• Making Manga is Hard—and Funny: Manga Dogs Reviewed

    Making Manga is Hard—and Funny: Manga Dogs Reviewed0

    Manga Dogs, vols. 1–3 Ema Toyama (mangaka); William Flanagan (translation); Jennifer Skarupa (lettering); Phil Balsman (cover design) Kodansha What do you think of comics artists and writers? Okay, I can probably answer some of that: if you’re reading this, you’re probably not among the camp who thinks of them as weirdos. Or maybe you do,

  • Attack on Titan’s Gargantuan (Sales) Impact

    Attack on Titan’s Gargantuan (Sales) Impact3

    Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人, Shingeki no Kyojin) is a force to be reckoned with. And no, I’m not talking about the monstrous, human-eating, gigantic Titans that represent chaos and xenophobia for the series’ protagonists. I’m talking about pure, cold, hard capitalism here. Numbers, numbers, numbers, money, money, money.

  • Barakamon: A Slice of Japanese Island Life

    Barakamon: A Slice of Japanese Island Life1

    Barakamon, Vols. 1 – 4 Satsuki Yoshino Translation/Adaptation: Krista Shipley, Karie Shipley Lettering: Lys Blakeslee Yen Press Take one hotshot young calligrapher from Tokyo and put him in a fishing village with a bunch of quirky locals and what do you get? It’s called Barakamon, and it’s great.