Another round

The American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association has added some nominations to its roster for the next round of Great Graphic Novels for Teens. The inclusion of Yellow Tanabe’s Kekkaishi (Viz) should make someone very happy.

Personally, I’m glad to see Yuji Iwahara’s King of Thorn (Tokyopop) and Yuki Urushibara’s Mushishi (Del Rey) make the short list. It’s an interesting mix of mainstream and indie, manga, manhwa, global and lots of flavors of “other.” (I’ll become tense if the next round doesn’t include Fumi Yoshinaga’s Flower of Life from DMP. Just so you know.)

If I were given to making predictions, I’d say that I suspect that Ai Morinaga’s My Heavenly Hockey Club (Del Rey), Tadashi Kawashima and Adachitoka’s Alive (Del Rey), Hideaki Sorachi’s Gin Tama (Viz), Satoru Akahori and Yukimaru Katsura’s Kashimashi (Seven Seas), and Kazuhiro Okomoto’s Translucent (Dark Horse) will show up before the nominations are over.

7 Responses to Another round

  1. John Jakala says:

    Yay! This is especially appropriate since Kekkaishi is a series that I started reading through the library!

    You’ve probably already linked to this before, but searching the ALA site I noticed that both Bleach and Kekkaishi show up on their “Recommended Manga Series” list. That Robin Brenner really knows her stuff!

    Also: All four volumes of Emma make the list. Yay again!!

  2. ChunHyang72 says:

    John may be the only one to celebrate Kekkaishi‘s nomination with a scan-a-thon (or maybe an original musical), but there are many of us who are glad to see this great series get its due. I have a feeling once the anime is licensed for the US market, we’ll see a big spike in sales.

  3. […] for Teens list, and of course many of them are manga. David Welsh is pleased and offers a few predictions for future titles. John Jakala is happy that Kekkaishi was named to the list but has some boos for […]

  4. Eva says:

    You know that you can nominate books, too, right? Go here for the nomination form:

    http://www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/booklistsawards/greatgraphicnovelsforteens/nomination.htm

  5. davidpwelsh says:

    Oh, I thought you had to be a librarian or educator to nominate something. Thanks!

  6. RobinB says:

    Also, just to chime in here — I am not the one responsible for nominating Kekkaishi, though I was delighted to discover it. That would be my colleague, Eva Volin, who definitely knows her manga!

    I’m glad to see you excited about the nominations, too! We’re still searching, and definitely, go ahead and nominate things you think we should look at! That goes for everyone. 🙂

  7. […] Last time I took a look, I predicted that Kazuhiro Oakmoto’s promising Translucent (Dark Horse) would show up before long, and my psychic powers are confirmed. Please ignore the fact that none of my other predictions have yet come to pass and gape in awe at my awesome psychic powers. […]

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