I’ll be helping Stu Levy explain what happened to TOKYOPOP in 2011, what we’re doing now and what the future holds. It will be my first time on an official industry panel, so I’m a bit nervous!
We’ll have news, trivia, giveaways and a few surprises! It will be a great panel, especially for Hetalia and Bizenghast fans, so I’ll hope you’ll join us, even if you weren’t originally planning to. Hope to see you there!
It’s time for the Manga Moveable Feast again! This month the focus is on the works of Takehiko Inoue, and it’s being co-hosted by Anna Neatrour (who will archive older links at Manga Report) and Michelle Smith (who is collecting current links at Soliloquy in Blue). Anna and Michelle explain a bit more at Manga Report.
Comics Alliance has a generous preview of Moyoco Anno’s Sakuran up right now; it’s mature content and they say it’s SFW but it wouldn’t fly in my workplace, so your mileage may vary.
Digital Manga wants to bring back Osamu Tezuka’s Unico, an all-ages tale of a cuddly unicorn, and they are running a Kickstarter campaign to fund it. As of this writing, it is almost funded, and if they hit their goal with time to spare, they will announce a second license.
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan will end in this week’s Shonen Jump in Japan (and thus in a couple of weeks in Viz’s Shonen Jump Alpha), but Japanese SJ editor Hisashi Sasaki says the sequel, which will run in Jump Next! in August, will be available in English as well.
ALC and JManga are collaborating to publish three yuri manga series from Comic Yuri Hime: Sorairo Girl Friend, Haru Natsu Aki Fuyu, and Yuru Yuri.
The Sugoi Books Android app is terminating as of August 7. The bad news is that after that date, any book not downloaded onto the user’s device is gone forever. The good news is that the app is so bad that I doubt many people will have anything to lose.
Jason Thompson talks about Kentarou Miura’s Berserk, “one of the greatest, darkest and longest fantasy manga ever made,” in his latest House of 1000 Manga column at ANN.
Nenena discusses the gender aspect of Attack on Titan.
How do you know when a series is going to end soon? Japanese readers suggested some warning signs in a recent survey.
News from Japan: Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto says he knows the end of the series and that the manga is currently heading toward its climax. The next story arc of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan will be in Jump Next!, not its usual home, Shonen Jump. TPeach-Pit (creators of Shugo Chara! and Rozen Maiden) has announced a new series is in the works, to run in Kodansha’s Dessert magazine. Nyankoi! creator Sato Fujiwara has started a free web manga, Ore to Moyashi to Ohanaya-san, in the web magazine Comic Meteor. The Idolm@ster game franchise is inspiring not one but eight manga spinoffs.
Reviews: Melinda Beasi and Michelle Smith discuss some new yaoi releases in their latest BL Bookrack column at Manga Bookshelf. Kate Dacey has some short takes at The Manga Critic. Ash Brown rounds up a week’s worth of manga reading at Experiments in Manga.
Kristin on vol. 5 of Ai Ore (Comic Attack)
Connie on vol. 12 of Bakuman (Slightly Biased Manga)
Justin on chapter 4 of Barrage (Organization Anti-Social Geniuses)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 4 of Dawn of the Arcana (Kuriousity)
Connie on vol. 1 of Excel Saga (Slightly Biased Manga)
Greg McElhatton on Fallen Words (Read About Comics)
Connie on Finder Series 6: Passion in the Viewfinder (Slightly Biased Manga)
Alexander on issue 12 of GEN (Comic Attack)
Lori Henderson on vols. 1-3 of Hana-Kimi (Manga Xanadu)
AstroNerdBoy on vol. 23 of Hayate the Combat Butler (AstroNerdBoy’s Anime and Manga Blog)
Connie on Honey Darling (Slightly Biased Manga)
Sweetpea616 on vols. 1-6 of Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit (Organization Anti-Social Geniuses)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 9 of Jormungand (The Comic Book Bin)
Erica Friedman on vol. 1 of Kanojo to Camera to Kanojo no Kisetsu (Okazu)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 32 of Kekkaishi (The Comic Book Bin)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 3 of Love Hina (omnibus edition) (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Anna on vol. 18 of Ouran High School Host Club (Manga Report)
Sesho on vol. 2 of Sailor Moon (Sesho’s Anime and Manga Reviews)
Connie on vol. 28 of Skip Beat! (Slightly Biased Manga)
Victoria Martin on vol. 8 of Soul Eater (Kuriousity)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 6 of Sunshine Sketch (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Kristin on vol. 6 of Tenjho Tenge (Full Contact Edition) (Comic Attack)