Despair is in the details

September 6, 2009


Would I use a three-day weekend as an excuse to slack off on a new Flipped column? Well, of course I would, but I didn’t in this instance. In fact, it’s even a day early. If Joyce Aurino can do all of that homework translating and adapting Koji Kumeta’s Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei (Del Rey), then the least I can do is say nice things about her work.


Twists and turns

August 31, 2009

First, there’s a new Flipped up over at The Comics Reporter. I worked really hard on it, and even I don’t even care any more, because, wow, what’s the opposite of a slow news day? Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, that’s what the opposite is.

Since Marvel and Disney are so 10:18 a.m., I’ll point you towards Brigid Alverson’s scoop that Kodansha is letting its licenses with Tokyopop lapse. I popped over to Wikipedia to see if there was any handy chart or graph that would allow me to compare original publisher and U.S. licensing agent, and voila. It’s incomplete and should probably be taken with whatever quantity of salt you usually apply to that particular resource, but it’s a start, and here are the titles I culled (with an updated pointer to Deb Aoki’s breakdown of which titles are unfinished):

A.I. Love You
Baby Birth
Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad
Boys Be…
Cardcaptor Sakura
(due for omnibus treatment from Dark Horse, I think)
Cherry Juice
(due for omnibus treatment from Dark Horse)
(available in new omnibus from Dark Horse)
Confidential Confessions
Cyborg 009
Dead End
Deus Vitae
Dragon Head
Dragon Voice
Dream Saga
Et Cetera
Flower of Eden
(licensed but never published)
Girl Got Game
Great Teacher Onizuka
GTO: The Early Years
Harlem BeatRebound
Heat Guy J
Ice Blade
Initial D
Instant Teen: Just Add Nuts
Jing: King of Bandits
Kami Kaze
Kamichama Karin
Kedamono Damono
Kilala Princess
Kindaichi Case Files
Love Hina
Magic Knight Rayearth
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
Miracle Girls
Mobile Fighter G Gundam
Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: The Blue Destiny
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
(since published anew by Del Rey)
Peach Girl
and spin-offs
Pixie Pop
Le Portrait de Petite Cossette
Psychic Academy
Rave Master
RG Veda
Rose Hip Rose
Sailor Moon
Saint Tail
Sakura Taisen
Samurai Deeper Kyo
(picked up by Del Rey)
Telepathic Wanderers
Tokyo Mew Mew
and sequel
Tramps Like Us
Voices of a Distant Star
Warriors of Tao
Zodiac P.I.

Feel free to note any I missed in the comments, and I’ll update the list.

Prithee click

August 24, 2009


This week’s Flipped is up, offering my view of Fumi Yoshinaga’s very eagerly anticipated and (in my opinion) not at all disappointing Ôoku: The Inner Chambers.

It’s the humidity

August 17, 2009


That’s the way, totally improbable mercenaries. Freshen up from the August heat and conserve our precious natural resources at the same time. This week’s Flipped offers more suggestions on how to wile away these last few sweltering weeks of summer.

Rough seas, dead trees

August 10, 2009


You know what’s great about print versions of comics that are available for free online? Back covers featuring grizzled old men covered with tattoos — that’s what’s great about them. Now, I will freely admit, when I saw Kate Dacey’s beautiful review of Daisuke Igarashi’s Children of the Sea, I almost switched topics for this week’s Flipped, because seriously, what else needed to be said that The Manga Critic hadn’t already covered much more artfully than I could? But I’d painted myself into a corner, and I really wanted to write about the book because it’s lovely in some very unusual ways, so you’ve all been spared my treatise on 10 sizzling shônen bromances… FOR NOW.

Point and click

August 3, 2009

This week’s Flipped is up. I take a look at Viz’s SIGIKKI site and the many interesting titles previewed there. Over at Manga Worth Reading, Johanna Draper Carlson has taken a two-part look at various titles and is running a poll on readers’ early favorites.

What happens in Vegas…

July 20, 2009

… has nothing to do with what’s about to happen in San Diego at the 2009 Comic-Con International, except for the fact that I might actually go if it were happening in Vegas. I love comics, I really do, and there are some great-sounding panels and activities (which I cherry pick in this week’s Flipped), but I can’t see taking a plane and everything that entails just for a comics convention. I’m going to SPX this year, but that’s an easy and pleasant drive for me to one of my favorite metropolitan areas. If CCI moved to Vegas, I could combine it with a bunch of other destinations that I really love, like Zion National Park in southern Utah and… well… Vegas. (And yes, I know that exhibitors are concerned that their potential convention customers would be waylaid by shiny, jingly slot machines and the like and not spend anything on comics. That’s a perfectly reasonable concern, but as usual, I’m coming at this from an entirely selfish perspective.)

Update: Speaking of cons, there’s a terrific roundtable on girls and fandom up at Robot 6.

Elsewhere at The Comics Reporter, Tom points to this article about someone snatching up domain names of people, including an emerging queer performer, to post virulently anti-gay evangelical comics. (I know they aren’t just anti-gay, but that’s what initially got my hackles up.) Nothing communicates a heartfelt desire to share one’s faith like ambushing people expecting something completely different while robbing an artist of a potential venue to promote his or her work.