I’m back from San Diego, bags filled with books, head filled with stories to be written. Thanks to Kate Dacey for filling in so admirably while I was away, and to Deb Aoki for being the best Comic-Con roommate ever!
I was covering the con for CBR, so I wrote my big manga story for them: JManga plans to launch an “all you can eat” website that will post a chapter a week of both new and older manga; the site will be free but a paid subscription will get you the manga faster–and may get you more titles as well.
Speaking of Deb Aoki, she has been more industrious than me and has already written up two of the major stories from Comic-Con, the Kodansha panel and the news that Picturebox will be publishing bara manga (gay erotic manga).
And Lissa Pattillo has a handy roundup of all the SDCC news at Kuriousity.
Jason Thompson takes a look at the exceptionally talented manga-ka est em in his latest House of 1000 Manga column at ANN.
Sean Gaffney looks at this week’s rather sparse new-manga lineup at A Case Suitable for Treatment.
News from Japan: Stepping on Roses manga-ka Rinko Ueda has a new series in the works, Sakura Jūyūshi, which will debut in the August 4 issue of Margaret. Sora Inoue, the artist for Real Bout High School, has started a new manga, My Ball, about a school soccer club. Fist of the North Star creator Buronson is writing a new manga to be illustrated by Yuka Nagate, who did the art for the Toki side story.
Reviews: Ash Brown reports in on another week of manga at Experiments in Manga.
Ken Haley on Barbara (Sequential Ink)
Connie on vol. 16 of Black Jack (Slightly Biased Manga)
Ash Brown on vol. 11 of Blade of the Immortal (Experiments in Manga)
Connie on vol. 4 of Claymore (Slightly Biased Manga)
AstroNerdBoy on vols. 29 and 30 of Hayate the Combat Butler (AstroNerdBoy’s Anime and Manga Blog)
Anna on vol. 1 of Jiu Jiu (Manga Report)
Erica Friedman on vol. 9 of Jormungand (Okazu)
Anna on vol. 20 of Kaze Hikaru (Manga Report)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 12 of Natsume’s Book of Friends (I Reads You)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 35 of Negima! (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 9 of Oresama Teacher (The Comic Book Bin)
Kate Dacey on vol. 1 of Polterguys (The Manga Critic)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 2 of Wonder! (A Case Suitable for Treatment)