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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 7/8

SEAN: It’s a new fiscal year, and that brings a new pile of books, mostly from Viz. What have we got? DMP print release dates give me a migraine. Twittering Birds Never Fly 2? I guess? ASH: I can never tell when something will actually be released by DMP anymore. MICHELLE: Me, neither. I’ll perk […]

Pick of the Week: Light week

Though it’s a particularly light week for new manga, the miniature Battle Robot manages to make a couple of manga picks and one off the beaten path. Well, perhaps this path has been somewhat beaten by the Bookshelf before. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 7/1

SEAN: Since next week is a light week (despite being July 1st, it doesn’t count as a first week of July), I thought I’d do the manga in reverse order. And hey, coincidentally, that makes the image line up properly, too! Funny, that. So we start with Vertical, who have the 5th volume of fanservice […]

Manga the Week of 6/24

SEAN: The end of the month always brings a deluge from Yen, and if you add on the other publishers doing stuff it can get rather expensive. Let’s see what might be worth your hard-earned cash. Ze, from 801 Media, has finally hit Volume 10, despite a particularly irregular release schedule. ASH: I just recently […]

Pick of the Week: Later than ever

Despite the extreme tardiness of this week’s post (you can thank Melinda’s scattered brain for that one), there’s quite a bit to like on this week’s short list, and the Battle Robot has its work cut out for it. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 6/17

SEAN: A second small week in a row! This is getting creepy. Where’s that manga boom? Fans of Eden: It’s an Endless World will be more disappointed than ever see see that a new manga called Eden is not what they think. Fans of Gen Manga’s alternative stuff, though, will be delighted with Eden Vol. […]

Pick of the Week: Short stack

It’s a relatively quiet week in the world of new manga, including only a few Battle Robot favorites. Will our robot manage to stay on-list? We doubt it. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 6/10

SEAN: Thank you for all those who bought manga to bring rain to the Northeast. You can stop now (keep buying manga, I just mean no more flash flood warnings). Meanwhile, what have we in this small week? Kodansha gives us an 8th volume of shosei (I just coined it, whaddya think?) romance Say “I […]

Pick of the Week: Natsume, So Cute It Hurts

With veritable loads of new manga expected out this week, the Battle Robot somehow finds itself rallying around one title in particular. Only Michelle dares to stand on her own! What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 6/3

SEAN: It has been hot here recently, so I am hoping that this Manga the Week of can serve as a rain dance. Doesn’t make much sense, but the heat has addled my brain. Fairy Tail 48 seems like a lot, till you remember it’s nowhere near One Piece. Which honestly applies to Fairy Tail […]

Pick of the Week: Taniguchi & More

There’s quite a bit of terrific new manga shipping into stores this week, though the Battle Robot circles around three titles in particular. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 5/20

SEAN: Did you enjoy this week’s small week? Good. That isn’t next week. Dance in the Vampire Bund’s Scarlet Order may have ended (somewhat surprisingly) in Japan, but Seven Seas still has more of it to bring you here, with Vol. 2 arriving next week. Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer’s third omnibus takes us over […]

Pick of the Week: Ancient Love

It’s a pretty low-volume week for new manga, without a lot to choose from, but the Battle Robot has its eye on a couple of highly-anticipated titles. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 5/13

SEAN: I haven’t seen a week this small since Christmas. It’s sort of creepy. First of all, right after I posted Manga the Week of last week, Dark Horse did a classic date slip, so Drug & Drop 2 is here again. Dark Horse is famous for release date slips, though they’re better than they […]

Pick of the Week: Late again?

It’s a fairly booming week for new manga, and the Battle Robot has quite a number of its particular favorites to choose from. What looks good to you this week?