Sidebar notes

August 11, 2006

There’s movement among noted Bleach fans, and I’ve updated the sidebar to reflect it.

Greg McElhatton has started a new site, Read About Comics, which imports a ton of his reviews from iComics. I like the new site’s layout a lot.

John Jakala, creator of the late, great Grotesque Anatomy (still one of the best blog names ever) and contributor at The Low Road, has started another blog, Sporadic Sequential. I believe the appropriate sentiment for this situation is, “Yay!”

I don’t see any indication that Robin Brenner is a Bleach fan, but there are a lot of graphic novels out there, and Brenner does a great job covering the ones that are good reads for teens and kids at the No Flying, No Tights family of sites.


Hits

August 11, 2006

Like David Taylor, I keep hoping for a different manga title to surge to dominance. It’s not that I have anything against Naruto, but it’s not the only game in town. Looking at MangaCast’s latest report of sales rankings in Japan, maybe there’s hope that Bleach can at least join Naruto in the hit parade? (Both David and John Jakala are big Bleach fans, so it’s well past time for me to give the book a look.)

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Speaking of the hit parade, Brigid finds a Time Magazine interview with Natsuki Takaya, creator of the wonderful Fruits Basket. This article is much more to my liking than Time’s previous foray into manga coverage, but it has a much more specific focus this time around. (Also, I’m a big Fruits Basket junkie.)

“TIME: Fruits Basket has quite a following in the U.S. What do you think are the reasons for its popularity?
“NT: That definitely flatters and pleases me. Thank you very much. As for a reason, I can’t clearly distinguish one, but if people read it and think ‘I like this’ then that alone is enough to bring me joy.”

Yay! I’ve brought Natsuki Takaya joy! It seems only fair, though.

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The undiscovered gems keep coming at Yet Another Comics Blog. Send in yours, and win comics!

Since I’m in a manga frame of mind today, I would offer Chikyu Misaki and Off*Beat as two delightful but under-the-radar titles.