In case you’re curious, I picked Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail (Del Rey) in the Shonen poll and Hinako Ashihara’s Sand Chronicles (Viz) in the Shojo run-off. Neither choice was particularly easy, as there are fun new series on both ballots. The Shojo pick was particularly tough, what with books like Ai Morinaga’s Your and My Secret and Kazune Kawahara’s High School Debut in the running.
The comics industry still seems to be getting back up to full speed after the holidays, but there are still a couple of very notable items on this week’s ComicList:
First is the eighth volume of The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (Dark Horse), written by Eiji Otsuka and drawn by Housui Yamazaki. I don’t know what else I can say about this series, other than that it’s delightfully quirky and cheerfully morbid and you should all buy it.
Second is the soft-cover version of Rick Geary’s The Lindbergh Child, from his Treasury of 20th Century Murder series (NBM). Do you remember when you were a kid in school and you wanted to do something cool with a reporter or project, and you thought it would be really fun and entertaining and educational, all at the same time? Geary’s crime histories always turn out like the cool project you envisioned (instead of the night-before reality).