Upcoming 1/14/2009

January 13, 2009

I’ve gotten the year right three weeks in a row. Go, me!

Time again for a quick look at this week’s ComicList:

Okay, now how exactly did this title slide under my radar? Ghost Talker’s Daydream (Dark Horse), written by Saki Okuse and drawn by Sankichi Meguro, triggers both my “not for me” alarm and my “this is too bizarre to not at least sample, even if I’ll never feel clean again” alarm. An albino virgin dominatrix who sees dead people? It’s like Lady Heather from CSI crossed with The Ghost Whisperer. Reviews have been mixed, but morbid curiosity threatens to overpower good sense on this one. The third volume is due out this week.

In much more familiar territory, Viz unleashes a hailstorm of some of its best shôjo titles, from Nana (volume 14) to High School Debut (volume 7) to Sand Chronicles (volume 4) to a bunch of others that are regarded very warmly by fans and critics but that I have yet to sample in depth because there are only so many hours in a day.

Globalization, mobilization

January 13, 2009

Deb Aoki has another poll out, this one focused on 2008’s Best New Original English Language Manga. I voted for Nina Matsumoto’s funny, polished Yokaiden (Del Rey), but I suspect all will be crushed in the wave of support for Anima (Yaoi Press), by Dany and Dany. In the handful of hours since the poll was posted, Anima has already received more votes than the two front-runners in the shojo poll have in a week.