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More on Digital’s Kickstarters; New Naruto Novels

At Publishers Weekly, I talked to Digital Manga Publishing CEO Hikaru Sasahara about their ambitious Kickstarter, which would have raised over half a million dollars to publish 31 volumes of manga by Osamu Tezuka. I also talked a bit about their new Kickstarter, which is closer to the older model. At Eeepers Choice, Phillip questions […]

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Vol 3

Seraph of the End Volume 3 by Takaya Kagami, Yamato Yamamoto, and Daisuke Furuya One of the reasons why I like this shonen vampire dystopian series so much is that each volume propels the hero forward to a different stage of development and a different setting. In the third volume, brash yet unexpectedly capable hero […]

Bookshelf Overload: November 2014

Once again, November mostly brought preorders and a few review copies to my doorstep, but I also made a point of picking up some first volumes of older series that I’ve been meaning to try, like Pandora Hearts, Bakuman, and Oresama Teacher. As for the preorders I was particularly happy to see arrive, there was […]

Showa 1944-1953: A History of Japan

By Shigeru Mizuki. Released in Japan as “Comic Shouwashi” by Kodansha. Released in North America by Drawn & Quarterly. I was somewhat deceived by the cliffhanger in the last volume, where I felt that I’d gotten to the incident that caused Mizuki to lose his arm. In fact, it’s yet another breathtaking escape from the […]

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Vol. 7: Battle of Loum

Creator: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko Original story: Yoshiyuki Tomino and Hajime Yatate U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781939130679 Released: September 2014 Original release: 2011 Battle of Loum is the seventh volume in Yoshikazu Yasuhiko’s manga series Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, a reimagining of the original 1979 anime series Mobile Suit Gundam which launched the massive Gundam franchise. […]

VIZ Nabs New Junji Ito Manga

Exciting news: VIZ will publish Junji Ito’s latest manga, Fragments of Horror, in 2015. VIZ promises that Fragments has something for everyone, “from the terrifying to the comedic, from the erotic to the loathsome.” Look for a hardcover edition next summer. The latest volume of Monster Musume edges out Attack on Titan for the top spot […]

Manga the Week of 12/10

SEAN: The second week in December brings us a wide variety of manga for perusing, but is already dominated by something that Fantagraphics released THIS week and I am therefore behind on. Massive is an anthology of gay manga that, from what I hear, can be judged very well by its cover: if the idea […]

Assassination Classroom, Vol. 1

By Yusei Matsui. Released in Japan by Shueisha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. Released in North America by Viz. A few years back, when Weekly Shonen Jump was just getting started in North America, there was a rumor that one of the series brought over would be the quirky, somewhat popular Majin […]

Bookmarked: Satoshi Kon-a-thon

It’s not every day that an American publisher releases a manga by the late, great Satoshi Kon, so Brigid and I decided to mark the occasion with a roundtable discussion. Joining us is David Brothers, one our favorite comics journalists. David has written for Comics Alliance, Pop Culture Shock, Publisher’s Weekly, Wired, and The Atlantic […]

Manga Giveaway: Seven Seas Sampler Winner

And the winner of the Seven Seas Sampler manga giveaway is…Karen Swartz! As the winner, Karen will be receiving A Centaur’s Life, Volume 1 by Kei Murayama; Dictatorial Grimoire, Volume 1: Cinderella by Ayumi Kanou; Gakuen Polizi, Volume 1 by Milk Morinaga; and Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl, Omnibus 1 written by Satoru Akahori and illustrated […]