June 2, 2005

Too much content!

Now this is just cute. The creator of Detective Conan / Case Closed got married to the voice actress who plays anime-Conan! :D

Newsarama's caught the bug for OEL* manga. First up is Jess Stonicus, creator of the vampire parody Work Bites, and you can just tell from they way she interviews that her book's going to have the best dialogue, hands down. (And holy crap, she CAN draw girls!) Then there's Felipe Smith, creator of MBQ, and while semi-autobiographical comickry about an aspiring comics artist usually makes folks run like hell, I remember seeing Felipe at Comic-con last year, and let me tell you, this guy is a personality. His idea may not be the most original, but if there's anyone who can shove pure energy into a comic (or manga), it's him.

*A brief reminder: Original English-Language. (yipes, I'm amazed how quickly people are picking up on this term. The explaining takes a wee bit of time, but I'd rather do that than have to use the increasingly inaccurate and culturally insensitive "Amerimanga" -- which is fast becoming as outdated as "Japanimation.")

Also off the Love Manga linkfest: watch out for Bizenghast, another OEL that is basically not about what you think it's about (at least that's how LeGrow used to always explain it back when she posted frequently on Pseudome).

LM also points us to a Sequential Tart article comparing manga to manhwa, with a focus on the shoujo side. Yeah, there are indeed artistic and cultural differences between Japan and Korea's comics output, but they point is, they're both awesome. ;)

And speaking of girls'/women's comics, Dark Horse will publish Harlequin manga, which just goes to show how far into the mainstream the format is reaching.

The Fight: DC CMX website has the latest Tenjho Tenge Vol. 2 edits catalogued. It's a depressing situation, and, well, there's not much else to say unless CMX miraculously pulls their heads out of the sand.

Esteemed manga scholar Frederik L. Schodt sits down with the Japan Foundation. You have to read this -- Schodt is old-school like old-school, I mean, just take a look at this excerpt:
When my first book, Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics came out in 1983, I actually had a little argument with my publisher. He thought it would be great to have the word manga in the title, but I thought it would be a mistake, because librarians would file it in card catalogs next to "manganese." But he said, "No, we have to try out this new word and maybe it'll catch on."
And boy, has it caught on.

Mainichi Shimbun now has a Top 10 chart for the highest taxpaying artists in Japan (which more or less correlates to the highest earning, although not always). Beyond Rumiko Takahashi, Gosho Aoyama and Masashi Kishimoto (who were already mentioned a coupla weeks ago), we have:

4. Yuji Horii (Dragon Quest)
5. Ritsuko Kawai (Hamtaro anime)
6. Naoki Urasawa (20th Century Boys, Monster)
7. Takehiko Inoue (Slam Dunk, Vagabond)
8. Fuji Akatsuka (Tensai Bakabon)
9. Takashi Yanase (Anpanman anime)
10. Masami Kurumada (Saint Seiya / Knights of the Zodiac, B'tx)

Hey, remember those Yaoi paddles that were so popular at U.S. conventions last year? They're back. And they're aerodynamic.


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