Hey guys, sorry I sorta disappeared last week. A late-night trip to the Emergency Room ripped a hole in what was already a busy week. No worries, everyone’s fine, but it took me a few days to catch up on sleep and missed work. I’ll be rounding up all the past week’s manga news today and tomorrow to bring everyone up to date.
I took a look at the past week’s new manga releases at MTV Geek, and Lissa Pattillo made her recommendations in her On the Shelf column at Otaku USA. Sean Gaffney looks over the new titles for this coming Wednesday at A Case Suitable for Treatment.
This year’s New York Comic-Con will have a significant manga presence, with guest appearances by Yoshitaka Amano (Vampire Hunter D), Moyoco Anno, Masakazu Ishiguro (Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru) and Toshio Maeda (Urotsukidoji, La Blue Girl). Sean Gaffney posts his schedule for the con, and it’s probably pretty close to what I will be doing too.
Manga-ka Shuho Sato has been messing with the publishing paradigm in Japan for a few years, and now he is bringing it to English-language readers, allowing Give My Regards to Black Jack (a.k.a. Say Hello to Black Jack) to be serialized on Facebook (for free) and Kindle (for $2.99 per volume).
Jason Thompson reads all 23 volumes of Fruits Basket in one go, and liveblogs his reactions, in his latest House of 1000 Manga column at ANN. Warning: SPOILERS, although not too many.
Shuho Sato’s Give My Regards to Black Jack (known in some circles as Say Hello to Black Jack) is now available via the Amimaru Facebook app and on the Kindle. I’ll admit I sprung for the Kindle version because it’s easier to use and at $2.99 per volume, very reasonably priced.
Writer Sean Michael Wilson (the editor of the English edition of the AX anthology) and artist Chie Kuwada are working on a graphic adaptation of the martial arts novel The Book of Five Rings. Wilson and Kuwada previously teamed up on another adaptation, Hagakure: The Code of the Samurai.
Kelakagandy posts a license wish list for Shojo Beat.
Erica Friedman takes a look at the Kadokawa Shoten magazine Monthly Comp Ace.
Tomo Kimura has a peek at the Black Butler bathroom poster that came as an extra in the last two issues of GFantasy magazine. There’s even a pun!
Matt Blind has the list of manga best-sellers from the week ending September 2.
News from Japan: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure creator Hirohiko Araki will contribute a one-shot story, purportedly written by his character Rohan Kishibe, to the October 6 issue of Shonen Jump. Manga-ka Takeshi Nogami (known for his Strike Witches doujinshi) has launched a new online manga, Marine Corps Yumi,
Reviews: Ash Brown looks back on a week’s worth of manga reading at Experiments in Manga.
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 11 of Arata: The Legend (The Comic Book Bin)
Sakura Eries on vol. 13 of Bakuman (The Fandom Post)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 4 of Case Closed (Blogcritics)
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of A Devil and Her Love Song (Good Comics for Kids)
Kate Dacey on vol. 4 of A Devil and Her Love Song (The Manga Critic)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 4 of A Devil and Her Love Song (Kuriousity)
Kelakagandy on vol. 10 of Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden (kelakagandy’s ramblings)
Carlo Santos on vol. 4 of GTO: 14 Days in Shonan (ANN)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 14 of GTO: The Early Years (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Rebecca Silverman on vols. 7-9 of Hana-Kimi (omnibus edition) (ANN)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 20 of Hayate the Combat Butler (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 58 of Naruto (The Comic Book Bin)
Matthew Alexander on vol. 8 of Omamori Himamori (The Fandom Post)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 1 of Punch Up! (I Reads You)
Jocelyne Allen on Rokunomiya Himeko no Higeki (Brain Vs. Book)
Ash Brown on vol. 1 of Sand Chronicles (Experiments in Manga)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 8 of Tenjho Tenge (Full Contact Edition) (The Comic Book Bin)
Shannon Fay on Tesoro (Kuriousity)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 1 of Wandering Son (Blogcritics)
Rebecca Silverman on vols. 1 and 2 of Young Miss Holmes (omnibus edition)
Ash Brown on Yurei Attack: The Japanese Ghost Survival Guide (Experiments in Manga)