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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.

Pick of the Week: Endings & Beginnings

It’s not an especially full week for new manga, but the Battle Robot is still able to make some fairly enthusiastic choices, thanks to the diverse catalogue of Yen Press. What looks good to you this week?

Bookshelf Briefs 4/21/14

This week, Melinda, Sean, and Michelle look at recent releases from Yen Press, Seven Seas, Viz Media, and Vertical, Inc. Bunny Drop, Vol. 10 | By Yumi Unita | Yen Press – For many fans, Bunny Drop was a tricky series (for reasons documented by nearly everyone), and though I found the final volumes more […]

Manga the Week of 4/23

SEAN: The 4th week of April brings us a variety of stuff, even if the majority comes from Yen Press, who always enjoy getting a week mostly to themselves (Viz usually owns Week 1 for this purpose). There’s not nearly as much Korean manwha coming out these days, so I can actually highlight it when […]

Pick of the Week: A Trio of Devils

There’s quite a bit on the table this week to please the Battle Robot, but the lure of new josei manga is too much for most to bear. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 4/16

SEAN: Mid-April brings us a wide variety of titles, with something for absolutely everyone. I often feel guilty for forgetting about Gen Manga’s releases, so will take the time to point out a new collection called Alive, which is apparently “a collection of melancholy love stories”, which will likely appeal to, well, indie comics fans. […]

Pick of the Week: Dawn of the Arcana & more!

There’s a lot of variety on the shelves this week, and though one volume in particular makes a strong showing, the Battle Robot has plenty of love to go around. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 4/9

SEAN: After a large first week, things settle down a bit, but there are several tasty titles coming out next week. Amazon had the 7th and 8th volumes of Ze bouncing around in release date hell for so long, I feel like these books have already come out five years ago. In any case, Vol. […]

Bookshelf Briefs 3/31/14

This week, Sean, Melinda, & Michelle look at recent releases from Seven Seas, Viz Media, Dark Horse, Kodansha Comics, and Yen Press. Alice in the Country of Clover: March Hare | By QuinRose and Soyogo Iwaki | Seven Seas – These one-shots can be interesting if you like to see the main male characters in […]

Pick of the Week: Library Wars & Others

There’s quite a bit to choose from this week, and though the Battle Robot’s heart seems to belong mostly to one series, a number of others rise to the top as well. What looks good to you this week?

Pick of the Week: What Did You Eat Yesterday?

There’s quite a bit of new manga on deck this week, but the Battle Robot has eyes for only one title—Vertical’s long-awaited debut of Fumi Yoshinaga’s foodie manga What Did You Eat Yesterday? What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 3/26

SEAN: Lots of things to enjoy in the very busy final week of the month, from a variety of publishers. I’m not entirely certain who Kintaro is or why he’s so incredible, but 801 Media’s The Incredible Kintaro is here to preach the good word to BL fans everywhere. ASH: I have it on very […]

Pick of the Week: Condition of the Heart

There are a number of compelling choices to be found among this week’s new manga, but the Battle Robot can’t help but follow its heart(s). What does your heart want this week?

Manga the Week of 3/19

SEAN: There are no quiet weeks for the month of March, each week having a surprisingly robust group of manga coming out. Here’s what’s next week. Genshiken returned after a hiatus, never a good sign, and with a ‘next generation’ cast that almost immediately brought back the previous generation, an even worse sign. Despite this, […]

Pick of the Week: Shounen & Seinen

There’s quite a bit to choose from this week in new manga, but the Battle Robot lines up for a combination of new seinen and older shounen—especially favoring omnibus re-releases. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 3/12

SEAN: There’s a lot of new titles here next week, so it’s a great one if you want to start off a series. Even if two of those are spinoffs of an already existing series. And one is a re-release omnibus. Details, details! I honestly keep forgetting Drifters exists. It’s one of those manga titles […]