Taiyo Matsumoto coming to TCAF; Off*Beat returns

The organizers of the Toronto Comic Arts Fest, a.k.a. TCAF, announced their first round of guests this week, and it includes Taiyo Matsumoto (Tekkonkinkreet, GoGo Monster) and Gengoroh Tagame. Both will be debuting new books at the show: Matsumoto will have the first volume of Sunny and Tagame will premiere The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame.

Good news for fans of Jen Lee Quick’s Off*Beat, originally published by Tokyopop: She will be reprinting the first two volumes, with some extras, and she’s working on volume 3.

Both Viz and Tokyopop redesigned their websites lately, and Lissa Pattillo critiques the new designs.

News from Japan: Yu Yagami returns to his classic story with Those Who Hunt Elves 2, which will run on the Comic Meteor website starting January 30. Kiichi Toyoda, the first editor-in-chief of Shonen Sunday, has died at the age of 87.

Reviews: Carlo Santos has some strong opinions on recent releases in his latest Right Turn Only!! column at ANN. The Manga Bookshelf team gets their two cents in with a new set of Bookshelf Briefs.

Ash Brown on vol. 17 of Blade of the Immortal (Experiments in Manga)
Anna on vol. 3 of Jiu Jiu (Manga Report)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 10 of Loveless (The Comic Book Bin)
Ken H. on vol. 1 of Trigun (Comics Should Be Good)

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