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January 2009 Previews

Just a few comments about this month’s Previews catalog:


Marvel/Del Rey collaboration: I have two words for the Wolverine manga; Emo Logan.  Does the world REALLY NEED more emo Logan?  I mean, honestly…  The art looks great, I’m not gonna knock that.  The Marvel catalog had some pictures of pages, and they did look nice.  But this isn’t going to win anyone over from one side of the manga vs. comics camp, and really hope it was never meant to.  If anything, this will probably fan the flames, but that seems to be the way Marvel likes it.  Not that they want to come up with anything original…

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This Week at Manga Village ** 12/12/08

It’s a new week, and a new round of reviews from the Manga Village.  Charles Tan starts things with a big dose of reality with Real Volume 1 from Viz.  Alex Hoffman balances the reality with some fantasy with Stray Little Devil Volume 1 from DR Masters.  John Thomas brings a Samurai Classic back with Lone Wolf and Cub Volume 1 from Dark Horse.  Katherine Farmar wants to Close the Last Door Volume 1from DMP/June.  I check out Record of a Fallen Vampire Volume 2 from Viz.

We’ve got our weekly picks up for last minute shopping (only a week and a half left until Christmas…) and our Manga of the Month for November.  Over at Good Comics for Kids, I have my weekly All ages comics and manga list, and Esther Keller has a review of Yen Press’ only all ages title, World of Quest.

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This Week at Manga Village ** 11/21/08

Well, it’s been quite a week at Manga Village.  You might see some new faces as you look around, but I’ll get to that in a little bit.  Let’s start with our reviews for this week.  Charles Tan starts things off with another season-appropriate sports title, Eyeshield 21 Volume 22 from Viz.  Dan Polley has quite a tale with Fairy Tail Volume 4 from Del Rey.  Katherine Famar gets aquainted with You and Harujion from Deux.  I take a new Viz title for a walk with Nora: The Last Chonicle of Devildom Volume 1.   John Thomas gets his learn on with Style School Volume 3 from Dark Horse.

We make our weekly picks this week as usual, with just one minor change.  We have a new villager!  Yes, Alex Hoffman from the blog Manga Widget has joined the crew and starts out with giving a pick with the rest of us.  Hopefully we’ll have reviews going up from him real soon!  Good Comics for Kids has been pretty busy this week too.  Not only do I have my weekly all ages list up, but I also have a review of the first new Naruto Chapter book, Naruto, The Boy Ninja from Viz.  Should your younger kids read it?  Go find out!  Sabrina Fritz has a review of the Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, both the manga and the novel.

This Week at Manga Village ** 11/16/08

It’s another round of reviews from the Villagers, with this week leading off in a gentile way with A Gentleman’s Kiss from Deux by Katherine Famar.  A true Gentleman needs a butler, so Charles Tan serves us a new Hayate Combat Butler Volume 8 from Viz.  And since butlers always need some little kid to look after, Dan Polley brings the cute Mao-Chan Volume 1 from Del Rey.  But where will they all live?  How about the Magic Lover’s Tower Volume 1-2 from DR Masters reviewed by me?  And who will guard the tower?  Inukami! Volume 1 of course from Seven Seas Entertainment reviewed by John Thomas.

Over in our columns, we’ve got our picks for the week, as well as our top manga for the month of October.  It was another close run again this week.  Check out what we liked.  And then over at Good Comics for Kids, I’ve have the latest All Ages list, and check out the review of Avalon: Web of Magic by Ester Keller.

This Week at Manga Village ** 10/31/08

Ha!  I’m getting a weekly done on the actually week!  Yeah, I had to take the day off from work to do it, but hey…  Actually, I took the day off for Halloween, and this is just a benefit.  But, staying in the spirit of things, we’ve got some spooky reviews for you this week!

I start out this week with another review of Yumekui Kenbun: Nightmare Inspector Volume 4 from Viz.  SCharles Tan brings another delivery from Dark Horse with Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Volume 7.  John Thomas brings some Samurai action with Afro Samurai Volume 1 from Seven Seas Entertainment.  Afros can be scary…  Then we go for some animal themed BL with Voice or Noise Volume 1 from BLU by Katherine Farmar, and LIssa Patillo makes a guest appearance with a review of Ruff Love from Deux Press.  Some people (mostly guys) think BL is scary…  So, we’ve got something scare everyone!

We do our weekly picks for this spooky halloween, and our reviewers are either going batty or dreaming of Akihabara.  But don’t be melancholy!  We wouldn’t steer you wrong!  Over at Good Comics for Kids at School Library Journal I have the kids picks for this week, as well as some Halloween picks.

This Week at Manga Village ** 9/19/08

Still behind, I know.  Sucky week last week.  Not as bad as some, but not my best either.  But, that’s why we’ve got all these wonderful diversions, right?  To distract us from our workaday lives?  So, let’s get to it!

I start the week by giving my take on a not so great title, B.O.D.Y. Volume 2 from Viz.  Katherine Farmar brings a BL smile wih Laugh Under the Sun from DMP/June Manga.  Dan Polley cooks up Kitchen Princess Volume 7 from Del Rey Manga.  John Thomas brings a little Halloween early with The Art of Hideshi Hino from Last Gasp.  (Distrubingly appropriate, don’t you think?)

