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Pick of the Week: So Many Books, So Little Time

With this kind of bounty arriving in stores this week, ranging from wheelchair basketball to time-traveling cats, the Battle Robot has its hands full attempting to make a single pick each. What looks good to you this week?

My Week in Manga: November 10-November 16, 2014

My News and Reviews Last week I posted two reviews at Experiments in Manga. The first review of was of Ajin: Demi-Human, Volume 1 written by Tsuina Miura and illustrated by Gamon Sakurai. It’s a manga with a rather dark atmosphere that deals with immortals, which is right up my alley. The first volume was […]

Random Musings: Wrapping Up the Year of Yuri Monthly Review Project

Although I’ve continued to review the new volumes of the series as they are released, last year I wrapped up my Blade of the Immortal monthly review project. Because I enjoyed the project, which took me nearly two years to complete, I started to look for a new one to take its place. Ultimately, I […]

Ranma 1/2, Vols. 9 & 10

By Rumiko Takahashi. Released in Japan by Shogakukan, serialized in the magazine Shonen Sunday. Released in North America by Viz. This particular omnibus is very illustrative of the perils and pitfalls of being a Ranma fan, both in terms of its ongoing tendency towards “everyone is terrible, comedy trumps everything”, and in terms of the […]

Tatsumi on Film; Anno on Instagram

Gekiga pioneer Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s work is now accessible to viewers on the big screen, thanks to Singaporean director Eric Khoo. Khoo adapted such classic stories as “Hell,” “Goodbye,” and “Beloved Monkey,” interleaving them with vignettes from Tatsumi’s autobiography A Drifting Life.  This just in: Moyocco Anno‘s new Instagram account is pretty awesome. Marvel’s C.B. Cebulski shares a few […]

The Legend of Bold Riley

Creator: Leia Weathington Illustrator: Vanessa Gillings, Jason Thompson, Marco Aidala, Konstantin Pogorelov, and Kelly McClellan; Chloe Dalquist and Liz Conley Publisher: Northwest Press ISBN: 9780984594054 Released: June 2012 The Legend of Bold Riley is writer and illustrator Leia Weathington’s first graphic novel. Published by Northwest Press in 2012, the volume is a collection of related […]

Manga the Week of 11/19

SEAN: So. Many. Books. ASH: Woo! SEAN: Kodansha has the 5th volume of shoujo romance My Little Monster, which is still dealing with social ineptness in the best way. MELINDA: I feel like I’m really missing out by not reading this. I probably have to fix that. MICHELLE: I do honestly think that you would […]

3 Things Thursday: SOS

As I was casting about for ideas for this week’s column, I found myself consistently drawn back to a manga-related quandary in my own life that I have not quite been able to resolve. As you know, I have recently opened up my personal manga collection as a library for my students (with a few […]

Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 1

Author: Tsuina Miura Illustrator: Gamon Sakurai U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781939130846 Released: October 2014 Original release: 2013 It was the cover art of Ajin: Demi-Human, Volume 1–a creepy image of disconcerting skeletal figure–that first sparked my interest in the series. When I learned that the manga was at least in part about immortals in addition […]

Bookmarked! 11/12/14

Welcome to another edition of Bookmarked! This week, Johanna Draper Carlson of Comics Worth Reading joins Kate and I as we talk about what’s on the top of our reading stacks this week. I’ll start: Brigid: I have been reading CLAMP’s Legal Drug a few pages at a time, which is really not the way […]