July 31, 2005

Oh My Color

So apparently no one reeeeally likes Ah/Oh My Goddess anymore, but that won't stop Dark Horse from publishing Oh My Goddess! Colors, a full-color volume featuring colored reprints of 4 signature stories from the manga and an "Encyclopedia of Goddess Terminology" written by manga-ka Kosuke Fujishima himself.

From the ANN press release wire: Tokyopop is having another changing of the guard. Welcome new vice-president/controller Cary Tan and Group Finance & Administration Director Cathy Liu.

July 30, 2005

Comikon

We're already two weeks removed from Comic-con, but in Japan, the comics event of the year -- Comiket -- is still two weeks away. Animania weighs in on the Comiket phenomenon, pointing out the sheer quantity of doujinshi (fan-comics) creators that come to the con. It's interesting how a comics con in Japan that draws even bigger crowds than America's biggest cons is so strongly fan/creator-focused, as opposed to the corporate-oriented major cons that dominate the US (as Crocodile Caucus notes). As to the origins of doujinshi:
In the early 1980s, female artists began to self-publish male/male manga doujinshi whose characters are borrowed from the manga or anime they love. Just around the same time, it got an underground trend for male artists who love manga and anime to draw cute young girls in their doujinshi.
I recall reading somewhere that the first young female character to show up in a doujinshi was Clarisse from Miyazaki's Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro movie, but since I can't verify where I heard that from, it's apocryphal info until someone can confirm for me.

Asahi Shimbun has a weekend feature on Naoki Urasawa and his latest manga Pluto, the remake of a classic Astro Boy / Tetsuwan Atom story arc. Urasawa has everyone buzzing about Monster and 20th Century Boys already, but with his special request to publish his work in chronological order, how many years will America have to wait before getting a licensed and translated edition of Pluto?

Speaking of classic manga, there's rare (i.e. never reprinted since its original magazine appearance) Doraemon manga from the Doraemon Channel website. (Requires Flash.)

Young and upcoming manga-ka Kazurou Inoue (you know him as the madman whose debut work was Midori Days) is starting a new series titled Ai Kora. Everyone who's squicked by Midori's premise can breathe a little easier with this one, as it appears to be more conventional in its approach. Of course, if I could read the "story" section more fully, that'd help.

July 28, 2005

Shoujo Nonsense

Harharhar everything I was going to post about, Love Manga already covered anyway. :D

- Do girls read comics? I bet they will if magazines talk them into it!

- Infinity Studios has licensed Ninin ga Shinobuden (2x2=Shinobuden) [okay, it's a pun on 2x2=4 and I barely would have gotten it myself] and will avoid tricky Japanese wordplay by releasing it as Ninja Nonsense. I remember reading the first chapter of this; it's a cute little romp that turns the ninja genre on its head.

- Rivkah entices us further with more preview pages of Steady Beat. WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?!!

July 27, 2005

Back in my day ...

Asahi Shimbun offers a more detailed look into the life and philosophy of manga-ka Hinako Sugiura, particularly her fascination with the Edo period.

AoD lists CMX and DMP's latest solicitations (CMX stuff for September and October; DMP releases of their newest boy's-love titles for early next year).

Love Manga has some enlightening in-depth analysis of ICv2's Top 10 manga lists for the first half of 2005. Viz rules a lot of things on that Top 10 list, it would seem. Also take a look at the list of series with most appearances in the Top 10, and see how it compares to ICv2's own ranking of the hottest manga properties.

PreCur wonders if Shôjo Beat is worth the bother.

July 26, 2005

EVERYTHING

Stuff, stuff, and more [stuff].

Animania has the Top 10 charts for all of June as well as the past week. June's listings feature everyone's favorites up top (Naruto, Bleach, Initial D), while the weekly list proves that everyone brakes for fresh volumes of Fullmetal Alchemist, including David Welsh @ PreCur of course.

Speaking of which, the latest Flipped goes to shoujo school with TCJ 269 (which I do intend to finish one of these days) and David spins out a few more ramblings that help remind me what I'll need to buy.

On a somber note, manga-ka Hinako Sugiura has passed away, and while I admit not knowing the name or her works myself, Animania does a fine job of recapping her contributions to manga. Anyone who's rubbed shoulders with Osamu Tezuka and Moto Hagio is cool in my book.

