Hello all! We're not dead...yet! We're currently looking for a few proofreaders to help out with an independent manga-related project.
You should have a good grasp of the English language, and have had some kind of proofreading experience (the more the better). The bulk of the project should be completed in July, so expect to receive most of the work this month, and be expected to finish them on a timely manner.
As always, this is not a paid job, but hopefully you'll get a warm and fuzzy feeling inside afterword knowing you've helped us out! :)
If interested, please contact us at comipress (at) gmail (dot) com or use the contact form. Include in your email your qualifications (experience, etc.), and we'll go from there.
The doujinshi collection of Yoshihiro Yonezawa, manga critic and co-founder of Comiket, was donated to Meiji University, his former university. The university is converting a seven-storey building to house Yonezawa's collection and that of Tsuguo Iwata, another prominent doujinshika, as the Yoshihiro Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subcultures.
Viz will be publishing Rumiko Takahashi's newest series:
An article titled "Men Under Pressure: Representations of the 'Salaryman' and his Organization in Japanese Manga" was published in the journal Organization last year. Although the article is not readily available to the general public (you need to be a subscriber), the article's authors would like to hear comments and feedbacks, and are willing to send a PDF of the article to those who contacts them directly.
Those who are interested in a copy of the article but can't access it can contact the author at: p.matanle(at)sheffield(dot)ac(dot)uk (be polite!).
A round-up of various 2008 end-of-the-year reports and 2009 look-aheads from various sites:
Heisei Democracy, a blog "devoted to the latest in news, reviews, and opinion on the two-dimensional culture of Japan, with particular emphasis on the media (anime, manga, console games), ero (eroge, eroanime, eromanga, doujinshi), and hobby (PVC figures, garage kits, analog games) sides of the industry, and the culture and events surrounding them", has been inactive since September 2008. A few days ago, an announcement was posted announcing that the blog will resume operation.
Also, Ikimashou.net, another great otaku blog covering Japanese anime, manga, games and otaku culture in general that got its domain stolen at the beginning of 2008, is now back in action as well, and has made a post detailing what happened to the blog.