TezukaPro has big plans for 2012

Tezuka Productions director of licensing Yuriko Fukuzawa and Diamond vice president for business development John Parker discuss their plans for next year; Diamond has just become the worldwide distributor for TezukaPro. They identify Astro Boy as the most important property, and Kimba the White Lion as one with a lot of potential for the U.S.

The Manga Bookshelf team discusses their Pick of the Week, and they also look at this week’s new releases from JManga. Melinda Beasi and Michelle Smith talk about some recent reading in their Off the Shelf column.

Erica Friedman has the latest yuri news, and she also has an interesting post for would-be manga creators on how to write a query letter to a publisher.

Matt Blind counts down the manga best-sellers for the week ending December 16.

Reviews: The Manga Bookshelf team takes a quick look at some recent releases in their latest set of Bookshelf Briefs.

Connie on vol. 36 of Berserk (Slightly Biased Manga)
Ash Brown on vol. 16 of Blade of the Immortal (Experiments in Manga)
Lissa Pattillo on vols. 50 and 51 of Bleach (Kuriousity)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 2 of Chi’s Sweet Home (Blogcritics)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Danza (Comics Worth Reading)
Connie on Devil’s Secret (Slightly Biased Manga)
Kylee Strutt on vol. 3 of Durarara!!! (Animanga Nation)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 24 of Excel Saga (The Comic Book Bin)
Jocelyne Allen on Golondrina (Brain Vs. Book)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Honey Darling (Comics Worth Reading)
Connie on vol. 13 of Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (Slightly Biased Manga)
Andre Paploo on vol. 1 of The Limit (Kuriousity)
Connie on Love Syndrome (Slightly Biased Manga)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of Message to Adolf (Comics Worth Reading)
Lori Henderson on vols. 10 and 11 of Oresama Teacher (Manga Xanadu)
Connie on vol. 20 of Slam Dunk (Slightly Biased Manga)
Ben Leary on vol. 20 of Slam Dunk (The Fandom Post)
Lesley Aeschliman on Songs to Make You Smile (Blogcritics)

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