Chris @ 212 has has called us all out. Yeah, you, and me, and ... that one person over there ... everyone caught up in the whole OEL manga deal, we're all a bunch of sillies. It hasn't broken out to the level of the "Superheroes are fascist!" discussion (boy, do I remember THAT one) but you know, at the heart of it all, I just want to see some good comics. I guess. Although, sometimes I like to see bad comics too, just so I can laugh and be glad that I'm not that hopeless.

David @ Love Manga posts about, oh, everything. Look out for more PSP downloads from Seven Seas, Charles Solomon's foray into manga appearing in the L.A. Times, young manga readers being suckered into Neil Gaiman's Sandman, IMAF looking for the world's best anime and manga artists once again, and renovations from ero-manga specialist Icarus Publishing. Also, some upcoming releases from Tokyopop and Fanfare/Ponent Mon (never thought I'd end up saying those two names in the same sentence, haha).

Lyle @ Crocodile Caucus muses on whether Viz vs. Tokyopop is becoming the new Marvel vs. DC. He raises plenty of good points about their different business initiatives, leaving me to wonder, OMG WHO WOULD WIN IN A FIGHT KENSHIN OR WOLVERINE?!?!!!111

But hey, they do get along when they're releasing titles in Germany. TP Germany will work with Shueisha to release Bleach, Death Note and Prince of Tennis.

So you like the comic-book movies, eh? Production I.G has expanded their site further with English language content and a new trailer for one of my personal favorites, xxxHOLiC.

Some interesting stuff from Manganews.net: Australian magazine HOTPRESS is looking for English-speaking manga artists, hit harem series Ichigo 100% is ending serialization in the Japanese Shounen Jump, and alternative manga mag IKKI is doing a commemorative feature on horror manga legend Kazuo Umezu, with Chapter 1 being drawn by someone we all know and love, Taiyo Matsumoto.

July 24, 2005

Help Wanted

Need a job? ANN reports that DMP is looking for a Production Director (requires experience in the publishing business).

For those with slightly less illustrious credentials, you can still put your manga enthusiasm to work with Manganews.net, which is looking for reviewers, editorial/article writers, and proofreaders.

And from the AoD forums, worrisome news that DMP has put Worst and IWGP on hold.

Go!Comi officially announces their website, although the press release is a little too jocular about it, maybe.

July 22, 2005

It's all the blogosphere's fault!

Love Manga jumps full force into the OEL manga fray. The comments section is also a bustling center of discussion and thought. Lots of opinions, lots of explanations, and this is for an artform where the main body of work has barely even begun to emerge. That's a good thing -- people are excited about this evolving branch of comics and are watching it at every stage.

And as David T. says, it's all Jake Forbes' fault. (Seriously though, Forbes has done a terrific Comic-con write-up for the manga side, so basically he did what I could've or should've done if I hadn't been running around waiting in line for things.)

ICv2 releases the latest anime and manga guide, with an online teaser showing the Top 10 hot properties for both the cartoones and the comicks. Not surprisingly, Fullmetal Alchemist has rocketed to the No. 2 most marketable manga title, but Fruits Basket still holds the top spot. The usual suspects continue downwards. Tokyopop can lay claim to 2 of the 10 hottest manga, Del Rey has 2, and Viz has a whoppping 6. The article also mentions the growth of yaoi and what they have termed "international" manga, a term which I like just as much as OEL or Original.

So, you know how Ikebukuro is the place to be for girls' and women's manga? For a more specific location, head down Otome Road, where as Animania notes, "six doujinshi shops gather almost in a row. ... If you are lucky, you might come across a BL manga artist’s autograph session in one of the shops."

And David W.'s concept for The Shoujo Issue is pure gold. (Where can I get those Greg Horn illustrations?!)

July 20, 2005

Shoujo school.

Chris says all that needs to be said with two quoted paragraphs. (Incidentally, I'm still perusing TCJ #269, as it's such a delightful and meaty read and like going to shoujo school.)

Mainichi notes that the first of the North Korean abduction manga stories has gone on sale, although a bit of screwy translation mechanics turned the word "manga" into "cartoon," which sounds a bit odd, though not entirely incorrect.

July 19, 2005

How to Sell Manga

Animania has this week's Top 10 in Japan as always. Stalwart Detective Conan [Case Closed] makes the top with Konjiki no Gash!! [Zatch Bell!] right behind. Other US-licensed titles on the list include RAVE (Master), BECK, One Piece, and Get Backers, for a promising 6 out of 10.

