Promotional items

It’s a big week for graphic novel debuts, as has been noted by Jog, Chris Butcher, and many others.

If I were to pick a “book of the week,” I’d probably chicken out and call it a draw between American Born Chinese and Klezmer, both lovely in very different ways. Lucky residents of the San Francisco area or those who just happen to be there Sept. 20 can meet Gene Yang, creator of American Born Chinese, at an event at the Isotope. (Readers who want to meet Joann Sfar will probably have to travel to France, but really, isn’t that just a fringe benefit? The extras those people put in their manga! C’est magnifique!)

Speaking of promotional activities, Go! Comi is sponsoring a Cantarella Poetry Contest. Only one manga has ever inspired me to verse, but that shouldn’t stop you.

In other manga promotion news, Chris Butcher notes a change in the Tokyopop on-line exclusive initiative. I think one would categorize this story as “developing.”

I’ve been really negligent in giving a nod to Manga Mondays at Comics-and-More, so let me correct that. This week, Dave Ferraro throws in a list of his favorite anime (Paranoia Agent is so creepy and cool) before wondering why publishing Naruto is like printing money.

Oh, and if you were wondering about the book that provided the premise for the most recent episode of the wacky, long-running sitcom, That Darn Diamond, Tulip Tree Press has extensive preview strips available of House of Sugar by Rebecca Kratz. It looks really intriguing.

6 Responses to Promotional items

  1. Lyle says:

    Hm, now here’s the comment I was also gonna throw at Dave — have you checked out any of Satochi Kon’s other work? I liked Paranoia Agent until the end (which, IMO, didn’t make the story add up to much) but in total it pales to Kon’s films (Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers) which, when they got weird added up to something. (I really liked that Millennium Actress’ storytelling gimmick was used so effectively… unlike something like, say, Timecode.)

    (Tokyo Godfathers, BTW, is Kon’s most ordinary film — probably because it’s a remake, but there’s an greatness to it as well.)

  2. David Welsh says:

    I haven’t actually seen anything else by Satochi Kon, because I’m the most accidental anime viewer in the world. The only reason I’ve seen Paranoia Agent is because of insomnia, but I did think it was fabulous. (Same with the anime version of R.O.D..) But I’ll definitely search through Netflix for the titles you mentioned. Even my comics-indifferent partner is starting to enjoy freaky anime.

  3. John Jakala says:

    I really liked Paranoia Agent as well. I’d describe it as “the Watchmen of anime” (another idea for a post I’ll never get around to).

    Plus, that theme song is so catchy.

  4. David Welsh says:

    It’s hideously, insidiously catchy. In fact, it’s been running through my head since I read Dave’s post.

  5. jarred (mangacast) says:

    All you Kon fans, make sure to check out his newest feature film, Paprika, when Sony releases it early next year. I’ve heard mostly great things. ^_^

  6. Eerie. Guess what movie I just saw last night? Millennium Actress. What are the odds? And I wasn’t even the one to pick it out, although I had expressed an interest in seeing it since I’d liked Perfect Blue when I’d seen it years ago.

    (It’s worth noting that Roger, who really is not an anime fan, was utterly entranced by Millennium Actress. So I think your partner may quite enjoy it too.)

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