Thursday, February 24, 2011

Read this: 7 Short Series Worth Adding to Your Manga Bookshelf

One of the titles mentioned in Katherine Dacey's post, and also a perfectly valid excuse for me to showcase some Jiro Taniguchi art.

Manga! They can be fun, they can be beautiful, but they can also be . . . looooooooonnnnnnnnnnngggggg. It's not uncommon for popular series to have a dozen or even dozens of books, a sight that no doubt intimidates a lot of newcomers.

Thankfully, there are also plenty of shorter series, 7 of which Katherine Dacey recently featured on her blog The Manga Critic! They range from sci-fi- to drama to romance, and at 2-to-5 volumes each they're good for diving right into without having to buy a new bookshelf.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Vote in the About.com 2011 Manga Readers Choice Awards!

This year's nominees for Best New Manga.

It's that time of year again: Awards season! If you need something to tide you over in the empty space between the Grammys and the Oscars, take a minute to check out the 2011 Manga Readers Choice Awards at About.com. If you've started reading manga, this is your chance to vote for your favorites - if you're still looking for a good jumping-on point, here's your chance to see what's hot right now!

Voting is open 'til March 15, so get votin'!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

This looks interesting: You Have Killed Me

 Find this graphic novel at: [Amazon] [Borders] [Barnes & Noble]

Description from the publisher (Oni Press):
Things just can't get any worse for Antonio Mercer. A private eye by trade, a dame from his past has re-surfaced in his life as a client along with all of the emotional baggage he thought he'd left behind forever. Of course, this unusual client doesn't have just any case - her family is mixed up with seriously dangerous people and the body count is just starting to pile up!

See what some reviewers have to say about this graphic novel:

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

This just in: Canadian celebrities are incapable of interpreting images.

The fine-looking book an actor, an athlete-turned-politician, an interior designer, and CNN's Chief Business Correspondent all couldn't wrap their heads around.

At least, that's the gist of this news, about how Jeff Lemire's graphic novel Essex County was the first book voted out of this year's Canada Reads competition. (It was also the first graphic novel ever nominated, so if nothing else, it's a groundbreaking book in all sorts of directions.)

The judges all seemed to like the story, but some just couldn't wrap their heads around these newfangled "picture" thingies:

Quin’s fellow panelists weren’t swayed, however, treating the book like an uninvited dinner guest. Design guru Debbie Travis, who is defending The Birth House by Ami McKay, couldn’t get over Essex County‘s “lack of words,” a weakness, in the eyes of the other four panelists, that was consistently brought up. She described the book as “a shortcut.”

Alas, as the 4-to-1 vote against Essex County shows, this sort of anti-illustration bias is still going strong - and it's exactly the sort of mindset this blog was built to combat. Perhaps next time these fame-adians are tasked with reading a graphic novel, they should take a look at my How to Read Comics guide first.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Gallery Time: Aoki Mitsue

 "Cute girls and women holding food" seems to be a theme for her - not that anyone's complaining!

It's time for another Gallery Time! Today let's take a look at Japanese artist Aoki Mitsue. Alas, her work doesn't seem to have been brought over by a North American publisher yet - but that doesn't mean we can't appreciate her online gallery! (School/work/kids-at-home warning: some of the art in this gallery features simplified, non-explicit naked and underwear-clad women. Scandalous!)