Chris and Dorian compare notes on manga solicits. A lengthy read, but a great insight into the retailer's world and to see what really's selling right now. Not much else I can really say, but there's some interesting discussion on figuring out the OEL material. Chris makes a good point in that a lot of Tokyopop's really early OEL manga, prior to the big original-creator push and the RSOM explosion, was just plain terrible. It seems that this second wave*, headed by Steady Beat, Dramacon and Bizenghast (which comes out a little sooner than the previous two) marks the beginning of more confident artistry. There's still no luck convincing the Japan-hardliners, but for those with a more open approach to comics, I think they might seriously start to get into this stuff, now that some of comics' best and brightest young creators are starting to get in. And just imagine how things will shake up -- especially among the indy nerds -- when Amy Kim Ganter and Becky Cloonan arrive!

*I will admit that there was a sort of 1.5 wave with titles like Peach Fuzz, Sokora Refugees and Van Von Hunter.

And I really hate to keep going on about the subject, but it's just hard to resist, what with Love Manga's cross-oceanic write-up of the Seven Seas panel at Comic-con. (I'd have made it to the panel myself, but there was the other panel that had a preview of the movie about that wizard kid Harvey Potsticker or whoever... ) Anyway, I did pick up Amazing Agent Luna Vols. 1 and 2 at SDCC, which proved to be a cute and entertaining romp. And I got a sketch from Shiei! :D

Reuters has a review of that other other comic-book movie, the Taiwanese adaptation of Initial D, which opens with the knee-slappingly hilarious line "Not many in the West have heard of Shuichi or his car-racing comic book, 'Initial D.'" What West would this be? West Angola? And yeah, it outsold Star Wars.

July 18, 2005

We only cover JAPANESE comics. Made by JAPANESE people. From JAPAN.

Filling in while I'm still recovering, Love Manga sweeps up the remainder of licensing & release announcements from Comic-con:
Tokyopop has no new Japanese licenses, but they did announce a team-up with the Jim Henson Company to produce MirrorMask, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth graphic novels. Neil Gaiman himself will be writing the MirrorMask GN, which will probably have at least a few die-hards decrying him as a sellout. Anyway, I'm still wondering who will handle the art duties.
TP also has official press releases now for Steady Beat, Psy-Comm and A Midnight Opera, but hey, I'm sure we've heard plenty about those already. ;)
Viz announced Black Cat, Claymore, D. Gray-man and Bobobo-bobo-bobobo, all of which are found in the Japanese Shônen Jump magazine but some of which will fall under SJ Advanced here.
Del Rey announced ninja romantic comedy Kagetora and just plain ridiculous comedy School Rumble, which already has a strong fan following in the US and will probably make a pretty big impression.

Oh, and the CMX panel was its own unique brand of amusement.

Also its own unique brand of amusement is AoD's Tokyopop news item for July 18, which lets the pent-up emotions seep out and admits that they don't give a flying fart about OEL titles, even going so far as to invent their own snippy acronym for it.

Osamu Tezuka's classic manga (isn't everything he's ever done a classic?) Black Jack is soon to be an anime feature film, with Tezuka's son directing.

Japan Today examines the manga cafe phenomenon in Japan, which has even branched out to multimedia (gaming, DVD viewing) and some have spartan accommodations for people who choose to stay the night.

Baseball player Warren Cromartie has dropped his suit against the producers of the Cromartie High School movie, after they agreed to preface the film with a disclaimer that it has nothing to do with him.

Not really manga-related, but I'm very excited to see the likes of indycomickers Chynna Clugston and Raina Telgemeier on Scholastic's new graphic novel line. I don't care that it skews for younger readers, I'm sure that Queen Bee and Baby-Sitters Club will still be awesome.

July 14, 2005

Last Post Before Con

Manganews.net has this week's Top 10 in Japan list. It's basically the same as last week's list, save for a little shuffling, and 20th Century Boys Vol. 19 sneaking in at No. 9.

It's only Thursday at Comic-con, but the announcements are starting to roll in. ANN has most of it summed up:
- new Dark Horse releases, the highlight being Ghost in the Shell 1.5 which collects assorted stories that didn't make it into Man-Machine Interface.
- ADV/Newtype USA announces that Evangelion: Angelic Days will begin running in August.
- DMP confirms fresh licenses that were previously mentioned at Anime Expo, but now they have official titles for the English-language releases: Il Gato Sul G (weren't they thinking of calling this Cat On A G String? haha), Sweet Revolution (Binetsu Kakumei), The Art of Loving (Renai Koufukuron), Almost Crying, and My Only King (Boku Dake no Ou-sama).
- a CG movie adaptation of the dinosaur manga Gon, which was released by DC Comics' Paradox Press line a while back but has since faded into obscurity. (maybe CMX should bring it back.)

