And comics quickies

April 5, 2005

Spatula Forum wants to give you some copies of Jay’s Days in the Jay’s Days Most Embarassing Moments Contest. Having routinely humiliated myself since I’ve been old enough to speak, I really might have a shot at this one. (Deadline is April 15.)

The good folks at Comic Book Galaxy are holding their very own Super-F*cking Contest, in collaboration with Top Shelf and cartoonist James Kolchalka. (Deadline is April 30.)

At The Comics Reporter, Tom Spurgeon takes a very insightful look at “death-driven limited series” and their various implications. If you can stand one more review of Countdown (presuming you’ve already read Paul O’Brien’s), stop by The Shrew Review.

Brian Cronin’s masochism bubbles to the surface again at Comics Should Be Good, as he offers another opportunity for you to decide what he reads next. He’s totally serious, too. He’s even read the That’s So Raven cine-manga. Hard. Core. (Brian does take all the fun out of it by having fairly eclectic tastes in comics to begin with, so it’s not like you can make him weep bitter tears of manly frustration by making him read Paradise Kiss. Killjoy.)

Johanna Draper Carlson has details on Squiddy Awards voting at Cognitive Dissonance.

And last, but not least, I’m not the only one who thinks Manhunter deserves better sales. Gail Simone likes it, too. And if you can’t trust Gail, who can you trust?

Manga mentions

April 5, 2005

When two companies love each other very much, they celebrate their union with a merger. Viz and ShoPro Entertainment have joined in mergermonial bliss to form Viz Media. The details are here.

In other Viz Media news that doesn’t involve the obscuring of what may or may not be considered naughty bits, you can now subscribe to Shojo Beat and its companion newsletter here.

Two Davids (we are legion) offer up some nice manga reviews. David Taylor at Love Manga looks at Doubt!!, Dead End, and The Tarot Cafe. At Yet Another Comics Blog, Dave Carter offers side-by-side comments on two Shonen Jump titles, The Prince of Tennis and the splendid Hikaru No Go. In non-David manga criticism news, Johanna Draper Carlson has updated the Othello page with notes on the third volume at Comics Worth Reading.

By now, I’d meant to have read the first volumes of Tramps Like Us and Wallflower, but I got distracted by prose, specifically Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, by Ruth Reichl. I really enjoyed Reichl’s other books, Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me With Apples, and G&S continues the trend. It covers her time as restaurant critic for The New York Times, and it’s very difficult to put down.

In this week’s Flipped, I’m apparently fixated on nipples. Be afraid.