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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 9/2

SEAN: School’s back in session. Do you have all your manga supplies? The old favorites? The new series? The zipatone? Let’s see what you might want to pick up. Dark Horse still knows we like our samurai manga with the 6th New Lone Wolf & Cub. ASH: I’m still catching up with the old school […]

Manga the Week of 8/12

SEAN: If you want a quiet week with not much manga, next week is pretty much the only week in August you’ll get it, so enjoy. Kodansha has its 5th Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle omnibus, which I think is busying itself by walking around the X continuity. ANNA: You know what would be nice? If X/1999 […]

Pick of the Week: Sparkling Series

Several titles have interested the Manga Bookshelf team this week, including one that has succeeded in Kickstartetring our Hearts.

Manga the Week of 7/29

SEAN: It’s become almost musical, the way manga comes out. Huge week… quiet week. Huge week… quiet week. The occasional 5th week trips up the manga dancer with the brief shift into 5/4 time. How is our quick-quick-slow week? Dark Horse is doing it again, folks. Here is the first omnibus volume of a seinen […]

Pick of the Week: Plenty of Shoujo

Shoujo takes the lead on this fairly full shipping week, but the Battle Robot has its eyes on a variety of titles, shoujo and otherwise. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 7/15

SEAN: Mid-July is a good-sized week, but not completely overwhelming like the first/third weeks tend to be. Let’s see what’s happening. Dark Horse has the second volume of Oreimo spinoff Kuroneko, marketed to the six remaining Oreimo fans who didn’t scream in anger at the end of the main series. Kokoro Connect has proven to […]

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?