- CMX releases the eagerly anticipated Emma, which I had reviewed in proof form a while back. The finished cover is quite lovely with an appealingly antique-y paper stock.
- Pantheon brings the new Marjane Satrapi book, Chicken with Plums. The book made Entertainment Weekly’s Must List without any mention of it being a graphic novel.
- Tokyopop offers the fourth volume of the little book that might, Dragon Head.
- Viz has the fourth volume of Ai Yazawa’s Nana, which gets better with every installment. And it started really well.
Okay, that isn’t quite as burdensome as it seemed at first glance, but there’s still lots of nice stuff. The MangaCast of characters hit the highlights of the week’s manga releases. And folks like Jog and Daves Carter and Ferraro take the week’s shipping list out for a spin.
If you’re still looking for reasons to part with your hard-earned cash, there are lots of well-written reviews floating about the blogosphere:
- Johanna Draper Carlson covers two of my favorite books (Japan as Viewed by 17 Creators and Girl Genius) in her latest column for Comics Unlimited.
- Dirk Deppey thoughtfully examines the excellent American Born Chinese and continues his scanlation tour.
- Lyle keeps watch on Shojo Beat previews with a look at Tail of the Moon.
- Updated to add: Steven Grant reviews two Del Rey books, Ghost Hunt and Q-Ko-Chan, in the latest installment of Permanent Damage. I wasn’t particularly impressed with the first volume of Ghost Hunt, but it sounds like it may be worth another look.