The Manga Bookshelf team, myself included, discuss our picks of the week—and it’s a tough choice, because this is a very good week!
Noah Berlatsky gathers up a Twitter conversation with Jason Thompson about Junji Ito’s Tomie stories.
Good news for fans of The Dreaming creator Queenie Chan: Her newest book, Small Shen, is out, although only in Australia at the moment.
Blogging about blogging: Anna Neatrour’s Manga Report joins us here at Manga Bookshelf.
News from Japan: Tenjho Tenge creator Oh Great is collaborating with novelist Ōtarō Maijō on a new series, Biorg Trinity, to launch in the January issue of Ultra Jump. Manga-ka Mimei Sakamoto went on a well-publicized rant after being annoyed by a crying baby on a recent flight. Dengeki Daioh Genesis magazine has ceased publication.
Reviews: Carlo Santos looks at a couple of new series, and a few older ones, in his latest Right Turn Only!! column at ANN. The Manga Bookshelf team checks out Blue Exorcist, Pandora Hearts, and more in their latest Bookshelf Briefs column. Ash Brown looks back on a week’s worth of manga reading at Experiments in Manga.
Katherine Hanson on Concerto (Yuri no Boke)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 8 of Cross Game (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Kristin on vols. 10 and 11 of Kamisama Kiss (Comic Attack)
Noah Berlatsky on Natsume’s Book of Friends (The Hooded Utilitarian)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 2 of Soulless (Comics Worth Reading)
Anna on vol. 1 of Strobe Edge (Manga Report)
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Strobe Edge (Manga Xanadu)
Alex Hoffman on vol. 1 of Strobe Edge (Manga Widget)
Manjiorin on vol. 1 of Trigun Maximum (omnibus edition) (Organization Anti-Social Geniuses)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 3-4 of Young Miss Holmes Casebook (omnibus edition) (Comics Worth Reading)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 3-4 of Young Miss Holmes Casebook (omnibus edition) (A Case Suitable for Treatment)