Hi there, all. Life is still pretty intense, but I expect I’ll be able to do some reading and/or writing tonight. Of course, “intense” may be a bit of an overstatement. Yesterday was my husband’s birthday, so we had a few friends over to celebrate, which was very nice. Paul’s activity of choice is games, so in this case, “intense” can be interpreted to mean “MJspent the evening losing at cards.” Hee. It really was a lot of fun. In any case, I extend additional birthday wishes to my husband, and to my dad whose birthday was also yesterday.
So now that I’ve made my excuses, a few quick links for the moment:
In my big NANA post, I recommended that people read Johanna Draper Carlson’s reviews of individual volumes. This is why. Perhaps it’s weird to fangirl reviews, but seriously, her review today of volume 11 brought back immediately everything I felt while reading that volume, and offered a great deal of insight into just why this story is so effective. If you love NANA, you should be reading Johanna’s reviews. It’s as simple as that.
Never have I wished quite so much that I loved games. Sadly, this will probably never be, but if you love games, and you love writing fanfiction, there could be a job waiting for you in Japan. Check it out.
This month at Comics Should Be Good, Brian Cronin (in conjunction with Prism Comics) is providing daily write-ups of comics with LGBT themes. Don’t miss out!
One last cool bit of news, my friend Deanna (who provided me with all those volumes of Fruits Basket), has set up an “Introduction to Manga” display at the library where she works! It is pretty awesome. Make sure to browse through the entire set!
Oliver saysNovember 10, 2008 at 11:36 pm
Wow, your friend is doing an excellent job promoting manga at the library! That display looked gorgeous! One thing I have to ask is, how on Earth did your friend score copies of the out-of-print “Clover” series? Also, those posters really add the nice touch to bring in new and old readers. I see she put Tsubasa on display, so I have to give extra props for that. I also think nowadays that you can get away with stocking more mature manga titles in libraries. I am starting to see them on the shelves. Would it be so wrong if your friend also stocked xxxHolic??
Melinda Beasi saysNovember 13, 2008 at 4:57 pm
YOu know she’s actually a huge xxxHolic fan, so I’m surprised not to see it there. Perhaps it’s hidden somewhere we can’t see in the photos.
As for “Clover” I’m assuming they must just have copies there at her library! I’ll direct her to this comment, though, in case she’s got more to say! :)