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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: Eating or Dancing?

A fairly even division between delicious food and amazing ballroom antics is happening in Manga Bookshelf this week.. Why not get both?

Manga the Week of 11/30

SEAN: You know, for a 5th week of the month, there sure is a ton of stuff next week. Sheesh. ASH: Woo! Dark Horse gives us the third Dangan Ronpa volume, as the class continues to choose between hope, despair, or being violently killed. And there’s a 5th Oh My Goddess omnibus, warring with Dragon […]

Pick of the Week: A Twinkle in Our Eye

It feels as if this should have been licensed six years ago, and yet it’s finally here this week.. Manga Bookshelf is ready for more Takaya manga (and possibly also demon-battling composers).

Manga the Week of 11/23

SEAN: Are you giving thanks for so much manga? Hope so, as there is SO MUCH. MICHELLE: It’s a cornucopia! ASH: I always give thanks for manga! SEAN: Kodansha has a bunch of stuff. A 5th Forget Me Not should please romance fans. Their debut this week is In/Spectre, a yokai manga from Shonen Magazine […]

Pick of the Week: An Old Favorite

We’ve waited an entire year for this week’s pick and are over the moon that it is finally here.

Manga the Week of 11/16

SEAN: Life goes on. Somehow. And so does manga. Let’s see what’s coming out next week. MICHELLE: *heavy sigh* SEAN: Haikasoru has the 3rd volume of Legend of the Galactic Heroes, as a corrupt democracy battles a fascist dictatorship, with a third party making money off of both of them. Insert dark joke here. MICHELLE: […]

Pick of the Week: Still the King

Despite attempts by jellyfish and parasytes to get a foot in the door, most of Manga Bookshelf this week is turning its eyes to Richard III again.

Manga the Week of 11/2

SEAN: Not only are there no small weeks anymore, there are no medium weeks. Only large weeks forever, with piles and piles of new manga. MICHELLE: I can’t be sad about this, though I’ll forever mourn the titles that got cancelled when the first bubble burst. ASH: True, true. SEAN: We start with something that […]

Pick of the Week: A Lotta Lise

No pun is safe from the Manga Bookshelf crew this week, as they choose from horror at Kodansha Comics, shoujo at Yen Press, and Sean’s continued obsession with Argo the Rat.

Manga the Week of 10/12

SEAN: Ah, second weeks. Always the most unpredictable. Will there be a hidden treasure? Or will the team all pick Magi again by default? Let’s see what we’ve got next week. ASH: Let’s! SEAN: Dark Horse has a 3rd volume of the prequel everyone seems to like better than the original, Fate/Zero. MELINDA: Maybe I […]

Manga the Week of 10/5

SEAN: It’s the first week of October, so time for a BIG PILE O’ VIZ! But first: Dark Horse has the first of what may be several Hatsune Miku manga tie-ins, Mikubon. Seven Seas has a 5th volume of Golden Time, the one that’s not Toradora. Magical Girl Apocalypse 9 continues to prove that kids […]

Pick of the Week: Ballroom Blitz

Are you ready, readers? The manga is soothing and we’ve all started grooving here at Manga Bookshelf, as the team unites and says everyone attack! Pretty Sweet.

Manga the Week of 9/28

SEAN: Duck and cover, folks. Kodansha gives us a 3rd Colossal Edition of Attack on Titan, which no doubt still remains a potent blunt instrument as well as a good way of catching up. ASH: These volumes truly are colossal. SEAN: And a 56th volume of Fairy Tail, which had one of my pairings become […]

Pick of the Week: Taking the Blame

This week, the Manga Bookshelf team casts its eye on deluxe license rescues and long-awaited BL volumes.

Pick of the Week: Otherworld Barbara

We make it really easy for you this week – go get this new Fantagraphics hardcover. Now.