Manga review linkblogging

September 15, 2006

Over at PopCultureSchock, Erin F. goes highbrow with the latest Manga Recon column. There are reviews of A Patch of Dreams (Fanfare/Ponent Mon), Sexy Voice and Robo (Viz), Pyonyang: A Journey in North Korea (Drawn and Quarterly), How to “Read” Manga: Gloom Party (Digital Manga Publishing), and The Push Man & Other Stories (D&Q). (The fan-service averse should skip the PCS front page, lest they be confronted by some young woman threatening site visitors with her Ass of Doom.)

At Sporadic Sequential, John Jakala takes a look at the adorable but baffling Q-Ko-Chan: The Earth Invader Girl (Del Rey) and Omukae Desu (CMX). (John isn’t as taken with OD as I was.)

MangaCast (at the spiffily redesigned site) offer reviews of RavenSkull #1 (Seven Seas), Lunar Legend Tsukihime #2 (DrMaster), and the utterly appealing, way-too-short Chikyu Misaki #3 (CMX). Brigid at MangaBlog gave her thoughts on RavenSkull not too long ago.

Catalog shopping

September 15, 2006

Okay, order forms are due tomorrow, but the new Previews just showed up in the shop this week. Let’s see what’s there!

If you’ve been even vaguely intrigued with Phil and Kaja Foglio’s Girl Genius, Airship is giving you a great opportunity to see what it’s all about. They’re publishing a black and white, manga-sized Omnibus Edition priced at $14.95 for 312 pages of story.

Who knew First Second’s Mark Siegel had spare time? He’s illustrated two graphic novels for Aladdin Books: A new soft-cover version of Seadogs: An Epic Ocean Operetta, written by Lisa Wheeler, and To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel, written by Sienna Cherson Siegel.

I loved Gabrielle Bell’s When I’m Old and Other Stories, so chances are good I’ll feel the same about her new collection, Lucky (Drawn and Quarterly).

I mentioned it yesterday, but it bears repeating. Fanfare/Ponent Mon has a new collection of stories from Kan (Kinderbook) Takahama, called Awabi. Takahama’s stuff is gorgeous, and chances are slim that you’ll run across much of it in a bookstore, so if you’re interested, you might consider pre-ordering.

The solicitation text for Escape from Special (Fantagraphics) isn’t particularly helpful until it gets around to describing creator Miss Lask-Gross as “a love child of Linda Barry and David B. mid-wifed by Judy Blume.” Now that catches my attention. (Fantagraphics also seems to be having a summer sale with 20% off orders of $40 or more.)

This also seems to be one of those months where new volumes of tons of ongoing manga series I love come out. CMX has Emma vol. 2. Dark Horse has The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service vol. 2 (which I’m sure I’ll love if the first volume ever shows up). Del Rey has ES vol. 3. Seven Seas has Inverloch vol. 2. Tokyopop has Fruits Basket vol. 15, Sgt. Frog vol. 12 (of 12, apparently), and Shout Out Loud vol. 3. Vertical has the fourth soft-cover volume of Buddha. Viz has The Drifting Classroom vol. 3 and Monster vol. 6.

Okay, what did I miss?