So, that "otaku proficiency test" that's been generating buzz among the fandom? Japan Times is the first to offer a full summary of what the test is about. It's definitely very Japan-centric, with the sample question being about Comiket, but at least one candidate has signed up from the US. Read on for further enlightenment about the origins of "otaku" and the fanboy/fangirl culture.

July 13, 2005

Warning!

Oh yeah.

I'll be taking another few days off the blog with Comic-Con and all. But expect another long and boring con report if any licensing news comes up!

The Korean Invasion

Manganews.net reports that manga superstars CLAMP will appear on the NHK TV program "Top Runner" July 24, which is just crazy because these ladies have never shown their faces in public (apart from that one magazine shoot which was the first entry ever on this blog). It'll be interesting to see what they do on the show.

New manwha player ICE Kunion (the combined forces of three Korean publishers) announces their premiere titles: Angel Diary, Chocolat, The 11th Cat, and Bring It On. Angel Diary comes from the creator of Demon Diary, which is published by Tokyopop, so there might be a built-in fanbase for that one. Overall the titles are all described as being very magicky-romancey-flowery, so count me in.

OEL manga publisher eigoMANGA teams up with Devil's Due and will re-release Rumble Pak and Sakura Pakk in December under the Devil's Due name. I still doubt I'll be able to find those anthologies anywhere.

I always take the WaiWai section of Mainichi Daily News with a grain of salt (or an entire salt shaker), but this article on fandom has its charm despite its disjointedness. Yes, guys do read boy's-love, and then there was this one time where a couple met at a convention and got engaged at another con. Interesting stuff, if a little goofy.

Gerry Alanguilan has an incredibly wise rant for all apsiring comickers. It might interest Tokyopop's new breed of OEL manga creators, although it's mostly advice that they've already taken, and anyone else who fancies being a Rising Star of anything -- comics or manga or other forms of narrative graphic arts -- should take note too.
Just do your best. Draw the hell out of that page, and draw it like it's the last page you will ever draw, knowing that it may well be your last chance to show just what you can do. Just do your best. Listen to criticism. Take it. Accept it. LOVE what you do. And if your work is good, you know, money and all that shit will follow whether you realize it or not.
Beautiful.

July 11, 2005

Seven

Love Manga links to this week's Top 10s on both sides of the Pacific. From ICv2 we see that Fruits Basket rules again, while Fullmetal Alchemist shows surprising endurance by having Vols. 1 and 2 run side-by-side at #3 and #4. On the Animania side it's worth noting that 6 of this week's Top 10 Japan titles have already been licensed in the US, and somehow Ouran High School Host Club managed to sneak into the testosterone-laden, shounen-heavy list.

And because Love Manga is so awesome, The Pulse chatted with them too, along with some manga publishers -- Seven Seas, Del Rey, Tpop and Viz. (But who cares about those guys? Everyone knows it's the BLOGIVERSE that makes the comics world go round. Har har.)

Oh yeah, that other big comic-book movie that's still in production? Mainichi Daily News has tons of photographs from the NANA press conference in Tokyo. Actress Aoi Miyazaki will play sweet Nana, while J-pop singer Mika Nakashima plays badass Nana and will have to sing in a style completely unlike her own.

Everyone's coming to Comic-con, right? Make sure to stop by Tokyopop's booth when Karekano creator Masami Tsuda and Model creator So-Young Lee do autographs.

A hearty congratulations to manga scholar extraordinaire Matt Thorn being appointed to the staff of the new Manga Department at Kyoto Seika University. (Thorn's invaluable site can be found here.)

Lyle of Crocodile Caucus muses on the first issue Shôjo Beat. Like most readers it's a mixed reaction.

And, yes, David Welsh loves Sgt. Frog, just to remind everyone in the universe ... yet again. :D

July 8, 2005

Demographic novel!

I heard that some movie based on a comic comes out this weekend?! Well, it can't be Naoki Urasawa's Monster, which has just reached the next stage of development with Josh Olson being signed to write the Monster adaptation. Olson's other screenwriting credits include A History of Violence, Infested, and Instinct to Kill.

