Manga evolution, new shoujo, Katsuhiro Otomo speaks

At CBR I wrote a roundup of the manga scene at NYCC, which really includes a lot of more general trends, plus some cool announcements.

At Heart of Manga, Laura looks forward to the shoujo manga that will debut this month.

Melinda Beasi picks her three favorite manga monsters at Manga Bookshelf. Melinda also invites possible Manga Bookshelf contributors to send in their pitches for columns, and she wants to know what you think about the front page of the site.

Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo appeared at CalArts recently, his first North American appearance in 15 years; the conversation was mostly about anime and film but did touch on his manga work as well.

Here’s a fascinating look at the Mumbai Anime Club, where things are different and yet the same as over here.

Ash Brown is giving away a pretty cool prize: The first seven issues of the first translation of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, which includes a poster by Moebius.

News from Japan: Volumes 31 and 32 of Hunter x Hunter, which runs in Shonen Jump but is on hiatus, will both be out in December.

Reviews: Be sure to check out Bruce P’s review of the lesbian-free Lesbian III: Bloodsucking Women at Okazu. Other reviews of note:

Alexander Hoffman on vol. 1 of Attack on Titan (Manga Village)
Sarah Sammis on vol. 1 of Chi’s Sweet Home (Puss Reboots)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 1 of Gakuen Alice (Blogcritics)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 2 of Jiu Jiu (The Comic Book Bin)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 11 of Kamisama Kiss (The Comic Book Bin)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Limit (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Matthew Alexander on vol. 7 of Ooku: The Inner Chambers (The Fandom Post)
Brigid Alverson on vol. 1 of Polterguys (MTV Geek)
Matthew Warner on vol. 6 of Psyren (The Fandom Post)
Kristin on vol. 24 of Slam Dunk (Comic Attack)
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Yokai Doctor (Manga Xanadu)

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