Talking to myself

April 17, 2007

In the midst of my weekend bout of manganization, I had what I thought was a stroke of genius, but it was really just another reason why I should never be given a position of responsibility in manga publishing.

I was looking at the cover of a volume of Death Note, and I got all indignant at the blurb that mentioned the book was by the same artist who illustrated Hikaru no Go. I thought to myself, “Well, what does that accomplish? Tons of people are already reading Death Note. They should put the blurb on the cover of Hikaru no Go.”

Then I noticed that all of the books I was shelving had only their spines showing, and that people are much more likely to see a blurb for Hikaru on Death Note than the other way around. I can only attribute this exchange to the fumes from the composite wood products in the shelves I’d assembled.

Another recent conversation with myself reveals that, in addition to spending too much time reading manga, I spend far too much time watching television. The transcription can be found in this week’s Flipped.

Coming up

April 17, 2007

Some highlights from this week’s ComicList:

If zombies were the new pirates, and princesses were the new zombies, are vampires the new princesses? Or do vampires have sufficient cultural currency that they’re exempt from the fad cycle? I have no idea, but CMX is headed to the blood bank with the release of Chika Shiomi’s Canon, the tale of a heroic teen bloodsucker looking to avenge her entire high-school class. I think it gets off to a solid start.

Readers who loved Fumi Yoshinaga’s Antique Bakery (DMP) might want to take a look at The Flower of Life (Juné). Once again, Yoshinaga looks at a satisfying array of interpersonal relationships with warmth, intelligence, humor and her trademark quirkiness. The second volume ships Wednesday. I reviewed the first volume here.

I mention the comic-shop arrival of Avril Lavigne’s Make 5 Wishes (Del Rey) only because it came up in this conversation at Comics Worth Reading, and I can use it as an opportunity to mention Nicolas De Crécy’s superb Glacial Period (NBM) again. I generally agree that sell-out announcements aren’t really news, but I’m going to side with commenter Joe Williams in this instance:

“The fact that NBM will sell out of a 4000 print run for a foreign release where the author, as far as I know, has yet to be published in America and a book that deals with a French cultural institution is pretty impressive in my book.”

Mine, too.

Speaking of shouting from the rooftops (or any available setting, really), it’s time for the fifth volume of Kazuo Umezu’s The Drifting Classroom (Viz Signature). As always, things get worse for the stranded elementary school students. You wouldn’t think it would be possible, but they do.