Quick roundup: What went on while I was in Angouleme

Hey everyone, sorry about the radio silence. I’ve been away at the International Comics Festival in Angouleme, France, where manga is still a big deal and the guests included Suehiro Maruo. I’m still recovering from jet lag (not to mention re-entry into normal life after six days in an 18th-century chateau), so this is just a quick roundup, but I will have a lot to say in the next few days, so stay tuned.

There has been a rumor making the rounds, based on an interview that Inio Asano did with a Japanese magazine, that the manga-ka wants to have a sex-change. Matt Thorn looks into it but doesn’t get much clarification from Asano’s publisher; he then turns to the original interview, which sheds a bit more light on Asano’s feelings.

Over on the other side of the channel, The Guardian has discovered manga and has a beginner’s guide with a good slate of recommended titles. Even if you’re not a beginner, it’s always interesting to see what sort of take the mass media has on the topic.

At Good Comics for Kids, we have a preview of the fourth volume of Tania del Rio’s manga-style Sabrina: The Magic Within graphic novels.

The Manga Bookshelf team looks at this week’s new manga and discusses the Pick of the Week.

News from Japan: Shin Kibayashi, creator of The Drops of God and Kindaichi Case Files, has started a new manga, Shinjuku DxD, which will be carried by the Manga Box app.

Reviews: The Manga Bookshelf team looks at this week’s new releases in their Bookshelf Briefs feature. Ash Brown looks back at a week’s worth of manga reading at Experiments in Manga.

Kristin on vols. 3 and 4 of The Earl and the Fairy (Comic Attack)
Anna N. on vol. 12 of Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden (Manga Report)
Kristin on Helter Skelter (Comic Attack)
Drew McCabe on Pokemon: Genesect and the Legend Awakened (Comic Attack)
Chris Kirby on vol. 17 of Toriko (The Fandom Post)
Anna N. on The Tycoon’s Pregnant Mistress and Her Sheikh Boss (Manga Report)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 5 of Umineko: When They Cry (A Case Suitable for Treatment)

Ciao, zombies and Attack on Titan

Information is finally starting to come out about the new Sailor Moon anime; it will begin airing in July and will be streamed worldwide by NicoNico and subtitled in 10 languages. The anime is not a remake of the original anime but will be a new adaptation of the manga, according to the producer. Erica Friedman has some thoughts on all this.

The Manga Bookshelf team discusses this week’s new releases and their Pick of the Week.

Erica Friedman updates us on all the latest yuri news in her latest Yuri Network New post at Okazu.

Lori Henderson rounds up some end-of-the-year manga news in her latest Manga Dome podcast at Manga Xanadu.

Erica Friedman looks at Ciao, the top-selling shoujo manga magazine in Japan.

Jason Thompson looks at ten zombie-themed manga in his latest House of 1000 Manga column at ANN.

Five volumes of Attack on Titan made this week’s New York Times best-seller list, including volume 10, which tops the list.

News from Japan: Wandering Son manga-ka Takako Shimura is working on a new series, a sequel to the 2012 one-shot “Musume no Iede.”

Reviews: The Manga Bookshelf team files their latest set of Bookshelf Briefs. Ash Brown looks back at a week’s worth of manga reading at Experiments in Manga.

Harry Edmundson-Cornell on vol. 3 of 20th Century Boys (Sequart)
Alex Hoffman on vols. 1-4 of 7 Billion Needles (Manga Widget)
Justin on vol. 1 of All Purpose Chemistry Club (Organization Anti Social Geniuses)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 11 of Attack on Titan (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Carlo Santos on vol. 9 of Bokurano: Ours (ANN)
Erica Friedman on vol. 1 of Fate/Zero (Okazu)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 12 of Fullmetal Alchemist (Lesley’s Musings… on Manga)
Steve Bennett on vol. 1 of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 (ICv2)
Anna N on vol. 1 of Nisekoi: False Love (Manga Report)
Ash Brown on Oishinbo A La Carte: Fish, Sushi, and Sashimi (Experiments in Manga)
Lori Henderson on vols. 8-10 of Pandora Hearts (Manga Xanadu)
Michael Buntag on vol. 5 of Sailor Moon (NonSensical Words)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 12 of Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura (ANN)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 17 of Soul Eater (The Fandom Post)
Ash Brown on vol. 1 of SS Astro (Experiments in Manga)
Sakura Eries on vol. 1 of Summer Wars (The Fandom Post)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Takasugi-san’s Obento (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Kristin on Tropic of the Sea (Comic Attack)
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Voice Over! Seiyu Academy (Manga Xanadu)

Crunchyroll adds three new titles; Attack on Titan 1 on sale

If you have been curious about Attack on Titan and want to check out the first volume, Amazon has it on sale as of this writing for $2.99. Their prices change frequently, so I don’t know how long this will last.

