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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 Unanimous

Despite a shipping week rich in blogger favorites, the Battle Robot’s rallies around Vertical’s latest debut with near unanimity. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 7/23

SEAN: There’s so much stuff coming out next week you’d think it was a first week of the month. Remember when Yen Press was just three or so titles a month? We’ll start off with Dark Horse, who are still releasing Gantz, even as it’s up to Vol. 32 and surely running out of rubber […]

Pick of the Week: The Anti-pick?

What has the Battle Robot learned this week? Do your research! After expressing anticipation for one of this week’s releases, reader comments sent our bloggers scrambling for new choices. (Fortunately, there were many at hand! Thanks Urasawa & Yoshinaga!) What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 7/16

SEAN: Mid-month always tends to bring the oddest stuff. Anything unusual here? First off, Seven Seas apparently delayed the release of Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight’s Knowledge 1 at the last minute, after we went to press. It’s actually out next week. ANNA: I hope it features Ace murdering people and getting lost […]

Pick of the Week: Shounen Favorites

It’s a relatively low-key shipping week, giving the Battle Robot an opportunity to recommend some long-time shounen favorites (along with at least one newer series). What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 7/9

SEAN: It may not be hot where you are, but Connecticut? It’s hot. Too hot. Can manga save us from the doldrums of summer? MICHELLE: I am in Florida. Such hot. Very yuck. MELINDA: New England, also hot. And stormy. Which sounds sexier than it is. ANNA: I will be in Central Illinois, which will […]

Pick of the Week: My Love Story!!

Despite a fairly robust shipping list this week, the Battle Robot can’t help but rally around a single debut title. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 7/2

SEAN: It’s not QUITE as bad as last month’s pile, but there’s a ton of things out the first week in July. Let’s to’t. Dark Horse continues to give us omnibuses showcasing Lone Wolf & Cub in larger trim size and far more pages. Here’s the fifth. ASH: Excellent! I’ve been needing to do a […]

Pick of the Week: Favorites & Fallbacks

Though there is some volume and variety to this week’s shipping list, parts of the Battle Robot must fall back on older releases to find compelling reading material. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 6/25

SEAN: The final week of June, and the end of Manga’s Fiscal Year 13-14. There are a few interesting titles coming out. It’s right about time for a new Vampire Hunter D novel, so Dark Horse has Vol. 21 all ready for us. ASH: You know, I’ve read the manga adaptations, but have yet to […]

Pick of the Week: Old Favorites & New

This month’s third week offers up a modest but diverse selection of new manga, and the Battle Robot’s picks reflect that diversity as well. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 6/18

SEAN: It’s no Week 1, but the 3rd week of the month gives us a chunky pile of manga, which should have something for most everyone. The Shinji Ikari Raising Project manga from Dark Horse has now reached the same number of volumes as the regular Evangelion manga, and I don’t think it’s finished. Will […]

Pick of the Week: Staples & Surprises

With a fairly small selection of new manga to choose from this week, will the Battle Robot manage to save themselves some money? Not a chance! What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 6/11

SEAN: After this week’s deluge, the six books coming out next week feel like a mild summer breeze in comparison. Makes me feel fine. MICHELLE: Okay, Seals. SEAN: Kodansha has the second volume of Say “I Love You”. It runs in Dessert, which is technically shoujo in the same way that Shoujo Comic is technically […]

Pick of the Week: Buy all the things?

At the end of Thursday’s column, Sean asked “Buy *all* the things?” And that question nicely sums up the Battle Robot’s attitude in the face of this week’s bounty. What looks good to you this week?