Monday manga miscellany

July 24, 2006

I’ve never had much luck with manga shopping at Half Price Books. The closest one to where I live usually has a tragic little rolling cart with a handful of titles like Yu-Gi-Oh. This weekend’s impulse visit was happily different. The cart was still tiny and sad, but there were some books from Cocoro’s Hino Horror series and, even better, Japan, Inc.

After reading Hideshi Hino’s Black Cat, I wish I’d grabbed more titles from the series. I like Hino’s spooky, moody style. I’ll just have to content myself with Black Cat and Ghost School for now.

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What’s this? More manga from Fumi Yoshinaga, creator of Antique Bakery? Yes, please! (Found via MangaBlog.) Hasn’t someone licensed Gerard & Jacques too? There have been so many announcements lately that I can’t keep track.

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I really need to take the plunge and try some more manhwa. Does anyone have any recommendations? (And please, I beg of you, don’t suggest Honey Mustard or I’ll think you’re just being cruel.)

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The worst Manga 101 article lead I’ve seen lately? “Holy sushi!” from The Orlando Sentinel.

No article of this type can be all bad if it features an interview with Dawn Rutherford of the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee, and this one’s not bad at all. I find “Bambi-eyed” a nice variation on the customary comment on ocular gigantism. Maybe it’s a meta-comment on the influences Osamu Tezuka drew from Walt Disney?

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In this week’s Flipped, I take a look at some titles from Seven Seas Entertainment. Speaking of Seven Seas and global manga, there’s some interesting conversation on both subjects over at Love Manga.