Just to get the Fantagraphics stuff out of the way, here are a few choice links: First of all, The Comics Journal has now published all four parts of Matt Thorn’s 2005 interview with Moto Hagio online (previously only available in print or on Matt Thorn’s blog). Click for parts one, two, three, and four.
While we’re at TCJ, you should also check out Shaenon Garrity’s recent post about Moto Hagio, I also like her creepy vampire kids. Meanwhile, Deb Aoki interviews Fantagraphics’ president Gary Groth at About.com.
One last piece of related info: Regarding all the press floating around about Shimura Takako’s Wandering Son, I was very gently informed by a transgender reader that the description of the series’ main characters that has appeared in nearly every release, “a boy who wants to be a girl” and “a girl who wants to be a boy,” would be much more respectfully phrased, “a transgender girl and transgender boy.” I’ve updated my own coverage to reflect this information, but I also said I’d try to help spread the word more widely over the manga blogosphere. So bloggers, if you’re reading, take note! I was grateful to be told and I thought others might be too.
Now to prove that I actually have cared about other things this week!
First, Manga Critic Kate Dacey posts a thoughtful (and admirably civil) response to this maddening review of Scott Pilgrim, If You’re Going to Hate on Manga…, laying out a set of genuinely helpful tips for western journalists who are interested in speaking intelligently about manga whether they enjoy the medium or not. Personally, I think everyone who sees this should read her post, including manga fans, some of whom (me included) may be guilty of similar sins when discussing western comics. If you follow one link in this entire post, let it be that one.
Next, Jason Thompson, another of my favorite voices in the manga blogosphere, has two great articles out this week: To Protect and Kill: Morality in Action Manga at io9 (title self-explanatory) and The Other Love that Dare Not Speak its Name at comiXology, which discusses the prevalence of incest as a theme in manga. Both offer the kind of expertise and thoughtful insight I’ve come to take for granted from Jason. (Thanks to Brigid Alverson for the links!)
A couple of newsy tidbits: Shonen Sunday is featuring an interview with mangaka Yuu Watase in which she discusses her new shonen series, Arata: The Legend. (Read the first nine chapters now for free at shonensunday.com.) Also, Chris Beveridge at Mania.com has the scoop on the planned manga section at Apple’s upcoming eBook store, as well as some thoughts on the future of digital distribution in general.
Lastly, Deb Aoki shared a link to this delightful post on Twitter earlier today, The Surprising Old-School Secret to Blogging Success from Sonia Simone at Copyblogger. The post offers up a radical suggestion to bloggers looking for new success in social networking. It’s a must-read for all of us!
That’s it for my lunch hour. Hope you enjoy yours!