Happy New Year! Sorry I dropped out of sight over the past week—I was busy writing a ton of posts for Robot 6, where we are celebrating our fourth anniversary by filling the blog with exclusive content—you should go take a look! We had two good manga stories: Fantagraphics will publish Inio Asano’s horror story Nijigahara Holograph, complete in one volume. Hit that link to get an early look at some of the pages. And we also ran a preview of Shigeru Mizuki’s Kitaro, coming this spring from Drawn and Quarterly.
Meanwhile, I posted my list of the best manga of 2012 (in my humble opinion) at MTV Geek.
There will be no Yaoi-Con in 2013, according to an announcement from Hikaru Sasahara, the president of Digital Manga, which started running the con last year; the next one will be in spring 2014.
We lost manga creator Kieji Nakazawa, creator of Barefoot Gen, last month; Matt Thorn wrote his obituary for The Comics Journal.
This month’s Manga Moveable Feast had Hikaru No Go for the main dish; Linda hosted it at her blog, animemiz’s Scribblings, and here’s the archive page.
Matthew Warner on vol. 8 of Blue Exorcist (The Fandom Post)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 2 of Cactus’s Secret (Blogcritics)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 4 of Cardcaptor Sakura (omnibus edition)
Kylee Strutt on vol. 4 of Durarara!! (Animanga Nation)
Amy Grockl on vol. 3 of Flowers of Evil (Manga Village)
Andre Paploo on vol. 1 of Heroman (Kuriousity)
Ash Brown on vol. 1 of Hikaru no Go (Experiments in Manga)
Lori Henderson on vols. 12-17 of Hikaru No Go (Manga Xanadu)
Connie on One Piece, Fairy Tail, and The Law of Ueki (Comics Should Be Good)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 12 of Pandora Hearts (The Fandom Post)
Jocelyne Allen on Wata no Kuni Hoshi (Brain Vs. Book)
Matthew Warner on vol. 11 of Yotsuba&! (The Fandom Post)