This week’s issue of Shonen Jump (which is being released early, on Saturday) will be dedicated to Takeshi Obata’s adaptation of the novel All You Need Is Kill; the issue will include the first chapter of the manga, the first chapter of the novel, and some other Obata previews.

Crunchyroll has added three new titles to its digital manga service: Inside Mari, Silver Nina, and Love Theory. All three are from Futabasha.

The Manga Bookshelf team looks over this week’s new releases and discusses their Pick of the Week.

Shaenon Garrity takes a look at the long-running series Case Closed (she’s the English-language editor) in her latest House of 1000 Manga column at ANN.

Dave Ferraro lists his picks for the best manga of 2013 at Comics-and-More.

Alex Hoffman looks back on the manga news of 2013 at Manga Widget. Lori Henderson looks back on the past year as well in her latest Manga Dome podcast, and she devotes another podcast to a retrospective on Yen Plus, the digital manga magazine that recently ceased publication.

Lori also looks at some older manga that are getting a new life in digital format.

This was announced last month but it sort of got washed away with all the other news: Manga-ka est em, creator of Seduce Me After the Show and Red Blinds the Foolish, will be a guest at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) this spring.

News from Japan: Shueisha’s Margaret magazine will publish a new Rose of Versailles one-shot story by Riyoko Ikeda in May. The new Rurouni Kenshin spinoff manga will focus on the enemies in the original, according to the wife of manga-ka Nobuhiro Watsuki. Satoru Hiura will launch a new Hotaru no Hikari series in Kiss magazine. Miwa Ueda (Peach Girl) is bringing her Ariute Ikō manga to an end.

Reviews: Ash Brown looks at the past week’s manga reading at Experiments in Manga.

Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 5 of A Bride’s Story (Comics Worth Reading)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 4 of Btooom! (Comics Worth Reading)
AstroNerdBoy on vol. 5 of Love Hina (omnibus edition) (AstroNerdBoy’s Anime and Manga Blog)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 4 of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Matthew Warner on vol. 69 of One Piece (The Fandom Post)
Erica Friedman on Yuri☆Koi Girls Love Story (Okazu)

Massive goes to Fantagraphics

Fantagraphics has picked up the gay manga anthology Massive, which was originally slated to be published by PictureBox. I talked to the translators, Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins, about the book and its predecessor, The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame, as well as the genre of gay manga in Japan.

Shonen Jump will run Takeshi Obata’s adaptation of All You Need Is Kill on the same day it appears in Young Jump magazine in Japan.

David Brothers writes, in depth, about two manga he really enjoyed in 2013: Slam Dunk and Bleach.

The Manga Bookshelf bloggers take the long view and discuss their Pick of the Year, and they also take a look at this week’s new manga.

Freelance manga editor Daniella Orihuela-Gruber writes about her struggles with depression and how that has been interwoven with her work life.

Hirofumi Watanabe, the suspect in the Kuroko’s Basketball threat letters case, has given an interview to the magazine Tsukuru; the first item released is his message to users of the bulletin board 2chan, denying that he is a zainichi (foreigner).

News from Japan: Say Hello to Black Jack creator Shuho Sato is adapting Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game into manga form; it will be published on his website, Manga on Web. Dan Brown, author of The DaVinci Code, is the latest literary character to show up with superpowers in Bungō Stray Dogs. Suehiro Maruo is working on a new series, Tomino no Jigoku (Tomino’s Hell), which will debut in the March issue of Monthly Comic Beam. Toriko will go on hiatus for one month at the end of the current story arc. Keisuke Itagaki’s martial arts series Baki is returning to Weekly Shōnen Champion. Sora no Otoshimino/Heaven’s Lost Property will come to an end next month.

Reviews: Ash Brown looks back on a week’s worth of manga reading at Experiments in Manga. The Manga Bookshelf team finish out 2013 with the year’s last set of Bookshelf Briefs.

