Open portal thread

November 12, 2010

Brigid (MangaBlog) Alverson points to this report at Anime News Network, announcing that “37 Japanese publishers are collaborating to set up a joint portal site” for their manga. It seems like the kind of thing that could be so monumental as to drive me to use otherwise loathed phrases like “game changer” and “paradigm shift.”

So instead of the usual Friday license request, I thought I’d throw open a discussion of what kinds of comics you’d like to see included in the initiative, which publishers you’re most eager to see participate, and whatever other responses you have to this news.

Quick context

November 12, 2010

In case you’re wondering about the context of that quote in today’s Journalista, it came in response to a tweeted question from Ed Sizemore (Manga Worth Reading, Manga Out Loud), which led to a lively discussion on the difference between a reviewer and a critic. A number of folks offered their thoughts on the subject, as did Dirk Deppey, so that’s where that was spawned. (Sometimes you don’t know you need a hash-tag until it’s too late to use one.) For the record, I don’t find I value either criticism or review over the other as a reader, though I do tend to enjoy writing reviews more.

And speaking of reviewers, Melinda (Manga Bookshelf) Beasi lists some of those she finds most reliable, and I’m flattered to be among them.