New BL publisher in the works; Beautiful Creatures previewed

Yen Press is publishing a graphic novel adaptation of Beautiful Creatures, just a week before the movie is released; check out our exclusive preview at MTV Geek.

Noah Berlatsky quotes both me and Erica Friedman in an interesting essay on the ethics of scanlation.

There were lots of new Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat titles out last week; I looked over the latest crop of new releases at MTV Geek, and Lissa Pattillo checked them out as well in her latest On the Shelf column at Otaku USA. At Heart of Manga, Laura looks at the new shoujo releases for February.

Meanwhile, the Manga Bookshelf bloggers look forward to this week’s new manga releases, in print and on JManga.

Erica Friedman updates us on the world of yuri in this week’s edition of Yuri Network News.

The Japanese publisher Otome’s Way will bring BL manga to international readers (the U.S. and other countries) via the web beginning in April; the manga will be online, and you can buy it with PayPal.

Melinda Beasi talks about her recent reading in her latest My Week in Manga video.

Lissa Pattillo opens up the swag bag and shows off her latest purchases.

Justin Stroman asks Manga Bookshelf readers: What manga got you to read more?

News from Japan: Tokyo Big Sight has banned Kuroko’s Basketball doujinshi from an upcoming event. Some new projects in the works: Horror manga-ka Junji Ito (Gyu) is launching a new series, Ma no Kakera (The Shard of Evil), in the newly revived Nemuki magazine in April. Go Nagai’s Dororo and Enma-Kun, which started as a one-shot, will become an ongoing series. Examurai Sengoku creator Yoshiji Yamaguchi will begin a Fist of the North Star spinoff, Kinyoku no Garuda ~Nanto Goshasei Zenshi~ (The Gold Wings of Garuda ~The Prehistory of the Nanto Goshasei~) in the April issue of Comic Zenon. Kodansha is planning a complete collection of Shigeru Mizuki’s manga. The josei magazine Kiss is reducing its frequency from biweekly to monthly. Thermae Romae, serialized in English by Yen Press, is coming to an end in Japan. Highschool of the Dead will return to the pages of Dragon Age later this spring.

Reviews: Melinda Beasi and Michelle Smith discuss several new volumes in their Off the Shelf column at Manga Bookshelf.

Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar’s Game (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Ken Haley on vols. 2 and 3 of Attack on Titan (Comics Should Be Good)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 55 of Bleach (The Comic Book Bin)
Ash Brown on vol. 2 of Bond of Dreams, Bond of Love (Experiments in Manga)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 45 of Case Closed (The Fandom Post)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 1 of Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll (Blogcritics)
AstroNerdBoy on vol. 3 of Gate 7 (AstroNerdBoy’s Anime and Manga Blog)
Erica Friedman on vol. 2 of Golondrina (Okazu)
Shannon Fay on vol. 1 of Higurashi When They Cry – Massacre Arc (Kuriousity)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 2 of Kamisama Kiss (Blogcritics)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 14 of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (The Fandom Post)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 13 of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan (The Comic Book Bin)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 6 of Oh My Goddess (Blogcritics)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 3 of Punch Up! (I Reads You)
Derek Bown on this week’s issue of Shonen Jump (Manga Bookshelf)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 26 of Slam Dunk (The Comic Book Bin)
Erica Friedman on Watashi no Sekai o Kousei Suru Chiri no You na Nanika (Okazu)

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