Did everyone have a good Halloween? Get lots of treats from Trick or Treating, or from your kids, as in our case? This week we have “big” announcements, digital manga, con reports, new licenses, new initiatives, and OEL manga.
Some Advice for Bloggers and Reviewers
Brigid of Mangablog first lists some good tips on how to make you blog more user friendly and possibly improve your Google ranking! Many of them are the same that I’ve heard on the tech podcasts I listen to, so you can be sure the advice is sound. And then found via Twitter, Deb Aoki of About.Manga blog has some sound tips for manga reviewers:
- manga reviewing tip #1: “Did you like it or not? I should have some idea whether it’s worth buying or not after reading your review”
- manga reviewing tip #2: “grab my attention in the first 1-2 paragraphs & give me a reason to keep reading, or I’ll just click away.”
- manga reviewing tip #3: “write like you’re having fun, not writing a term paper.”
- manga reviewing tip #4: “yes, by all means tell me what the story is about — but can you skip the rehash of the entire book?”
Solicitations made the next day has brought the count from 4 to 19. You can check Deb’s twitter feed for them all. There are a lot of good suggestions, though not all are practical for a short review of a title. But I was glad to see that readers do want to see ratings on reviews. Other bloggers have professed an aversion to them, but as I reader I appreciate them, which is why I include them with my own. I hope people find my ratings consistant, as that is something I strive for.
New York Anime Festival Days 2 & 3
Days 2 & 3 of NYAF brought publishers Del Rey and Viz with more licenses and news. Del Rey remains conservative with only a few new licenses, but shows it’s still got some cred with Kodansha. Viz has a little something for everyone in each of their lines, including some interesting suprises. What isn’t surprising is the number of titles from already known mangaka. Easier to sell a known than unknown quantity, I would say.
Arrrrr. It be the news.
Found via Twitter. @MagicalEmi shared a picture of her manga collection. Now just think this whole thing is squeezed into a two room apartment. Not two bedroom, two room. All these bookshelves also explains how she can keep up her website Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page. I hope she’s got those bookshelves secured to the wall, or isn’t home when the Big One hits. Thanks for sharing! I need to take a pic of the shiny new bookcases my husband built for our books and manga.
It’s another slow week for news in general, though there were some cool announcements and interesting discussions. There’s still some SDCC fallout too. That should start petering out though as NYAF starts to loom ahead.
Video Recap of Ikki Panel at SDCC
Over at the Ikki Blog, Viz has put together a nearly 4 minute recap of the Ikki panel at SDCC. It’s no the same as being there, but it’ll give you an idea of what went on. A full recording of the panel would have been much cooler though.