Here’s a big announcement from Viz: They have licensed Naoki Urasawa’s Master Keaton. Zainab Akhtar explains why that’s awesome. And there’s more: They also announced Assassination Classroom (“A humorous and action-packed story about a class of misfits who are trying to kill their new teacher – an alien octopus with bizarre powers and super strength!”) and Naoki Serizawa’s Resident Evil, as well as a print edition of Akira Toriyama’s Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, which has been running in Shonen Jump. Lori Henderson talks about all the recent license announcements in her latest Manga Dome podcast at Manga Xanadu.
ICv2 has an in-depth interview with Dark Horse manga editor Carl Horn (part 1, part 2), in which they cover the health of the manga market, which Dark Horse titles have done well, the difficulties of selling manga that don’t have an anime associated with them, and much, much more.
Volumes 1 and 11 of Attack on Titan top the New York Times manga best-seller list, with the first volume of Deadman Wonderland coming in third.
At Organization Anti-Social Geniuses, manjiorin tackles the question of different trim sizes in manga. Also: Justin Stroman interviews a number of manga letterers all at once and then one more for good measure.
Khursten Santos files her con report on the fujoshi event Room 801.
News from Japan: The nominees for the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize have been announced; they include Attack on Titan, Animal Land, and Hiromu Arakawa’s Silver Spoon.
Reviews: The folks at Organization Anti-Social Geniuses don’t just review vol. 1 of Deadman Wonderland, they devote an entire roundtable to it.
Ken H on vol. 28 of Blade of the Immortal (Comics Should Be Good)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 11 of Bleach (Lesley’s Musings… on Manga)
Ken H on vol. 1 of Brave 10 (Comics Worth Reading)
Naru on vol. 1 of Brave 10 (Organization Anti-Social Geniuses)
TSOTE on vol. 24 of C.M.B. (Three Steps Over Japan)
Alice Vernon on Durarara!! Saika Arc (Girls Like Comics)
Kristin on vols. 3 and 4 of Happy Marriage?! (Comic Attack)
Sean Gaffney on Insufficient Direction (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 18 of Naruto (Lesley’s Musings… on Manga)
Matthew Warner on vol. 1 of Nisekoi (The Fandom Post)
Ken H on vols. 3 and 4 of No. 6 (Comics Should Be Good)
Angela Sylvia on vol. 17 of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan (The Fandom Post)
Erica Friedman on vol. 12 of Pure Yuri Anthology Hirari (Okazu)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 20 of Pandora Hearts (The Fandom Post)
Ash Brown on vol. 2 of Real (Experiments in Manga)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 4 of Sherlock Bones (Comics Worth Reading)
Sarah on vol. 16 of Soul Eater (nagareboshi reviews)
Justin on chapter 2 of Stealth Symphony (Organization Anti-Social Geniuses)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 9 of Strobe Edge (Comics Worth Reading)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 16 of Tegami Bachi (The Comic Book Bin)
Matt Cycyk on vol. 3 of Thermae Romae (Matt Talks About Manga)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 6 of Toradora (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Ken H on vol. 2 of Vinland Saga (Comics Should Be Good)