I was totally fascinated that the upstart publisher Kansai Club (which is basically two people) was able to license an Osamu Tezuka manga, The Crater, for their first publication, so I was happy that KC’s Andrew Nevo was able to talk to me about it for my Kickstand column at CBR.
Paul Gravett interviews Junko Mizuno and posts a new two-page comic as well.
Jeffrey Gustafson has been writing a series of essays about different themes in Naoki Urasawa’s Pluto at his blog, The Comic Pusher.
Tony Yao shares some of his favorite quotes from Paradise Kiss at Manga Therapy.
News from Japan: Ryoko Ikeda is bringing back the classic shoujo manga Rose of Versailles for a one-shot story in Margaret next October.
Reviews: Justin did one final roundup of JManga series, just before their servers shut down, at Organization ASG. Ash Brown takes us through a week’s worth of manga reading at Experiments in Manga. The Manga Bookshelf team has a new set of Bookshelf Briefs.
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Are You Alice? (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Sakura Eries on vol. 19 of Bakuman (The Fandom Post)
Justin on vol. 19 of Bakuman (Organization ASG)
Erica Friedman on the May issue of Comic Yuri Hime (Okazu)
Alex Hoffman on Doubt (Manga Widget)
Ken H on vols. 10 and 11 of Erementar Gerade (Comics Should Be Good)
Lori Henderson on Hanagatari Tenshion Atsuhime (Manga Xanadu)
Shannon Fay on vol. 2 of Higurashi When They Cry: Massacre Arc (Kuriousity)
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Koetama (Manga Xanadu)
Chris Beveridge on vols. 3, 4, and 5 of Limit (The Fandom Post)
Victoria K. Martin on Punishment (Kuriousity)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of The Sacred Blacksmith (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 1 of Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration (I Reads You)
Naru on Silent Voice (Organization ASG)
Anna N. on vol. 1 of Sunny (Manga Report)
Kristin on vol. 10 of Tenjho Tenge: Full Contact Edition (Comic Attack)