AiT/Planet Lar finally gives in and announces a Demo TPB. I'm also very stoked about Becky Cloonan's TP project East Coast Rising.

I missed this on a previous go-round, but ADV will be running the Evangelion: Girlfriend of Steel manga (retitled to Evangelion: Angelic Days in Newtype magazine after Lagoon Engine Einsatz finishes. The manga is an alternate-universe take on Evangelion, expanding on the high-school comedy sequence that occurs towards the end of the anime series. However, it is NOT drawn by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (character designer for the series and manga-ka of the true Neon Genesis Evangelion manga), so expect the artwork to be substandard.

So they're still talking about Takashi Murakami's "Little Boy" art exhibit. London Financial Times weighs in, offering a lengthy musing on the nature and the impact of The Kawaii, and even getting some firsthand commentary from well-known cult manga-ka Junko Mizuno.

Wondering about DMP's newest boy's-love acquisitions? You can try the first chapter of Binetsu Kakumei from the MangaTracker torrents.

July 7, 2005

Addendum

And here's the link to Newsarama's interview with Svetlana Chmakova, creator of Dramacon and already a force to be reckoned with among young comickers and online artists.

The Other Expo

Meanwhile, Chris @ 212 did the smart thing and went to Book Expo Canada and discovered the fate of 20th Century Boys:
[Urasawa] felt that his art had developed so much between the end of Monster and the beginning of 2CB that it would be something of a disservice to his work to have them not be released in chronological order. In fact, he was fairly insistant about it, and so Viz had to relent and cancel 2CB, with it not to appear in English until after Monster has finished its run.
Well, "artistic integrity" is all about "respecting the creator's original intentions," right?

As for manga that actually IS coming out, David @ PreCur makes his picks, and I am SO there for Dead Boy Detectives and Hot Gimmick Vol. 9 (only three more volumes to go AAAGGGHHH).

Check out Immelda's terrific AX con report @ Love Manga, which says a lot of cleverer things than I did. A couple of quick notes: Paul Wilson had to speak at the Opening Ceremonies at the last minute -- the original MC had gotten into a car accident that morning, and he (being a 15-year AX veteran) was called to fill in. So yeah, that's why he fudged it. And I think the Tokyopop OEL manga that's doing better in Germany than the US is Warcraft, an original effort based on the videogame. I think I blogged about it at some point being the top seller in Germany. Can't remember when though.

Yipes! IGN has some harsh words for Shôjo Beat, mostly for the weak articles, but because the first chapters of all the manga series contained within are lame. Even Nana -- but that's because the other Nana hasn't shown up yet. :p

I think, more than anything else, for a magazine like this, fans will have to play the "It Gets Better Later On" card.

Watch out for new releases from Kotonoha, including a fresh chapter of Coo's World and a chance to catch up on the first four chapters of Soil.

Didn't think anyone would actually bother with it! APN is scanlating Densha Otoko (Trainman), the quirky modern-day romance that's taken over Japan as a pop-culture, um, thing.

July 6, 2005

Notes from Anime Expo

CPM Manga / Be Beautiful

- Upcoming releases include Embracing Love, Target in the Finder (August), and the Kizuna DVD on August 9 (the fourth manga volume will arrive in October).
- A number of CPM titles have had their release dates moved to 2006 due to the shifting market. Because of how quickly manga moves on and off bookshelves now, they'll be promoting titles first through the "Digipress" online previews and then bringing them out.

DRMaster

- Didn't have a panel, but their booth showed the full range of titles for sale that were formerly from ComicsOne. Tsukihime Vol. 1 has just come out and Stellvia is due this month.

Digital Manga Publishing

- The big thing right now is Range Murata's Robot Vol. 1, a full-color anthology which can be likened to the Japanese version of Flight and comes out this month.
- By popular fan request, the Only the Ring Finger Knows novel will come out in May 2006.
- Upcoming boy's-love/yaoi titles include Yellow, Our Kingdom, Jazz and Alone in My King's Harem (both of which are more explicit than previously published work), Beyond My Touch, and newly acquired Binetsu Kakumei, G-senjou no Neko (Cat on the G-line), Renai Koufukuron, and a bunch of others that the panelists couldn't pronounce very well so I couldn't write them down.
- There's also an advanced Let's Draw Manga: Pen and Ink book due next May.
- Of more interest to artbook fans (and those who would enjoy Robot) is a reprint of Yoshitoshi ABe's Lain artbook, at a more affordable price than the original Japanese hardback edition and containing a US-exclusive "How-to" section.
- There's now a Yuri paddle to go with the Yaoi one, and yuri manga releases are planned in the future.
- And (you're all going to love this one) DMP is planning an English-language boy's-love anthology magazine.

