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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: 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.

Pick of the Week: Long Live the Queen

There’s a lot of stuff out this week the Manga Bookshelf team loves, but there’s only room for one title at the top.

Pick of the Week: Princesses, Riceballs, and Lost Girls

For the most part, the Manga Bookshelf team tries to avoid giving Pick of the Week to a re-release this week, though Melinda just couldn’t resist the lure of the zodiac.

Manga the Week of 6/29

SEAN: The word for next week is “spinoff”, boys and girls. Can you say spinoff? I knew you could! OK, let’s try to plow through. Dark Horse first, as always. Astro Boy Omnibus 4. Everyone loves Astro Boy. Kodansha gives us the 2nd and final volume of Fairy Tail’s Gray-related spinoff (can you say that, […]

Pick of the Week: Complexities

Ash wants to enjoy more surreal childhood from Inio Asano this week, but most of the team are ready to cosplay like there’s no tomorrow.

Manga the Week of 6/22

SEAN: Third weeks of the month: almost like second weeks, but they seem different, mostly as Viz tends to put out its blogger-friendly titles here. What’s happening next week? Kodansha debuts a new seinen series that ran in Morning magazine, which means I am already well-disposed to it. Complex Age features a cosplay fanatic who […]

Manga the Week of 6/15

SEAN: Ah, the 2nd week of the month, the most common week for the Manga Bookshelf team to look over the releases and think “Wow, am I picking Magi as Pick of the Week again?” MICHELLE: Heh. SEAN: Dark Horse has a 2nd volume of Fate/Zero, sure to give us many more heartwarming moments so […]

Pick of the Week: Sweepers, Corpses, and Josei Debuts

There’s a large amount of stuff coming out this week. What’s a reader to do? Not to worry. Our crack manga squad is here to help YOU.

Manga the Week of 6/8

SEAN: June is busting out all over, especially in terms of sheer manga volume – this month will be punishing, starting with 25 books out next week. Dark Horse gives us the 4th – and presumably last for now – omnibus of The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service. Go get it if you haven’t already. ASH: […]