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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: Almost a Clean Sweep

With this week’s picks, Sean is nostalgic for the past, but the rest of Manga Bookshelf is looking towards the future.

Manga the Week of 10/7

SEAN: First week of October, and therefore hope you like Viz. But first: Diamond Comics has been messing with me, saying this wasn’t coming out and then saying it was. Amazon says 10/21, but they’re usually behind Diamond by 2 weeks. I don’t know when it’s actually coming out (this makes me nostalgic for Dark […]

Pick of the Week: Vikings, Japan, and Space

The final week of September brings a wide variety of titles, and the Manga Bookshelf bloggers have a wide variety of picks.

Manga the Week of 9/30

SEAN: It’s a somewhat busy 5th week this time around, with a lot of stuff from Kodansha. After a brief delay, I believe we now are getting the final volume of Shigeru Mizuki’s epic biography/history Showa next week from Drawn & Quarterly, covering 1953-1989. ASH: I am so glad this series was translated. SEAN: Speaking […]

Pick of the Week: Digital Love

Sean and Ash are interested in some print titles from this week, but most of the team has their eyes on a digital-only shoujo release.

Manga the Week of 9/23

SEAN: Did I mention Yen’s digital rollout makes next week even longer? 30 titles. 30. Let that roll around your head for a while. Before we get to Yen, let’s talk Devil Survivor, a new Kodansha series based off of an RPG that’s apparently quite popular. Lots of demons here. Seven Seas has a 12th […]

Pick of the Week: Astro-nomical!

It’s rare that the team is united like this, but the promise of a new edition of Osamu Tezuka’s most iconic series has our hearts beating as one.

Manga the Week of 9/16

SEAN: If you like tiny weeks where you can take a break from reading all the manga in the world, this is the week for you. ASH: No, no, Sean. It’s not a week for taking a break, it’s a week for catching up! MELINDA: In fact, from the looks of things, that’s my task […]

Pick of the Week: Rose King & Butler

There’s a decent showing of new manga this week, but with an Aya Kanno series back in the mix, the Battle Robot can’t help but (mostly) rally around one particular title (certain combat butlers notwithstanding). What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 9/9

SEAN: The second week of the month is always the oddest, in my opinion. Not drenched in Shonen Jump, Shojo Beat or Yen titles, it tends towards Viz’s Shonen Sunday, Seven Seas, and a few oddities. Let’s see what’s out next week. xxxHOLIC gets its 7th and final omnibus, as the series grinds to a […]

Manga the Week of 9/2

SEAN: School’s back in session. Do you have all your manga supplies? The old favorites? The new series? The zipatone? Let’s see what you might want to pick up. Dark Horse still knows we like our samurai manga with the 6th New Lone Wolf & Cub. ASH: I’m still catching up with the old school […]

Manga the Week of 8/12

SEAN: If you want a quiet week with not much manga, next week is pretty much the only week in August you’ll get it, so enjoy. Kodansha has its 5th Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle omnibus, which I think is busying itself by walking around the X continuity. ANNA: You know what would be nice? If X/1999 […]

Pick of the Week: Sparkling Series

Several titles have interested the Manga Bookshelf team this week, including one that has succeeded in Kickstartetring our Hearts.

Manga the Week of 7/29

SEAN: It’s become almost musical, the way manga comes out. Huge week… quiet week. Huge week… quiet week. The occasional 5th week trips up the manga dancer with the brief shift into 5/4 time. How is our quick-quick-slow week? Dark Horse is doing it again, folks. Here is the first omnibus volume of a seinen […]

Pick of the Week: Plenty of Shoujo

Shoujo takes the lead on this fairly full shipping week, but the Battle Robot has its eyes on a variety of titles, shoujo and otherwise. What looks good to you this week?