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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: 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 […]

Pick of the Week: Magi & more

It’s a bit of an oddball week as far as new manga goes, but most of the Battle Robot has clear favorites to choose from. The rest… improvise and imitate. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 2/11

SEAN: It’s Velentine’s Day week at Manga the Week of, and I wonder how romantic these titles are? Ze from 801 Media has hit double digits, and is still the most popular manga among titles with two letters in them. (Sorry, ES). MICHELLE: Tezuka’s MW: *kicks a rock*. SEAN: I feel ashamed for forgetting about […]

Bookshelf Briefs 2/2/15

This week, Sean, Melinda, & Anna look at recent releases from Viz Media, Digital Manga Publishing, and Yen Press. Happy Marriage?! Vol. 10 | By Maki Enjoji | Viz Media – My favorite moments in this series always occurred when mismatched couple Hokuto and Chiwa had an “us against the world” attitude towards their various […]

Pick of the Week: Variety

This week’s manga shipping list offers up quite a bit of variety, and the Battle Robot’s picks run all over the map—even off the map, if we’re being completely honest. What looks good to you this week?

The Ring of Saturn

The Ring of Saturn | by Kaiju | Chromatic Press – “Sometimes it is not about forcing something to work… it is about simply learning to absorb what is beautiful.” These words come from the mouth of English composer Gustav Holst—not the actual historical man, perhaps, but a compelling portrait indeed as envisioned by cartoonist […]

Manga the Week of 2/4

SEAN: Did you enjoy your quiet month? Good, cause February is back to business as usual, and every week has some chunky bites of manga. Let’s look at next week. FYI, Diamond Comics has every Viz title coming out 1-2 weeks earlier than usual, for some reason – I’m ignoring that. And JoJo’s was delayed. […]

Pick of the Week: Third Volumes

With a fairly lean shipping week ahead, two titles dominate the Battle Robot’s picks this week—both third volumes, interestingly enough. What looks good to you this week?

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. […]