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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.

Off the Shelf: Food & Fantasy

MICHELLE: Hey, check it out! It hasn’t been a whole year and we’re totally back again! MELINDA: It’s a Christmas miracle! Or something. MICHELLE: It must be! This week there’s one debut that we both read—shall we start with that one? Would you like to do the summarizing honors, or shall I? MELINDA: I’ll give […]

Manga the Week of 1/28

SEAN: The final week of January, and a quiet, peaceful time for books. After last week, that’s a relief. (Note: Diamond Comics is shipping some Viz stuff to me 1-2 weeks early; I’m assuming that’s them and going with the official release dates, so they’ll be in upcoming posts. I’m also getting Soul Eater late. […]

Pick of the Week: Mostly Manhwa

After some relative calm, this week is chock full of new manga, but despite this abundance, the Battle Robot is heavily drawn to only a small number of titles, mostly Korean manhwa and all from Yen Press. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 1/21

SEAN: Remember how I said that January was quiet? That does not apply to next week, which is simply a ton of stuff. It’s even bigger as I missed some titles last week. Basically, I get street dates from Amazon, mostly. The exceptions are Dark Horse and DMP (and sometimes One Peace or Gen), which […]

Pick of the Week: My Neighbor Seki

Though it’s true that this week’s shipment of new manga is on the small side, there is no lack of enthusiasm for the Battle Robot’s rally around a rare unanimous pick! What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 1/14

SEAN: In between two fairly hefty weeks, we have a low number of titles out this week. Let’s take them one by one. Kodansha has a 6th volume of its shonen fantasy The Seven Deadly Sins. Vertical has a debut I’ve been waiting for ever since it was announced: My Neighbor Seki, from Media Factory’s […]

Pick of the Week: Drug & Drop & more

There’s quite a bit to choose from as the new year gets underway, but one title definitely dominates this week’s picks. Never, fear, however, the shoujo-loving Battle Robot has a couple more to throw into the mix! What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 1/7

SEAN: January is a relatively quiet month for manga, usually, and this is a quieter first week of the month, though you might not guess it by the large number of titles coming out way. It’s COMPARATIVELY smaller. CLAMP fans have been waiting for this one forever, and it’s finally here. The first volume of […]

Pick of the Week: Say “I Love You” & More

Digital releases dominate in this fairly sparse shipping week, but the Battle Robot has no trouble finding favorites both print and digital. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 12/31

SEAN: There’s still not a great deal of manga out for this final week of the year, but there’s a bit more than last week. Let’s see what we’ve got. Gen Manga has a new title, called Stones of Power, which would appear from its cover art to star a catgirl shrine maiden. MELINDA: If […]

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 […]