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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 5/4

SEAN: Let’s face it, there are no light weeks anymore. There’s 21 titles next week, and that’s our new normal. We just have to accept it, manga is popular again. ASH: All right! MICHELLE: Yay! Now, can we have back some of those series that disappeared in less prosperous times? Like Silver Diamond? Please? MELINDA: […]

Pick of the Week: Fond Farewells

The team this week is saying farewell to a few old favorites which have reached their final volume.

Manga the Week of 4/27

SEAN: Soooo much manga. Scary… manga is scary. MICHELLE: Holy cow. You aren’t kidding! SEAN: Dark Horse has the 2nd and final Planetes omnibus, and if you haven’t read this series yet I urge you all to do so. It is a treat. ASH: So glad to see the entire series back in print! ANNA: […]

Manga the Week of 4/20

SEAN: There’s a lot of variety out next week. Something from almost every major publisher. Kodansha gives us a fourth volume of L♥DK, everyone’s favorite “what is this thing you call consent?” shoujo romance. MICHELLE: *snerk* SEAN: And Noragami’s monthly release schedule chugs along with lucky Vol. 13. Also reaching Vol. 13 is Say “I […]

Manga the Week of 4/13

SEAN: Technically, this is the smallest week of the month. That does not mean there aren’t a lot of titles, just slightly less than the deluge of the other weeks. I Am A Hero has been a long-awaited title here, and Dark Horse has it. It’s not just a zombie apocalypse manga, it’s a multiple […]

Manga the Week of 4/6

SEAN: This is it, folks. We’ve hit peak manga boom. Every week of next month has at least 15 titles out. All you can do is whimper, really. What’s out next week? Well… Kodansha gives us an 18th volume of Attack on Titan, which is such an obscure title with very few readers. To try […]

Pick of the Week: A Broad Choice

Once again this week’s new releases have a broad variety of titles, and the Manga Bookshelf team finds a number of things they love

Pick of the Week: Jellyfish Princesses

Though Melinda can’t quite be dragged away from her favorite series wrapping up, the rest of the Manga Bookshelf team is completely on board with this week’s new series debut.

Manga the Week of 3/23

SEAN: It is somewhat sad that with the huge number of manga out towards the end of every month, I can be relieved that there are “only” 33 titles out next week. Let’s plow through them. Dark Horse has a 3rd Astro Boy omnibus. Kodansha has an awful lot of stuff. There’s a 4th volume […]

Pick of the Week: Real or Surreal?

Not only is the Manga Bookshelf team divided over two titles this week, they can’t even make up their own minds between the two. Why not try both?

Manga the Week of 3/16

SEAN: Third weeks are usually the most diverse manga weeks. And that’s the case here, with lots of new titles debuting. Let’s see what we’ve got. Dark Horse gives us the first volume of Dangan Ronpa: The Animation, which contrary to its name is indeed a manga. It’s based on a game and has had […]

Pick of the Week: Legend of the Galactic Heroes

It’s a small week this time around, and the Manga Bookshelf team is united in its love of… a novel?

Manga the Week of 3/9

SEAN: I love quiet weeks. I love them so much more given we’re in a new manga boom where the first and fourth weeks of the month can be crippling on the wallet. But don’t worry, there’s still big things afoot next week. The big release, and I will warn in advance this is absolutely […]

Pick of the Week: Kyoko vs. Saitama

Sure, Saitama can take out anyone he faces in one punch, but in this week’s manga picks, can he stand up to a determined ‘Love Me’ actress?

Manga the Week of 3/2

SEAN: Honestly, it’s a very light week for the first of the month, helped out by Viz’s big shoujo debut getting pushed back a couple weeks for some reason. But there’s still a lot left here. (Of note, for reasons unknown to me, Diamond is not shipping any Viz next week, so I am not […]