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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: A Fistful of Yen

The majority of this week’s titles are from Yen Press, and our Manga Bookshelf team has a wide variety of choices they can’t wait for..

Manga the Week of 5/25

SEAN: Does it say something that having only 25 titles out the week of a Yen Press release dump is rather mild now? I keep thinking “it could be worse!”. I think it’s the new normal. There are other publishers, of course. Kodansha Comics gives us a 2nd volume of Real Account, a title with […]

Manga the Week of 5/18

SEAN: Third weeks of the month tend to be grab bag weeks, and this is no exception, but as with most grab bags, there’s always something in there that’s of interest. For those who were eagerly awaiting the new volume of Blood C, I got nothing. But we do have a spinoff from that series, […]

Pick of the Week: Some Hail the King

SEAN: It’s a small week, but there’s a few items of interest here, definitely. That said, in terms of the title I’m most intrigued by, it has to be What Is Obscenity?, which I plan on picking up at TCAF, despite the inherent dangers of testing Canadian customs. And then probably reading it while listening […]

Manga the Week of 5/11

SEAN: Glory be! A small week at last! Write this week down in your diary, folks. ASH: Astonishing! MICHELLE: “Glory be” is gonna make me have “The Night Chicago Died” in my head all day! :) SEAN: We start off with Kodansha’s 14th volume of The Seven Deadly Sins, which is at least seven too […]

Pick of the Week: May Flowers

It’s May, and the Manga Bookshelf team has their sights set on some very pretty titles this week.

Manga the Week of 5/4

SEAN: Let’s face it, there are no light weeks anymore. There’s 21 titles next week, and that’s our new normal. We just have to accept it, manga is popular again. ASH: All right! MICHELLE: Yay! Now, can we have back some of those series that disappeared in less prosperous times? Like Silver Diamond? Please? MELINDA: […]

Pick of the Week: Fond Farewells

The team this week is saying farewell to a few old favorites which have reached their final volume.

Manga the Week of 4/27

SEAN: Soooo much manga. Scary… manga is scary. MICHELLE: Holy cow. You aren’t kidding! SEAN: Dark Horse has the 2nd and final Planetes omnibus, and if you haven’t read this series yet I urge you all to do so. It is a treat. ASH: So glad to see the entire series back in print! ANNA: […]

Manga the Week of 4/20

SEAN: There’s a lot of variety out next week. Something from almost every major publisher. Kodansha gives us a fourth volume of L♥DK, everyone’s favorite “what is this thing you call consent?” shoujo romance. MICHELLE: *snerk* SEAN: And Noragami’s monthly release schedule chugs along with lucky Vol. 13. Also reaching Vol. 13 is Say “I […]

Manga the Week of 4/13

SEAN: Technically, this is the smallest week of the month. That does not mean there aren’t a lot of titles, just slightly less than the deluge of the other weeks. I Am A Hero has been a long-awaited title here, and Dark Horse has it. It’s not just a zombie apocalypse manga, it’s a multiple […]

Manga the Week of 4/6

SEAN: This is it, folks. We’ve hit peak manga boom. Every week of next month has at least 15 titles out. All you can do is whimper, really. What’s out next week? Well… Kodansha gives us an 18th volume of Attack on Titan, which is such an obscure title with very few readers. To try […]

Pick of the Week: A Broad Choice

Once again this week’s new releases have a broad variety of titles, and the Manga Bookshelf team finds a number of things they love

Pick of the Week: Jellyfish Princesses

Though Melinda can’t quite be dragged away from her favorite series wrapping up, the rest of the Manga Bookshelf team is completely on board with this week’s new series debut.

Manga the Week of 3/23

SEAN: It is somewhat sad that with the huge number of manga out towards the end of every month, I can be relieved that there are “only” 33 titles out next week. Let’s plow through them. Dark Horse has a 3rd Astro Boy omnibus. Kodansha has an awful lot of stuff. There’s a 4th volume […]