Hurricane Sandy messed up my week a bit, but I’m thankful that it seems to have moved on. We had some high winds that shook the house, but the worst of it seems to have passed and (knock on wood) we have emerged unscathed. So here’s what’s going on in the mangasphere tonight.
New York Comic Con was awesome on many levels, but I think the high point of the experience was getting to interview Moyoco Anno, the creator of Sakuran, Sugar Sugar Rune, and the lamentably unlicensed Hataraki Man. Be sure to read the interview all the way to the end—she threw me a curve ball just as the interview was ending. I had the privilege of interviewing Yoshitaka Amano as well, for CBR—and watch for some more manga-ka interviews in the next few weeks.
Todd Ciolek of ANN got to interview Yoshitaka Amano as well.
Jason Thompson continues his tour through the manga backlist with a look at Red-Colored Elegy in his latest House of 1000 Manga column at ANN.
The Manga Bookshelf team goes with a horror theme for this week’s Pick of the Week, and they also kick off a new roundtable, JManga The Week of 11/1. Plus: Melinda Beasi and Michelle Smith chat about the latest BL releases in their BL Bookrack column and discuss Chika Shiomi’s vampire manga Canon at Soliloquy in Blue.
Matt Blind calculates the manga best-sellers for the week ending October 28.
Erica Friedman brings us up to date with the latest edition of Yuri Network News at Okazu.
JManga has added Peacemaker Kurogane and The Art of War to its lineup.
Tony Yao looks at the “emotional vampires” of Gantz at Manga Therapy.
Adam Stephanides picks up on a small but telling detail in Flowers of Evil.
News from Japan: Chiho Saito, the creator of Revolutionary Girl Utena, will launch a new series about the thief Arsène Lupin in the first issue of Shogakukan’s new magazine Zōkan Flowers. Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden is drawing to a close, with just two more chapters left to go. Blood-C manga-ka Ranmaru Kotone is working on a manga adaptation of the Red Data Girl light novels. Chaco Abeno, the creator of sola, also has a new series in the works, Angel + Blood, running in Kadokawa Shoten’s Asuka.
Reviews: Ash Brown checks in with another week’s worth of manga reading at Experiments in Manga.
Jocelyne Allen on Bokura no Hentai (Brain Vs. Book)
Erica Friedman on vol. 2 of Candy (Okazu)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 44 of Case Closed (The Comic Book Bin)
Lori Henderson on Chibi Vampire: Airmail and Chibi Vampire: Bites (Manga Xanadu)
Kristin on vol. 5 of Dawn of the Arcana (Comic Attack)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 2 of The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Laura on Dracula Everlasting (Heart of Manga)
Lori Henderson on vol. 2 of Dracula Everlasting (Manga Xanadu)
Connie on Dry Heat (Slightly Biased Manga)
Anna on vol. 2 of Jiu Jiu (Manga Report)
Connie on vol. 6 of Kobato (Slightly Biased Manga)
Erica Friedman on Koi no Kaori (Okazu)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 4 of March Story (The Comic Book Bin)
Sakura Eries on vol. 1 of Message to Adolf (The Fandom Post)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 7 of Psyren (The Comic Book Bin)
Lesley Aeschliman on vols. 34 and 35 of Ranma 1/2 (Blogcritics)
Anna on vols. 1-3 of Record of a Fallen Vampire (Manga Report)
Connie on vol. 8 of Sakura Hime (Slightly Biased Manga)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of School Rumble (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Connie on vol. 1 of Short Program (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 29 of Skip Beat! (Slightly Biased Manga)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 8 of The Story of Saiunkoku (The Comic Book Bin)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 1 of Strobe Edge (ANN)
Connie on vol. 10 of Toriko (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 2 of Totally Captivated: Totally Peeking Under the Sheets (Slightly Biased Manga)
Matthew Warner on vol. 7 of Ultimo (The Fandom Post)
Connie on vol. 18 of xxxHoLiC (Slightly Biased Manga)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 3 of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s (The Comic Book Bin)