Rebecca Silverman on vol. 1 of Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (ANN)
Katherine Hanson on vol. 8 of Aoi Hana (Yuri no Boke)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 16 of Arata: The Legend (The Comic Book Bin)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 1 of Battle Angel Alita (Lesley’s Musings… on Manga)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Bloody Cross (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 11 of Dorohedoro (The Comic Book Bin)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 11 of Dorohedoro (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
AstroNerdBoy on vol. 33 of Fairy Tail (AstroNerdBoy’s Anime and Manga Blog)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 3 of Happy Marriage?! (The Comic Book Bin)
Matt Cycyk on Helter Skelter: Fashion Unfriendly (Matt Talks About Manga)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 3 of Magi (The Comic Book Bin)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 5 of Missions of Love (Comics Worth Reading)
Ash Brown on vol. 4 of No. 6 (Experiments in Manga)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 69 of One Piece (The Comic Book Bin)
Sakura Eries on vol. 15 of Oresama Teacher (The Fandom Post)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 3 of Sankarea: Undying Love (Comics Worth Reading)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 2 of Summer Wars (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 2 of Tiger & Bunny 2-in-1 Anthology (I Reads You)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of Vinland Saga (Comics Worth Reading)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 6 of Wandering Son (A Case Suitable for Treatment)

Pre-holiday roundup

Life is getting back to normal now that the police have arrested a suspect in the Kuroko’s Basketball case; the Shadow Trickster doujinshi events are back on, and the doujinshi event Comic City Osaka announced that it is scrapping its ban on Kuroko’s Basketball-themed doujinshi and merchandise. ANN also has more details on the suspect, Hirofumi Watanabe, including the apparent motive for the attacks: Jealousy.

Erica Friedman brings us the latest Yuri Network News at Okazu.

The Manga Bookshelf team looks forward to this week’s new releases.

Lori Henderson devotes her latest Manga Dome podcast to the Christmas-themed (sort of) manga Sweet Rein.

Akemi looks at the mythology and setting of Attack on Titan at Myth and Manga.

Viz’s shonen rom-com Nisekoi, which has been out in digital for a while, is making the leap to print.

Shaenon Garrity discusses Chihayafuru, a card-game manga that goes beyond the usual manga stereotypes, in the latest House of 1000 Manga column at ANN.

News from Japan: Battle Angel Alita: Last Order is coming to an end. Dan Brown, the author of The DaVinci Code, will become a superpowered character in Bungō Stray Dogs.

Reviews: Carlo Santos checks out the latest new releases in his Right Turn Only!! column at ANN.

Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 1 of Absolute Boyfriend (Lesley’s Musings… on Manga)
Mark Thomas on vol. 16 of Arata: The Legend (The Fandom Post)
Erica Friedman on vol. 10 of Attack on Titan (Okazu)
Ash Brown on vol. 3 of Bond of Dreams, Bond of Love (Experiments in Manga)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 1 of I’ll Give It My All… Tomorrow (Lesley’s Musings… on Manga)
Andrew Lee on Tropic of the Sea (The Japan Times)
Erica Friedman on Yurimekuru Hibi (Okazu)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 3 of Soulless (Comics Worth Reading)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 7 of Sunshine Sketch (A Case Suitable for Treatment)

Kuroko’s Basketball suspect nabbed

After a year of threatening letters and cancelled events, police arrested a suspect in the Kuroko’s Basketball case this week. The suspect, 36-year-old Hirofumi Watanabe, was nabbed while mailing some letters, and according to police, he has already confessed.

Yen Press has more Sword Art Online manga on the way.

The Manga Bookshelf bloggers discuss their Pick of the Week.

Lori Henderson discusses Inu x Boku SS along with her regular features on the Manga Dome podcast at Manga Xanadu.

News from Japan: The 20th anniversary edition of Bessatsu Margaret comes with a dust jacket featuring characters from popular shonen manga; RocketNews24 gives us a peek. The top-selling manga on Amazon Japan this holiday season is vol. 12 of Yotsuba&!, and the top-selling vol. 1 of a manga is Attack on Titan, according to the folks at Japanator.

Reviews: The Manga Bookshelf team files this week’s Bookshelf Briefs. Ash Brown brings us through a week’s worth of manga reading at Experiments in Manga.

Ash Brown on 12 Days (Experiments in Manga)
Harry Edmundson-Cornell on vol. 2 of 20th Century Boys (Sequart)
Ken H on vols. 8 and 9 of Attack on Titan (Comics Should Be Good)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 10 of Attack on Titan (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
AstroNerdBoy on vol. 32 of Fairy Tail (AstroNerdBoy’s Anime and Manga Reviews)
Sarah on vols. 1-4 of Cardcaptor Sakura (nagareboshi reviews)
Sean Gaffney on vols. 4 and 5 of Hetalia: Axis Powers (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 10 of Itsuwaribito (The Comic Book Bin)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 2 of Judge (Comics Worth Reading)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 1 of Limit (Lesley’s Musings… on Manga)
Alex Hoffman on Pink (Manga Widget)
Andrew T on Pink (The Beguiling)
Kristin on vol. 1 of Sweet Rein (Comic Attack)
Ken H on vols. 1 and 2 of Triton of the Sea (Comics Should Be Good)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 2 of Voice Over: Seiyu Academy (The Comic Book Bin)