Happy Birthday, MangaBlog!

March 5, 2009

In honor of MangaBlog’s fourth birthday, I decided to do Brigid a solid and link to her site for a change. I always enjoy her news round-ups and industry commentary, but I like her reviews even better. Brigid has an eye for detail and an ear for language; her reviews are filled with smart observations and smartly worded phrases that make me ache with envy as a fellow writer. She makes it look so easy!

If, like me, you’re a beneficiary of Brigid’s linkblogging largesse, take a minute to follow the links below, which will lead you to some of her best reviews. It seems like the least we can do for someone who’s helped put many of us on the virtual map!

Want more? Click here for the full MangaBlog review index. Here’s to many more years of news, reviews, and commentary!

Duly noted

March 5, 2009

Tom Spurgeon points to a welcome development at The New York Times: new comics sales figures to further muddy the waters! Suck it, BookScan! You’re so last month. I think weekly lists will be very interesting indeed. Heck, they already are, seeing how seriously seinen-y seinen from Dark Horse muscled its way onto the manga list amidst all the Naruto. I also love how the Times at least kind of explains its methodology right out of the gate instead of treating it like some seven-herbs-and-spices trade secret.

And, via Brigid Alverson, the School Library Journal delivers a report on the New York Comic-Con panel I would have most liked to attend.

It’ll be here before you know it

March 5, 2009

It’s never too early to start thinking about next year’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens list. The first round of nominations has been posted at the Young Adult Library Services Association’s site, and this year’s chair, Eva Volin, notes that “anyone, as long as that person isn’t the creator or publisher of the work, can nominate a title for this list. The book needs to have been originally published between September 1, 2008 and December 31, 2009.” Here’s the form, so what are you waiting for?

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to nominate Crogan’s Vengeance (Oni) before I forget.