on Kurai Mori, Shiroi Michi (Okazu)
Robert A. Howard on Megatokyo (Tangents Reviews)
Kate Dacey on Rohan at the Louvre (The Manga Critic)
Kristin on vols. 6 and 8 of Rosario + Vampire: Season II (Comic Attack)
Philip Anthony on vol. 4 of Sailor Moon (Manga Bookshelf)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 5 of Sailor Moon (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Murasaki Lynna on Someday’s Dreamers (Beneath the Tangles)
TSOTE on vol. 27 of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei (Three Steps Over Japan)
Kristin on vol. 22 of Slam Dunk (Comic Attack)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 5 of Twin Spica (Blogcritics)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 14 of We Were There (The Comic Book Bin)

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  1. If you have time check out the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.

    No manga exhibits at this time but still a fun small museum with a good gift shop.