As usual, we have our weekly picks, with everyone all over the place with their favorites.  Over at Good Comics for Kids, I’ve got my weekly column, All Ages Comics list, and Esther Keller has a review of a Tokyopop manga, Vidia and the Fairy Crown, part of the Disney’s Fairies line.

Keeping Reading Fun

This has been bugging me for a while now, and I’ve got to say something.  It was spurred by an article in The Oregonian, and pointed out by Brigid Alverson of Good Comics for Kids.  The gist of the Oregonian article was teachers incorporating comics into the classroom, through the Comic Book Project, a joint effort by Dark Horse Comics and Columbia University of New York.  Included in the article was the following quote:

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This Week at Manga Village ** 8/20/08

Even though it’s the dog days of August, you won’t find the Manga Village crew laying around like lazy bouts!  The week starts off with the final volume of another Viz horror manga, Uzumaki Volume 3 by Charles Tan.  I jump back a couple of volumes to review Godchild Volume 6, also from Viz.  Dan Polley takes us over to Del Rey for Gacha Gacha: The Next Revolution Volume 7.  John Thomas finishes the week with another classic in the US, Black Magic from Dark Horse.  I remember reading this when it first came out in the 80’s.  How old does that make me?

Then we’ve got our picks for the week, with an almost, but not quite unanamous vote for weekly pick.  Over at Good Comics for Kids, I’ve got the newest All Ages Comics list.  Keep the kids reading so they’re read for school!

This Week at Manga Village ** 8/15/08

It’s the end of the week (thank goodness) and time to round up the hard work our reviews did.  BTW, like the graphic at the top?  It was drawn by Lissa Patillo of Kuri-osity, a former reviewer for us, who was so kind as to not only do all the artwork for Manga Village, but has allowed us to keep using it.  Thanks Lissa!

This week starts off again with Charles Tan looking at a modern classic Rurouni Kenshin VizBIG Volume 2 from Viz.  The first two arcs really were great.  I check out a soon to be classic Sand Chronicles Volume 2 from Viz.  It really is everything it’s hyped up to be.  Dan Polley sits one out with The Wallflower Volume 16 from Del Rey.  I really need to sit down and read this series.  John Thomas comes and goes with Translucent Volume 2 from Dark Horse.  I really wouldn’t put this at age 8+ either, it’s really meant for a teen audience 12 and up.

We’ve also got our picks up for the week.  Come see which title won the hearts of two of our reviewers!  Over at Good Comics for Kids, I’ve got the newest All Ages releases as well as hyping my All Ages Manga list.  Check it out and tell me if there’s anything I can do to improve it!

This Week At Manga Village ** 8/6/08

We’ve made a few changes at Manga Village.  First and foremost, it that you can now enjoy manga and comics reviews M-F!  You will find a new review every day.  And don’t just check the manga.  John’s been busy with some comics reviews.  So check them out while they’re hot!

This weeks starts out with Charles Tan finishing the horror title Gyo Volume 2 from Viz.  I bring some rockin’ Pirate action with One Piece Volume 18 from Viz.  John Thomas is in a daze with Ghost Talker’s Daydream Volume 1 from Dark Horse.  Dan Polley has a seasonal review of Shiki Tsukai Volume 3 from Del Rey.

Over in our columns section, we have our usual picks for the week.  Come see where our money goes.  And then there’s a new monthly feature that we’re calling Manga of the Month.  At the beginning of the month, we will vote on our favorite titles from the top scores of the previous month.  Check out our best of the best!  Then head on over to Good Comics For Kids and check out my picks for week.  It’s an all manga edition, so be there or be square!

This Week at Manga Village ** 7/9/08

We’ve been hard at work at Manga Village, bringing you another great round of reviews.  Dan Polley masters the creepy-crawlies with Mushishi Volume 4 from Del Rey.  Charles Tan is spiking Eyeshield 21Volume 4 from Viz Media.  John Thomas checks out some stomach turning sci-fi with Gantz Volume 1 from Dark Horse.  And I’ve got some historical shojo with Kaze Hikaru Volume 9 from Viz Media.

We’ve also got our weekly picks up in the columns section, as well as a special announcement in Manga Village News.  Webcomic creators should take special notice!  And for the kids, there’s a new All Ages Comics list for this week up at Good Comics for Kids.  So start making with the clickee!

This Week at Manga Village ** 7/3/08

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I know, I’m late again.  But holidays will do that.  Anyway, despite my slowness, the rest of the gang got their reviews up on time!  John Thomas didn’t fall to pieces and got his review of Dororo Volume 2 from Vertical out on time.  I take a walk down memory lane with High School Girls Volume 9 from DR Masters.  And Charles Tan hefts a Claymore Volume 12 for some monster fighting action from Viz.

Then, we’ve got our weekly picks up, giving you a checklist of what to by for your summer reading.  And over at Good Comics For Kids, I’ve got my latest picks for All Ages.