Anonymous wrote to let us know that Rakka Ryuusui, Volume 5 is soon to be out. Also, Anon points that a booklet for Shitsuji Shoujo to Ojou-sama is available – the PDF on the website tells you how to get it.
This month is going to see a pile of Yuri Hime comics released, so I’ll do a few at a time, so we can savor the list.
Soulfege ~ Sweet Harmony is among the group this time, with a mild story about a girl who faces adversity when she comes to a private school to find her beloved onee-sama.
Orange Yellow is another collection of shorts and Mizu-iro Cinema is a collection of the story of common girl Tae as she becomes involved with a film superstar, both by the quietly wonderful Hiyori Otsu.
Snatches of Yuri
Nonnonbyoriatto is full of dorm hijinks and a super cool sempai beloved by her kouhai. And stuff that passes for Yuri.
Hidamari Sketch Volume 5 is full of dorm hijinks…and stuff that passes for Yuri.
I don’t usually point to other people’s reviews of books, but Jason Thompson had a two-for-one this week with a review of Maka-Maka on his 365 Days of Manga site and an overview of Rose of Versailles on his new column for Anime News Network, House of 1000 Manga.
I thought this worth passing on. Simon Jones of Icarus Publishing mentions an article on Tsurupeta about a semi-official Strike Witches bi-lingual doujinshi. I think this is worth mentioning, because you’re going to see more and more of this. There is a desire on the part of creators to reach their audience and frustration on their part with those fans who don’t respect their ownership of their work. More importantly, now that readers are starting to assign the power of choice of what is published not to publishers, but to hardware providers like Apple and Amazon, who are wielding that power haphazardly and unfairly, I think creators are smart to take as much control of their work as possible.
Which leads me to something else Simon links to – a report that 30% of books submitted to Apple’s iTunes on behalf of Kodansha have been rejected. Other publishers have commented that even when a first volume of a series is accepted, later volumes might not be. I know everyone’s blown away by the shiny iPad, but with the inconsistency and hypocrisy rampant in regards to iTunes, are the users going to tolerate this? Wield your money wisely when you purchase.
Kansasa City.com gives a short, incomplete and (not-surprisingly) American-comics biased history of gay characters in comics. It’s full of holes, but not done with malice.
And while I’m here, I might as well just mention that Batwoman is going to get her own series over at DC. I finally had a chance to read Detective and I can guarantee my impressions are not in line with everyone else’s. :-) Nonetheless, I’m glad DC’s giving the green signal to keep her and not just shelving her now that Rucka’s leaving.
That’s a wrap for this week.
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