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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: Yoshinaga & More

It’s a relatively robust shipping week for the beginning of the month, but the Battle Robot is pretty well-consumed by only three titles. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 4/1

SEAN: No, this isn’t an April Fool, there’s actually quite a lot of manga out this week (not technically a ‘first week of the month’ as it’s the 1st – if that makes sense). Another era passes, as Dark Horse puts out the final volume of Blade of the Immortal, about which I’m sure Ash […]

Pick of the Week: Abundance

It’s a fairly epic week for new manga, including quite a number of continuing/ending favorites and a slew of debut volumes for the Battle Robot to choose from. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 3/25

SEAN: Oh dear. First off, it may not be in stores yet, but Kickstarter backers have gotten their two volumes of Tezuka’s Captain Ken from DMP. One of his early 60s shonen series (though, as with most of his series for kids, there are darker undertones), it’s complete in 2 volumes. Kodansha stuff next. Air […]

Pick of the Week: Late. Late.

It’s a bit of a slowish week once again in the world of new manga, but there’s plenty to keep the Battle Robot occupied, if perhaps not as enthusiastically (or promptly) as sometimes. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 3/18

SEAN: Enjoy this last mild week of manga, before March 25’s apocalyptic deluge. Starting off, we have not a manga per se, but something that deserves attention nonetheless. Just So Happens is coming out from Abrams as a graphic novel, and details a Japanese woman who lives in London but has to return to Japan […]

Pick of the Week: Requiem of the Rose King

Though there is a decent amount of new manga on the horizon this week, it is a rare unanimous moment for the Battle Robot, as it joins together to recommend the latest from Otomen‘s Aya Kanno. What looks good to you this week?

Sparkler Monthly picks up Orange Junk

We’ve got some exciting digital comics news to break today! As of, well, right now, Manga Bookshelf favorite Chromatic Press (Sparkler Monthly) is the official publisher of shoujo-style comedy series Orange Junk, formerly one of the most popular comics at the (mostly) fan-funded Inkblazers.com, which officially shut down earlier this year. From Mexican comic artist […]

Manga the Week of 3/11

SEAN: A small second week of the month, but with a lot of variety. For comedy fans, we have the 4th volume of D-Frag! from Seven Seas. And they’re also giving us the 2nd and final volume of Girls Und Panzer prequel Little Army. Sublime has been fairly quiet lately. Are they playing hide and […]

Pick of the Week: VIZ-o-rama!

It’s a relatively quiet week in the world of new manga, but there are a number of popular VIZ titles chugging along. The Battle Robot has little trouble picking its faves! What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 3/4

SEAN: It feels like a smaller first week than usual, even with 15 titles. Viz has recently wrapped up a number of series, so it could just be I’m not getting as much stuff personally. Before we get to Viz, Dark Horse has the 4th New Lone Wolf and Cub. ASH: Confession: I still haven’t […]

Pick of the Week: All JoJo, all the time

While the Battle Robot might feel a lack of enthusiasm around this week’s shipping list in general, there is plenty of excitement in the Robotic air over at least one title on the list: Viz’s new hardcover edition of a time-honored classic. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 2/25

SEAN: A fairly sedate last week of the month. Not much from Yen this month, oddly. What will we have to talk about— DIO: HA! You thought this would be Manga the Week of, but it is I, Dio! SEAN: Oh right. Before we get to that, Dark Horse has a very interesting new title […]

Pick of the Week: Meh?

We’ll be honest. Most of this week’s shipping list fills us with “meh” this week. But the Battle Robot exists for you, and for you we do our best! Check out our half-hearted picks? What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 2/18

SEAN: A fairly subdued third week, with a lot of recurring series and one decidedly odd debut. On the Kodansha side, Cage of Eden has another fanservice-tastic cover for its 17th volume, but hopefully will work in some more giant extinct animals and brushes with death as well. And we get the final volume of […]