Coming up

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.

3 Responses to Coming up

  1. […] posts this week’s manga (and “manga-ish”) list, and David Welsh takes an early look at some […]

  2. Robin B. says:


    Just wanted to pop up to say, if you haven’t read it yet, The Moon and Sandals from Yoshinaga is the one that hit me right where my love for Antique Bakery lives. If that makes any sense.

    Also, the Eisner nominee list is up…and I think manga folks will be pleased!

  3. davidpwelsh says:

    Thanks for the recommendation, Robin. The last time I was in a really good comic shop, I was trying to remember the title of that series based on which accessory was mentioned, and I got stuck on “Spectacles” for some reason, so I had no luck.

    And thanks for the pointer to the Eisner nominations! That’s quite a roster!

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