Okay, I’d like to write a bit about service to the University and such, but I’m short on time. Instead, I’ll clear out some of the massive store of links I’ve been saving for you. Today’s theme: manga and comics.
- In I Want to Get Drunk and Tell You About My Eating Disorder, Shaenon Garrity runs through the highs and lows of those little 1/4 columns that run on the sides of manga. (The article is much more interesting than I’m making it sound.)
- Jason Thompson’s House of 1000 Manga has an article on Ippongi Bang, an interesting artist who isn’t as known as well as she used to be.
- TOKYOPOP, Blu, and the Rise of Boys’ Love Manga offers a short history of Tokyopop’s influential role in bringing boys’ love manga to the U.S.
- A Timeline of Josei Manga in the U.S. is exactly what is says it is.
- Make Way for Josei shines a light on how some series that we think of as shoujo in America are actually josei, complicating what those terms mean.
- First, Exciting Digital Times LinkBlogging has a nice little overview of what’s going on in the field.
- The Big Sexy Problem with Superheroines and Their ‘Liberated Sexuality’ explains the big sexy problem clearly and amusingly.
- Gushing about the Sailor Moon Manga rerelease and feminism in an intelligent way never gets old.
- Then, Manga Bookshelf talks Sailor Moon
- A list showing How JManga Can Improve
- JManga Responds to Feedback, Drops Prices, Discusses Future Plans follows JManga’s response to some of those criticisms.
- In case you wondered what was up with it since it went out of business, Tokyopop Threatens to Rise From the Dead … Again
- Oprah Recommends “Graphic Novels” You’ve Never Heard Of, but is it so bad? “Graphic novel” does not mean comic.
- Ed Sizemore offers a concise review of the fifth volume of Mechademia – including a great article by Otsuka Eiji – over at Comics Worth Reading in Mechademia 5: Fanthropologies
- As Sizemore points out in the previous review, Japanese academics whose work has been translated into English are sometimes responding to other Japanese analysts whose work has not been translated. Kransom’s C77 Acquisitions (kind of): Manga Ronso Boppatsu Vol. 1 writes about one such book, which sounds really interesting.
- Jason Thompson takes advantage of his years of experience to tell us Why Manga Publishing Is Dying (And How It Could Get Better)
A short set of links on the poses artists place their (usually female) characters in:
- First off, This needs to stop… and let me tell you why! is by Ils, a contortionist/martial artist. She followed up with,
- It’s funny…
- Men’s Versus Women’s Poses isn’t technically about comics, but it – by a women with years of intensive ballet experience – features recreations of poses from the covers of fantasy novels.
- Jim Hines, author of novels such as The Stepsister Scheme, bravely stepped in to model poses from his own books as well as a number of others in Striking a Pose (Women and Fantasy Covers). He ends by listing a few covers he thinks do a good job.
A scattered overview of what it’s like to work in comics:
- A friendly reminder about American comics hiring practices from DC Comics Chiefs Address the Lack of Female Characters
- And a little historical perspective in DC’s Editorial Policy of Ignoring Women
- Digital Manga Guild: Smells like Exploitation! breaks down the numbers to show that a company’s new translation gambit results in little-to-no pay for the translators, editors and others involved.
- Online Manga: A Digital News Roundup — JManga.Com, VizManga.Com, Guild’s First Release has an update on the Digital Manga Guild experiment.
- Digital Manga Guild Contracts Examined; Are They Exploiting Contributors? further delves into DMG contracts.
- Johanna Draper Carlson’s Are Comics Detrimental to Creators? doesn’t come to any definite conclusions, but raises some interesting points.
- JDC quotes an essay by Friends With Boys‘ Faith Erin Hicks, but the essay is worth reading entirely. It’s at the bottom of this page.
That’s it for today, as I have an eye doctor’s appointment and a wedding to get to.