December 1, 2010

The folks at Flashlight Worthy asked me to contribute a title to their “Best Graphic Novels of 2010” list, and I was happy to do so, as I was in 2009. As always, reading these lists makes my shopping list a little bit longer, but that’s a good thing.

MMF: The One Piece Alphabet

December 1, 2010

In observance of the One Piece Manga Moveable Feast, I’m taking a week off from The Seinen Alphabet in favor of something a little more Straw Hatted. Without further ado, I give you the One Piece Alphabet…

A is for Ace, brother of Luffy
B is for Brook, so bony and scruffy

C is for Chopper, a reindeer and healer
D is for Devil Fruit, don’t need a peeler

E is for Eneru, omnipotent meanie
F is for Franky, cyborg in bikini

G is for Gold Roger, King Buccaneer
H is for Hamburg, a Foxy’s crew peer

I is for Islands, some just viewed in passin’
J is for Jabra, a world gov. assassin

K is for Kuro, a black-hearted zero
L is for Luffy, our rubber-limbed hero

M is for Merry Go, first ship of dreams
N is for Nami, who keeps charts and schemes

O is for Oda, creator of note
P is for Pirates, of whom Oda wrote

Q is for Doc Q., a Blackbeard cohort
R is for Robin, a sly, bookish sort

S is for Sanji, a cooking sensation
T is for Thousand Sunny, Franky’s creation

U is for Usopp, attacks while still distant
V is for Ms. Valentine, Baroques Works assistant

W is for Whitebeard, with mighty moustache
X is for X. Drake, his bounty’s big cash

Y is for Yasopp, left Usopp behind
Z is for Zolo, the swordsman defined.

One Piece MMF: Day Three Links

December 1, 2010

Lori (Manga Xanadu) Henderson looks at One Piece from both directions, reviewing the first four volumes at her home blog and looking at a part of a more recent story arc at Comics Village.

Ash (Experiments in Manga) Brown reviews the first volume, “Romance Dawn,” and concludes that “it would be worth pursuing some of the later books to see if it can capture my interest.”

ABCBTom continues to examine the “Baroque Works” arc, specifically “Vivi vs. Crocodile.”

If Nico Robin could be any kind of lantern, what kind of lantern would she be? Sam (A Life in Panels) Kusek has a theory and a sketch.

The Reverse Thieves mark the MMF again by re-posting their very entertaining podcast on the series.

And Daniella (All About Manga) Orihuela-Gruber discusses the obstacles of logistics, personal preferences other obstacles to entry in “November MMF: I didn’t read One Piece.”