Tokyopop

- Now available: Beck (highly recommended), Sakura Taisen, and Felipe Smith's OEL manga MBQ.
- Highlights coming in August: BLAME!, Saiyuki Reload (sequel to the original series), and Marty LeGrow's OEL Bizenghast.
- September: Girls Bravo, Kamichama Karin (by Pita-Ten and Di Gi Charat manga-ka Koge Donbo, so I'm braking for this one), and OEL titles War on Flesh (voodoo zombies! sounds like something Larry Young would do) and Jen Quick's Off*Beat.
- October: Devil May Cry 3 (based on the videogame), Kingdom Hearts (based on the videogame, highly anticipated, and weirdly enough reads left-to-right), Lights Out, Justice N Mercy (an artbook by the artist of Priest), and OELs Steady Beat, I Luv Halloween and Dramacon.
- November: Samurai Champloo (should easily sell just as fast as the anime), Telepathic Wanderers, Ark Angels (a unique effort where TP Japan provided the project and signed on the artist of Les Bijoux), and OELs A Midnight Opera, Mark of the Succubus, and Psy-comm.
- December: The World Exists For Me (by the creator of Utena) and Tsukiyomi Moon Phase (can't go wrong with vampire catgirls).
- Highlights for 2006 include the popular boy's-love series Loveless in February and Rose Hip Rose in March, by the creator of GTO.
- Also licensed but with no release date announced is Rozen Maiden, which turns the harem formula on its head as a young boy finds himself having to serve a quartet of sentient, elegantly-dressed dolls.
- New illustrated novels include Scrapped Princess and the Gravitation novel.
- LICENSING ISSUES: the publisher of Marmalade Boy is now owned by Viz, so that's out of the question. Meanwhile, Sailor Moon is sort of in limbo as manga-ka Naoko Takeuchi is having issues with the publisher.

Del Rey

- The release of Basilisk is confirmed at last, and will be out sometime in 2006 to sync with Funimation's release of the anime.
- Freshly released titles include A Perfect Day for Love Letters, Guru Guru Pon-chan (dog turns into girl, hilarity ensues), and Love Roma (which is highly recommended by CLAMP themselves).
- Also coming soon are Gacha Gacha (a split-personality comedy by the artist of Boys Be), Ghost Hunt (by the author of Twelve Kingdoms), Sugar Sugar Rune (which will probably worth it just to see Moyoco Anno doing a magical girl story), and shounen rom-com Pastel.

Regarding CLAMP's newest series Kobato, this is being published by the shounen department at Shueisha, which is owned by Viz, although whether Viz had anything to say about it, I don't know because their panel was going on at the same time I was at Del Rey's. I asked at Viz's Shôjo Beat panel and they didn't know.

Viz Shôjo Beat

- No new titles to announce. Wait until Comic-con.
- SB aims to hit the uninitiated crowd as well, and will do so by starting out in bookstores and then expanding to newsstands/supermarkets as regular-type folks discover the magazine.
- The magazine will include occasional giveaways like cell-phone charms and stickers, just like in Japanese shoujo magazines, as well as subscriber exlcusives.
- Extended content will include how-to-draw and a fanart section. OEL works may be allowed later down the line, but they want to build on the Japanese licenses first (which most likely means Viz still doesn't care about OEL manga, seeing as they have a huge Japanese library to pick from already).
- Yes. The cover is REALLY REALLY pink. Opinions are mixed about this.

Oh, and the AX manga library was a disappointment. They need more books and a more efficient borrowing system.

And the NEW NEWS for today is that Svetlana Chmakova (she of Dramacon) will be starting a new Tokyopop-backed series called The Adventures of CG! in CosmoGIRL! magazine Amy "Tentopet" Hadley has been signed by Tokyopop for Fool's Gold, a dramaish, romanceish, slice-of-lifeish series set in Colorado.

Head to Love Manga for the rest of the news over the long weekend. Like Newsarama doing so many OEL manga interviews that they gave up on numbering. (roflwaffle)