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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 Year of 2014

SEAN: Technically this should be Manga the Week of 12/24, but that’s merely one title: Vampire Hunter D 22. And tempted as I was to make a “Give her the D for Christmas” joke, that can’t really sustain an entire column. So I’d like to ask the team what they think the important titles of […]

Pick of the Week: Keaton vs. Fourteen

It’s a week chock full of new manga choices but the Battle Robot has cast its collective eye on two debut releases in particular. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 12/17

SEAN: Merry Christmas! Have some manga. Since the publishers usually go quiet around Christmas and New Year’s, almost everything is frontloaded to next week. So be prepared to be completely buried. The Shinji Ikari Raising Project has now officially passed its parent in volume count. It’s coming to an end soon, though. In the meantime, […]

Pick of the Week: Massive & More

This week brings a relatively smallish selection of new manga to our local comic shops, but the Battle Robot finds some favorites in the mix, including one (slightly tardy) debut title. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 12/10

SEAN: The second week in December brings us a wide variety of manga for perusing, but is already dominated by something that Fantagraphics released THIS week and I am therefore behind on. Massive is an anthology of gay manga that, from what I hear, can be judged very well by its cover: if the idea […]

Pick of the Week: Torn Between Two Manga

There’s a lot of new manga on the docket this week, but the Battle Robot finds itself pulled apart by two particular debut titles. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 12/3

SEAN: December begins, and that can only mean one thing: More piles of manga. Dark Horse has the 3rd volume of the New Lone Wolf and Cub, with whitewall tires and everything. Who said DC Comics doesn’t release manga anymore? The Jiro Kuwata Bat-Manga is 350 pages of 60s shonen Bat-goodness, and looks to be […]

Pick of the Week: Opus & More

It’s a relatively calm week in the realm of new manga, but Melinda, Ash, and Sean have a few items on their must-buy list. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 11/26

SEAN: The last week of the month is usually a nice breather after the deluge of the previous three weeks, giving us a chance to catch up on the piles of manga still out there. But there are still a few tasty bits of manga for (American) Thanksgiving. We’ll start with the tastiest, the long-awaited […]

Morning Manga Spotlight: They Were Eleven

I’ll admit that it’s been tough trying to curb my “classic” inclinations when it comes to recommending manga for my teen students, and there are days when it becomes impossible. Today is one of those days, as I find myself irresistibly drawn to the work of Moto Hagio, specifically her early short series, They Were […]

Pick of the Week: So Many Books, So Little Time

With this kind of bounty arriving in stores this week, ranging from wheelchair basketball to time-traveling cats, the Battle Robot has its hands full attempting to make a single pick each. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 11/19

SEAN: So. Many. Books. ASH: Woo! SEAN: Kodansha has the 5th volume of shoujo romance My Little Monster, which is still dealing with social ineptness in the best way. MELINDA: I feel like I’m really missing out by not reading this. I probably have to fix that. MICHELLE: I do honestly think that you would […]

3 Things Thursday: SOS

As I was casting about for ideas for this week’s column, I found myself consistently drawn back to a manga-related quandary in my own life that I have not quite been able to resolve. As you know, I have recently opened up my personal manga collection as a library for my students (with a few […]

Morning Manga Spotlight: After School Nightmare

Setona Mizushiro’s After School Nightmare has loomed in the back of my mind ever since I began this series of manga recommendations for my teen students, and there is really no good reason that it has taken this long to actually come to the fore. I suppose I thought maybe I’d reread it myself first—it […]

Pick of the Week: FMA, Showa, & More

There’s quite a bit to recommend this week, despite a relatively small shipping list, and the Battle Robot does its part to spread the love around. What looks good to you this week?