Wednesday morning links

There are some interesting articles in the latest Publishers Weekly Comics Week, including Kai-Ming Cha’s report on the China International Cartoon and Animation Festival in Hangzhou, Brigid Alverson’s interview with Viz’s Cammie Allen on the upcoming Naruto push, and an byline-less article on the first Kids Comic-Con, memorable mostly for this… memorable quote:

“Speaking about comics as educational tools, Scholastic executive editor Sheila Keenan said, ‘For more literate people, when you read a novel you kind of see the movie in your head. But for others, it’s like reading music note for note—you don’t see the bigger picture. Comics can be a way to present that bigger picture.’”

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MangaCast runs through the nominees for the 11th annual Tezuka Awards, with images, commentary and other useful information:

“Is it too early for to ask Viz, Vertical and FanFare to pick up these titles fast? Death Note is already here and I am sure the only thing holding Ohoku back is how to market Yoshinaga as seinen/josei (I am sure that is why her other cooking manga haven’t been announced yet).”

Wait… there’s another Fumi Yoshinaga cooking manga out there, waiting to be licensed? Haven’t we reached the point when the only thing you need to do to market a Yoshinaga series is to put Yoshinaga’s name on it? (Okay, maybe that wouldn’t work with everyone, but it does with me.)

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ICv2 has details on some upcoming shôjo series from Viz scheduled for September 2007 and January 2008, including Kawahara Kazune’s Koukou Debut:

“The first new Shojo Beat release of 2008 will be High School Debut (Koukou Debut) a slice-of-life high school comedy romance about a tomboy who, when she gets to high school decides that she wants to get a boyfriend — the only problem is that she doesn’t know how, so she asks a popular guy to show her the way — his only condition, that she doesn’t fall in love with him. High School Debut appeared in the Japanese shojo anthology Margaret, where the stories tend to be a little more mature than those in other popular shojo magazines such as Ribbon and Hana to Yume.”

MangaCast has an in-depth preview of another of the titles on the slate, Maki Minami’s Special A.

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At Crocodile Caucus, Lyle continues his “Shojo Peek” series with a look at the recently-published preview of increasingly ubiquitous Chika Shiomi’s Yurara, contemplating some of shôjo heroine tropes in the process.

4 Responses to Wednesday morning links

  1. Estara says:

    I didn’t mention Kokou Debut, because it’s only coming out in 2008, but should you not have gotten into the scanlations of it, nevertheless put in an order. You’re probably will like it as much as Ouran High School Club, although the main cast is around six people with the tomboy and the popular guy as the real heroes.

  2. davidpwelsh says:

    Between you and Huff and the other descriptions I’ve found, I’m intrigued! (I’m not much for scanlations for the simple reason that I just don’t like reading comics on a computer. I’m painfully old-fashioned that way.)

  3. Lilliandp says:

    Yoshinaga’s cooking manga is brand new. 🙂 It’s only had a couple of chapters out so far, in one of Kodansha’s seinen magazines. It’s great, though! It’s called “Kinou Nani Tabeta?” which means, “What did you eat yesterday,” and it’s about an uptight, closeted lawyer and his hairdresser boyfriend. Mr. Lawyer cooks as a hobby, so we get typical romantic Yoshinaga hijinks, plus cooking.

    Once it gets underway, I think that’s a pretty obvious choice for a license. Ouoku, on the other hand, is dense, and difficult. I think it’s amazing, but it’s an alternate history of a period that most non-Japanese don’t know much about, so at first I found it really difficult to separate the actual history from the Yoshinaga history. It’s pretty serious and grim in places, too, with fewer of the flashes of humor that Yoshinaga is known for. Maybe someone will pick it up one of these days, though. With two (thick) volumes out, and counting, it would be a really exciting project.

  4. davidpwelsh says:

    “Maybe someone will pick it up one of these days, though. With two (thick) volumes out, and counting, it would be a really exciting project.”

    Sounds like a potential Fanfare project. I’ve always thought Yoshinaga would fit nicely into the nouvelle category, just because she seems to write and draw precisely what she pleases.

    Thanks for the information!

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