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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 Week of 12/2

SEAN: The last month of the year is upon us next week, and manga companies are here to make sure it’s filled with STUFF. What have we got this time around? Dark Horse gives us a 7th volume of not-so-new-anymore New Lone Wolf & Cub. Kodansha figures we like Noragami so much that we’ll pick […]

Pick of the Week: Giving Thanks for Manga

It’s the holiday season this week, and our group has a few titles to keep their imaginations stuffed.

Manga the Week of 11/25

SEAN: Dark Horse are starting to irritate me with sliding release dates lately. Kodansha do it too, but at least they give a week’s notice or so. In any case, Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service’s second omnibus is NOT coming out this week, sorry. (And let’s not even talk about what’s happening with Diamond Comics.) As […]

Pick of the Week: The Unanimous Choice

There is a huge pile of stuff this week, but in our hearts, the Manga Bookshelf team know what title will be first and only.

Manga the Week of 11/18

SEAN: Next week sees the release of Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun from Yen Press. And some other books, I guess. ASH: Woo! SEAN: We’ll start with the 2nd omnibus of Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service from Dark Horse, which if you haven’t read the series yet, and aren’t already getting Nozaki-kun, is well worth your time. ASH: […]

Manga the Week of 11/11

SEAN: Good news! Every week in November has an absurd amount of manga coming out – except next week! Bad news – the Manga Bookshelf team is going to be finding pick of the week very hard, I suspect. Kodansha has a spinoff of Fairy Tail called Fairy Girls, which, as you may have guessed, […]

Pick of the Week: Past Lives and Saving Souls

The start of an impressively huge November brings many titles. What will the Manga Bookshelf team pick?

Manga the Week of 11/4

SEAN: I’ve gone on lately about how much manga is coming out lately, but November is really going to try a wallet’s soul. Let’s start with a huge first week, mostly from Viz. Kodansha debuts a new series, Livingstone, that ran in the seinen magazine Morning. The artist is better known for Deadman Wonderland. It’s […]

Pick of the Week: Abundance

There’s an amazing amount of manga out next week but the folks at Manga Bookshelf narrow it down to a few titles.

Manga the Week of 10/28

SEAN: Bad news. There’s 31 titles shipping next week. Good news: I’m not getting too many of them, so it’s not crippling for me. What’s happening next week, anyway? I haven’t seen an 801 Media title in forever, but Amazon lists Magical Warriors: Chocolat & Pudding as coming out next week. Which sounds like a […]

Pick of the Week: First Volumes and Complete Sets

The Manga Bookshelf team trawls through a somewhat uninspiring week but still finds a few treats.

Manga the Week of 10/21

SEAN: Even though this is the quietest week of a big month… it’s still fairly big. Dark Horse has a third volume of Oreimo: Kuroneko, for those who wanted a better ending than the canonical one, i.e. everyone. Kodansha has the debut of a new shoujo series, L♥DK. It’s the sort I describe as a […]

Pick of the Week: Magi and Mermen!

MICHELLE: Alas, there’s not a whole lot that I’m looking forward to in next week’s round of releases, but I am always happy for a new volume of Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, so the 14th installment of same earns my pick of the week. ASH: The releases this week run a whole gamut of […]

Manga the Week of 10/14

SEAN: It’s the week of NYCC, so let’s keep this Manga the Week of short and sweet. Dark Horse has a 10th Lone Wolf and Cub omnibus. ASH: I really need to sit down and catch up with Lone Wolf and Cub now that it’s being released in an edition I can actually read… SEAN: […]

Pick of the Week: Almost a Clean Sweep

With this week’s picks, Sean is nostalgic for the past, but the rest of Manga Bookshelf is looking towards the future.