Time to use your gift cards: This is a great week for new manga, with Heart of Thomas, the second volume of Message to Adolf, and a big stack of shoujo and shonen manga hitting the stores (vol. 3 of Jiu Jiu FTW!). Check out my picks at MTV Geek.
Writing for The Atlantic, Noah Berlatsky analyzes Moto Hagio’s Heart of Thomas and introduces Boys Love to mainstream readers.
ANN has a preview of the art from Yoshitaka Amano’s first novel, Deva Zan.
Melinda Beasi makes her picks for the best manga of the year: Part 1, Part 2; she talks about the manga she found under her Christmas tree in a special holiday edition of My Week in Manga, and she’s back for more with this week’s episode.
Matt Blind has the list of manga best-sellers for the past week at Manga Bookshelf.
Lori Henderson looks back at the year 2012 at Manga Xanadu.
At Heart of Manga, Laura looks at the new shoujo series that debuted in 2012.
News from Japan: Winter Comiket attracted 170,000 people on each of its first two days, but the Kuroko’s Basketball area was kept empty and no kurobas doujinshi circles were allowed to exhibit because of a series of threats. SaiKano creator Shin Takahashi has a couple of short projects on the drawing board.
Reviews: Carlo Santos takes aim at a crop of new manga in his latest Right Turn Only!! column at ANN. Ash Brown reviews a week of manga reading at Experiments in Manga. The Manga Bookshelf bloggers bring us up to date on some recent volumes in their latest set of Bookshelf Briefs.
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 3 of A Bride’s Story (Blogcritics)
Connie on vol. 3 of A Bride’s Story (Slightly Biased Manga)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 1 of Bunny Drop (Blogcritics)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 23 of D.Gray-Man (The Comic Book Bin)
Connie on vol. 1 of Demon Love Spell (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 5 of A Devil and Her Love Song (Slightly Biased Manga)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 8 of Dorohedoro (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Rebecca Silverman on vols. 3 and 4 of The Earl and the Fairy (ANN)
Rebecca Silverman on Higurashi When They Cry vol. 1: Massacre Arc (ANN)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 20 of Higurashi: When They Cry (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Lori Henderson on vols. 18-23 of Hikaru No Go (Manga Xanadu)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 1 of Missions of Love (ANN)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Nisekoi (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 6 of One Piece (Blogcritics)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 2 of Strobe Edge (Comics Worth Reading)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 10 of Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee (ANN)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 1 of Thermae Romae (ANN)