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Thanks to my partner, who is never quite as much of a cautious adopter as I am, we’re now proud caregivers of a couple of iPads. I’m still figuring out what exactly to do with it aside from coo over the fact that it’s really neat, but I’m sure I’ll be able to incorporate it […]

License request day: Prix Asie 2011

This week, we have less of a license request than a round-up of likely candidates. Tom (The Comics Reporter) Spurgeon shared this year’s nominees for the Association des Critiques et Journalistes de Bande Dessinée’s Prix Asie award, so let’s learn more! We’ll start in the Philippines with Gerry Alanguilan’s Elmer, published in French by Editions […]

Tallies for June 2011

It’s time for the results show, just like on American Idol or Dancing with the Stars! Well, partly, because only one poll depends on popular votes. So the other half is more like when Tom Colicchio decides who gets knifed on Top Chef, except I’m not an icon to the bear community. (I don’t honestly […]

Upcoming 6/8/2011

As we noted over in the current Pick of the Week at Manga Bookshelf, this is a positively crushing week for new releases from Viz. As it is at Midtown, so it is with the ComicList. As a result, I’m limiting my Viz picks to one, but it’s a doozy. Yes, at long last, it’s […]

Welcome mat

The mighty Manga Bookshelf blogging battle robot expands as frequent contributor Michelle Smith brings Soliloquy in Blue into the fold! To mark the occasion, Kate Dacey and I joined Michelle and Melinda Beasi for their latest Off the Shelf discussion. I used the opportunity to examine the sparkly, goodhearted bundle of joy that is CLAMP’s […]

Upcoming 5/18/2011

The current Pick of the Week was a tough one, as there are three titles I like very much in the Midtown mix. Fortunately, Kate and Michelle had my back. As for the rest of the ComicList, well, let’s see what looms on the horizon, shall we? Sticking to the Viz Signature neighborhood, the second […]

Upcoming 5/11/2011

After last week’s bonanza and Free Comic Book Day over the weekend, it’s tumbleweed time on the Comic List. This drove the Manga Bookshelf crew to an alternative approach to our Pick of the Week, but there are tons of relatively recent books under the microscope in the current Bookshelf Briefs. Of course, if you […]

Upcoming 5/4/2011

It’s ComicList time! First, go take a look at the Manga Bookshelf crew’s Picks of the Week, then peruse the latest installment of Bookshelf Briefs, in which I gush about an arriving shôjo volume that makes me as happy as another makes me sad. This week also brings the fourth and final volume of Nobuaki […]

Link of the day: On Ono

Over at Otaku Champloo, Khursten Santos does a perfectly splendid job exploring the complex and varied works of Natsume Ono, one of the most interesting creators currently working in manga and certainly one of my personal favorites: There’s more to Natsume Ono than Italian restaurants and kidnappers. In fact, doing this spotlight for Natsume Ono […]

License request day: Global Garden

Melinda Beasi and Michelle Smith took their Off the Shelf column on the road this week, discussing Saki Hiwatari’s Please Save My Earth (Viz) over at The Hooded Utilitarian. I enjoyed the discussion so much that I took a look at other works by Hiwatari. One of them features the ghost of Albert Einstein. If […]

Upcoming 4/27/2011

It’s one of those weird weeks on the ComicList where all of the highlights have already been mentioned elsewhere, so let’s use the lull for some linkblogging! Okay, I will just remind the Diamond-dependent that the third volume of Natsume Ono’s Eisner-nominated House of Five Leaves arrives in comic shops on Wednesday. It’s one of […]

Random Sunday question: Takahashi

The next round of the Manga Moveable Feast begins this week, hosted by Rob (Panel Patter) McMonigal and focusing on the works of the wonderful Rumiko Takahashi. Rob has been conducting ongoing examination of her work with his Year of Takahashi project. For today’s question, what’s your favorite work by Takahashi? There are lots to […]

License request day: Aoi Hana

The impetus for a license request can be very simple, but it can also come from a variety of triggers. For instance, someone might casually mention a Japanese magazine that interests me like Ohta Shuppan’s Manga Erotics F. (Any magazine that can host both Natsume Ono’s Ristorante Paradiso and Usumaru Furuya’s Lychee Light Club is […]

Upcoming 4/20/2011

After you’ve taken a look at the Manga Bookshelf Pick of the Week, we’ll tiptoe through the current ComicList. Are you back? Great! I’m so excited! Sort of! Also frightened! Because this week sees the arrival of my first chosen-by-committee dubious manga! For those of you who have forgotten, the “winner” was Arata Aki’s The […]

License request day: Kaguyahime

Erica (Okazu) Friedman and I are usually of one mind on most issues, but we’re having a really teensy difference of opinion at the moment. She says Reiko (Moon Child, Himitsu: The Top Secret) Shimizu’s Kaguyahime is josei. I say it’s shôjo. On my side of the argument is the fact that the 27-volume series […]