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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 4/22

SEAN: I feel that the “Yen Press” week of every month is just going to be like this now, and we will simply have to accept it. Before Yen, though, there’s also enough from other publishers to make it a big week anyway. Gantz is still not over, as the 35th volume from Dark Horse […]

Pick of the Week: Seki & more!

It’s a smallish, but interesting week for new manga, and the Battle Robot has its hands full trying to choose. Seki? Magi? Something else? What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 4/15

SEAN: Welcome to a wonderful week of manga here on Manga the Week of. For those of you who don’t like variety, there’s variety! Dark Horse has the first volume of Oreimo spinoff Kuroneko, for those remaining fans who weren’t completely put off by the ending of the main series. Does anyone remember Aquarion? Anyone? […]

Pick of the Week: Shoujorama

There’s a lot to choose from this week, especially Viz-licensed shoujo, which captures the bulk of the Battle Robot’s picks this time around. What looks good to you this week?

Bookshelf Briefs 4/7/15

This week, Sean, Michelle, & Anna look at recent releases from Viz Media & Kodansha Comics. Arata: The Legend, Vol. 21 | By Yuu Watase | Viz Media – Arata and company have entered the territory of Ikisu, a gender-indeterminate member of the Six Sho who wields scent-based powers. Ikisu uses these to amplify the […]

Manga the Week of 4/8

SEAN: ‘Tis Spring, and a young man or woman’s thoughts naturally turn to manga. What pleasures await us next week? Unlike Strike Witches (look, panties!), Arpeggio of Blue Steel is an honest to goodness spy thriller that just happens to feature girls who are battleships. This is likely why I’m looking forward to the fourth […]

Pick of the Week: Yoshinaga & More

It’s a relatively robust shipping week for the beginning of the month, but the Battle Robot is pretty well-consumed by only three titles. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 4/1

SEAN: No, this isn’t an April Fool, there’s actually quite a lot of manga out this week (not technically a ‘first week of the month’ as it’s the 1st – if that makes sense). Another era passes, as Dark Horse puts out the final volume of Blade of the Immortal, about which I’m sure Ash […]

Pick of the Week: Abundance

It’s a fairly epic week for new manga, including quite a number of continuing/ending favorites and a slew of debut volumes for the Battle Robot to choose from. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 3/25

SEAN: Oh dear. First off, it may not be in stores yet, but Kickstarter backers have gotten their two volumes of Tezuka’s Captain Ken from DMP. One of his early 60s shonen series (though, as with most of his series for kids, there are darker undertones), it’s complete in 2 volumes. Kodansha stuff next. Air […]

Pick of the Week: Late. Late.

It’s a bit of a slowish week once again in the world of new manga, but there’s plenty to keep the Battle Robot occupied, if perhaps not as enthusiastically (or promptly) as sometimes. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 3/18

SEAN: Enjoy this last mild week of manga, before March 25’s apocalyptic deluge. Starting off, we have not a manga per se, but something that deserves attention nonetheless. Just So Happens is coming out from Abrams as a graphic novel, and details a Japanese woman who lives in London but has to return to Japan […]

Pick of the Week: Requiem of the Rose King

Though there is a decent amount of new manga on the horizon this week, it is a rare unanimous moment for the Battle Robot, as it joins together to recommend the latest from Otomen‘s Aya Kanno. What looks good to you this week?

Sparkler Monthly picks up Orange Junk

We’ve got some exciting digital comics news to break today! As of, well, right now, Manga Bookshelf favorite Chromatic Press (Sparkler Monthly) is the official publisher of shoujo-style comedy series Orange Junk, formerly one of the most popular comics at the (mostly) fan-funded Inkblazers.com, which officially shut down earlier this year. From Mexican comic artist […]

Manga the Week of 3/11

SEAN: A small second week of the month, but with a lot of variety. For comedy fans, we have the 4th volume of D-Frag! from Seven Seas. And they’re also giving us the 2nd and final volume of Girls Und Panzer prequel Little Army. Sublime has been fairly quiet lately. Are they playing hide and […]