Panel by panel

January 9, 2009

The New York Comic-Con has announced its preliminary schedule of panels. I won’t be able to make it this year, but if I did, these are the chats I wouldn’t want to miss.

  • Friday, Feb. 6
  • 10:15 a.m.: Newsflash: Teen Girls Read Manga! The wider media still seems to be amazed that female readers are a huge part of the boom in the manga market, but while the stereotypical manga and anime fan has long been the male otaku, we know that women are making massive contributions to fandom, the industry, and beyond. This panel will discuss the state of women in the manga industry, female fans within the manga community, and just where we might go from here in supporting and advocating for the media we — both women and men — love. Presented by Robin Brenner, Brigid Alverson, and Katherine Dacey. 1A24.

    (It’s possible that I might actually skip the ones after this so I could take the panel out for an early lunch, because seriously… Best. Panel. Ever.)

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    Slam dunk

    January 9, 2009

    The choices just keep coming from Deb Aoki at About.Com. This time, she’s asking readers to pick the Best Josei (Women’s) Manga of 2008. This one was a bit easier for me, as my heart belongs to Chica Umino’s Honey and Clover (Viz).