It’s a random news kinda day. ^_^
Manga and Comics News
A collection of Shimura Takako’s color paintings has been collected and is being released in June. This will include her watercolor cover images for Horou Musuko /Wandering Son and Aoi Hana /Sweet Blue Flowers. Fans of this talented and compelling writer might be interested. Shimura Takako Painting Collection (志村貴子画集) hits shelves in Japan in late June.
In 2013, I talked a bit about a “gentlewoman thief” series by Colleen Coover and Paul Tobin called Bandette. Volume 1 and Volume 2 have been collected for this terrific YA-friendly tale of a good gal rogue and her friends.
Kia Asamiya, best known for his Silent Mobius series has just wrapped up a new Silent Mobius series! I’m actually very interested to see where his art has gone, since it was always so clean and adult. But that’s not the trend anymore. Anyway, if you, like me, want to spend time with the women of AMP, check out Silent Mobius QD. (サイレントメビウスＱＤ)
Remember the reboot of Read or Die from 2013? It made it all the way to a collected volume before they killed it – R.O.D. Rehabilitation.
Tagame Gengoroh’s bara manga My Brother’s Husband (弟の夫) tells the story of a man whose twin brother is comming home to Japan to visit, bringing the man he married in Canada and their daughter. Bara like this is pushing on those sore points of gay identity and marrriage equality and I’m very glad. ^_^
ANN reports that Japanese publisher Kadokawa has launched a Global version of their Comic Walker website. Targeted at Japanese readers, it’s bringing comics, manhua and manhwa into the digital platform from Singapore, China and Taiwan. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but their Japanese Comic Walker site is worth taking a look at, not least because they do have some Yuri and some English works (although not many that are both.)
Non-Fiction Book News
For the folks out there doing research, scholar Casey Brienza is bring two critical works into the world in the near future. Global Manga: ‘Japanese’ Comics without Japan? will look at manga-influenced comics from countries outside Japan:
This book takes seriously the political economy and cultural production of this so-called ‘global manga’ produced throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia and explores the conditions under which it arises and flourishes; what counts as ‘manga’ and who gets to decide; the implications of global manga for contemporary economies of cultural and creative labour; the ways in which it is shaped by or mixes with local cultural forms and contexts; and, ultimately, what it means for manga to be ‘authentically’ Japanese in the first place.
Global Manga will be published in July 2015, edited by Casey with a host of expert authors.
Coming in the beginning of 2016, Casey has also written Manga in America: Transnational Book Publishing and the Domestication of Japanese Comics.
Well. It appears that Denpagumi inc.’s live-action series Shiroyuki Gakuen was so popular that they are making another
crappy live-action series! Comic Natalie reports on Shiromajyo Gakuen: Kyoshitsu ni Omoide ga Nai! Like the first series it is most likely to be a thinly-plotted series of soft core cosplay with, I have no doubt, some Yuri.
And at least I will be happy to hear that Kanno’s Ano ko Kiss to Shiroyuri wo series is getting a Drama CD (again, via Comic Natalie)! Unexpected and pleasant. Volume 3 has a June street date, no link as of yet. I guess I never reviewed Volume 2. Huh.
Crunchyroll News reports on the most obvious collaboration ever – Yuri Kuma Arashi and Gloomy Bear. ^_^
Onto a slightly different topic, Mary Review, a magazine for women writers and for all readers, is getting it’s start after a successful Kickstarter. Just thought some of you might find that interesting.
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