Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
Today’s romance comic, Kimi Ni Todoke: From Me To You, features a simple but moving story about a group of young people getting to know and care for each other
Today’s “romance” manga is not only a shojo re-telling of Alice in Wonderland (which I just know will annoy MarkAndrew to no end!) but a great commentary on the inherent creepiness of “harem” titles.
I’m going to take advantage of the fact we’re heading into Valentine’s Day territory and review a bunch of romance-themed yaoi and shojo manga over the next two weeks. Today I look at the terribly darling (and I don’t use those words lightly) yaoi romance Our Kingdom: Arabian Nights.
While volume 5 remains the high point of Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys, volumes 6 and 7 boldly forestall resolving the central mystery without sacrificing plot development or pacing.
Although Yana Toboso doesn’t strive for realism — far from it actually — her portrait of a 19th century British butler and his young charge is energetic and intriguing.
Being a non-gamer, the primary lesson I take away from reading King of RPGs is that everyone’s personal nerd culture is absolutely sacred to them.
Natsume Ono’s first comic to see print in the U.S. — not simple — is a powerful and haunting work. Luckily, we won’t have to wait long to see more from her later this year.
Today I review two recent yaoi releases which both chart the rocky road two friends take on their way to becoming sexually and romantically involved.
This column is an attempt to address the fact that I often use manga vocabulary I don’t always explain when I write reviews or talk about manga in this forum. I assume (probably quite incorrectly) that if you are reading my posts you already know the terms I use most frequently. But recent comments from our wonderful new columnist Kelly Thompson made me think that I should probably explain myself a little.
The following is a list of words I often use — in the future I’m thinking about creating a list of words from anime / manga culture I don’t tend to use and explain why.
Yuki Midorikawa instantly becomes one of my favorite new comic book creators with her charming and sensitive portrayal of a young man who bridges two very different worlds — the human and the supernatural — in Natsume’s Book of Friends.
Any comic with a title that references the first Indiana Jones movie and adds flesh-eating zombies is more than a little bit of okay in my book.
There are two things everyone should know about Viz’s new series Butterflies, Flowers — it is one of those rare examples of true josei to be found in the U.S. marketplace and it is also an extremely funny comic.
End of semester madness and holiday travel kept me from regular updates on the blog but I can’t let the whole of 2009 go without some commentary. So you all get a list of manga released in 2009 that meant something to me. It isn’t quite a “best of” list, nor it is exactly a “favorites” list either. It’s a little more complicated than that but I find that this format better reflects my experience of manga in the past year.
Although I feel I can’t do a top ten list of manga from 2009 until I read a few things (GoGo Monster and Red Snow are the titles that spring to my mind instantly), the truth is even if I read those books my top three will probably remain the same — Ooku: The Inner Chambers, 20th Century Boys and Pluto (and I’m pretty much boring even myself at this point).
Anyway, instead of offering my own list this weekend I thought I would direct everyone to a few excellent “best of” manga lists that are well worth checking out.
Alex Scales has an interesting challenge for me — he asked, “What are some manga you would recommend to fans of the Vertigo line of comics?”
When I think of Vertigo I immediately think of titles with excellent plot “hooks” that first catch the reader’s attention and dynamic storytelling which keeps it. I think of titles that often go over well with indie-comic book lovers even if they are released by a very mainstream entertainment company. In other words, I think of titles which clearly come out of mass culture, but also maintain a strong sense of individuality.
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