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About Melinda Beasi

Melinda Beasi (Editor) has written about manga, manhwa, and other East Asian-influenced comics at Manga Bookshelf, PopCultureShock's Manga Recon, and CBR's Comics Should Be Good, where you can find her periodic review column, Tokidoki Daylight as well as The NANA Project, a collaborative project with Danielle Leigh and Michelle Smith. She's also been spotted as a guest writer at MangaBlog, The Hooded Utilitarian, Comics Worth Reading, The Beat, and other websites, and as a guest on the podcasts Manga Out Loud and Fandomspotting. Offline, Melinda planned and edited the book Manga: Introduction, Challenges, and Best Practices for the Comic Book Legal Defense fund, due out from Dark Horse Comics in December 2013. Melinda lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts, where she can most often be found rambling through town in the company of her dog, Lucy. Click here for an index of Melinda's offsite writing.

Manga the Week of 9/3

SEAN: Remember when I whined about so many titles coming out in August? Yeah, September is just as bad if not worse. Didn’t the manga boom end? Here’s what’s out the first week: Dark Horse gives us the 2nd volume of the New, Modern-day Lone Wolf… no, wait, it’s the New Lone Wolf & Cub, […]

Bookshelf Briefs 8/25/14

This week, Sean, Melinda, Anna, & Michelle look at recent releases from Seven Seas, Viz Media, and Vertical, Inc. Devils and Realist, Vol. 2 | By utako Yukihiro and Madoka Takadono | Seven Seas – Much of the first volume of this series was the lead character being shown various demonic and fascinating things and […]

Pick of the Week: Guilty Pleasures & More

This week’s small shipping list leaves the Battle Robot to admit to some guilty (and not-so-guilty) pleasures, among others. What looks good to you this week?

Pick of the Week: Arakawa & More

MELINDA: There isn’t a ton of manga I’m dying to buy this week, but enough that I did have to make a relatively difficult choice. In the end, I’ve embraced a favorite artist, even if it might not be the work I’m most interested in seeing from her–and that would be Hiromu Arakawa and her […]

Manga the Week of 8/20

SEAN: There’s a little something for everyone in the third week of August, so let’s see what demographics we can scrounge up. First off, it’s not out in bookstores yet, but Fantagraphics has shipped its 7th volume of Wandering Son to its Kickstarter backers. It’s still a must-read for anyone who likes good manga about […]

Pick of the Week: Loveless! And other stuff.

If you ever wondered who writes the PotW headlines, wonder no more! Though there’s a decent amount of new manga shipping this week, and several picks chosen by the Battle Robot, one title dominates our editor’s mind. Fortunately, she’s not alone.

Manga the Week of 8/13

SEAN: If there was a quiet week in August, next week would be it, with a mere nine titles. Dark Horse has the 2nd of its Samurai Executioner omnibii, for those who can’t get enough of samurai, manliness, and manly samurai. ASH: Surprisingly enough, I haven’t actually read any of Samurai Executioner. This would probably […]

Pick of the Week: Black Rose Alice & more!

It’s an exceptional week (in an exceptional month, to hear Sean tell it), and there’s plenty for the Battle Robot to look forward to. Betcha can’t read just one! What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 8/6

SEAN: There is so much manga out in August it beggars belief. Over 50 different titles in the month. And the first week is the biggest. So buckle up. ANNA: I can see myself undergoing some major psychological trauma trying to choose between titles for Pick of the Week. SEAN: Dark Horse has nearly wrapped […]

Manga the Week of 7/30

SEAN: A 5th week of the month is usually sparse, but we do have a few interesting things due out at the tail end of July. Gen Manga offers you a choice of Indie Manga. Either you will think that One Is Enough, or perhaps you’d rather be with an Anomal. Choose wisely. (They do […]

Pick of the Week: Almost Unanimous

Despite a shipping week rich in blogger favorites, the Battle Robot’s rallies around Vertical’s latest debut with near unanimity. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 7/23

SEAN: There’s so much stuff coming out next week you’d think it was a first week of the month. Remember when Yen Press was just three or so titles a month? We’ll start off with Dark Horse, who are still releasing Gantz, even as it’s up to Vol. 32 and surely running out of rubber […]

Pick of the Week: The Anti-pick?

What has the Battle Robot learned this week? Do your research! After expressing anticipation for one of this week’s releases, reader comments sent our bloggers scrambling for new choices. (Fortunately, there were many at hand! Thanks Urasawa & Yoshinaga!) What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 7/16

SEAN: Mid-month always tends to bring the oddest stuff. Anything unusual here? First off, Seven Seas apparently delayed the release of Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight’s Knowledge 1 at the last minute, after we went to press. It’s actually out next week. ANNA: I hope it features Ace murdering people and getting lost […]

Pick of the Week: Shounen Favorites

It’s a relatively low-key shipping week, giving the Battle Robot an opportunity to recommend some long-time shounen favorites (along with at least one newer series). What looks good to you this week?