Angouleme, MMF, and three giveaways

The nominees for the awards given at the international comics festival in Angouleme have been announced, and they include Thermae Romae, SOIL, and I am a Hero, which were all nominated for the Best Comic prize; Chi’s Sweet Home for the Youth Award; and 2001 Nights and Anjin San for the Heritage Award.

I have been extremely remiss in my blogging duties—I blame it on a crazy Thanksgiving weekend—because I haven’t covered this month’s Manga Moveable Feast, which was hosted by Matt Blind at Rocket Bomber and took thankfulness as its theme. Here are the links:
Call for entries
Matt’s introduction
Wednesday roundup (appetizers)
Matt’s list of manga people he is thankful for
Thursday roundup
Friday roundup
Closing remarks and final roundup

Great job, Matt!

At Okazu, Erica Friedman reports in on her trip to Japan, which included shopping for yuri in Tokyo and a visit to the Maidens Garden 7 doujinshi event.

JManga is giving away a package of Aoi Hana (Sweet Blue Flowers) merch, Ash Brown is giving away the first four volumes of Beck, and Alex Hoffman is giving away a copy of Osamu Tezuka’s Barbara; hit the links to see how you can enter.

News from Japan: I Kill Giants, the winner of this year’s International Manga Award, will be published in Ikki magazine. Seven manga creators, including Go Nagai, have sued seven companies that digitize manga; this is done for private individuals for their own use, but there is concern it leads to piracy. The Puella Magi Madoka Magica spinoff Puella Magi Kazuma Magica – The Innocent Malice is ending; the final volume will be the fifth. LaLa magazine has announced that the next story arc of Vampire Knight will be the last. ANN has the latest Japanese comics rankings.


Anna on vol. 1 of 07-Ghost (Manga Report)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 2 of A Bride’s Story (Blogcritics)
Justin on chapter 8 of Cross Manage (Organization ASG)
Ken H on vol. 1 of The Flowers of Evil (Comics Should Be Good)
Connie on vol. 2 of Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll (Slightly Biased Manga)
Erica Friedman on vol. 3 of Good Witch of the West (Okazu)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 1 of Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends (ANN)
Erica Friedman on Hirara Special Girls’ School Life Anthology Houkago! (Okazu)
Joe on Interview with the Vampire: Claudia’s Story (Forbidden Planet)
Erica Friedman on Itazura Choucho (Okazu)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 1 of Loveless (omnibus edition)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 1 of Neon Genesis Evangelion (3-in-1 edition) (I Reads You)
Connie on No One Loves Me (Slightly Biased Manga)
Tony Yao on Onepunch-Man (Manga Therapy)
Erica Friedman on Renai Joshi File (Okazu)
Connie on vol. 8 of Tenjho Tenge (omnibus edition) (Slightly Biased Manga)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 1 of Umineko When They Cry (ANN)

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