Posts Tagged ‘Manga’

PODCAST #1 (PART 2)

NOVEMBER 10, 2010

Inveterate Media Junkies Podcast #1 PART TWO

We hope you have as much fun listening as we did making this podcast!

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PODCAST #1 (PART 1)

NOVEMBER 8, 2010

Inveterate Media Junkies Podcast #1 Part 1

We hope you have as much fun listening as we did making this podcast!

A few folks are having trouble playing the PODCAST LINK. WordPress.com’s “Media Players” are NOT currently working properly. If you click on the “Inveterate Media Junkies Podcast #1 Part 1″ link (in light blue) above, you will be taken to a SEPARATE PAGE where you can listen to a Quicktime version of the podcast.

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PART 2 of the INAUGURAL FIRST PODCAST has been POSTED!

(Hopefully with all the GLITCHES fixed!)

And it’s empty…

Manga & Wine... Yum.

…Just like my dreams of ever reading all these books.

Yes, each shelf is stacked TWO ROWS DEEP. Yes, there are FOUR MORE shelves just like this one.*

In all seriousness, I will finish every one of them… As soon as my clones arrive.

*Yes, CCW*TV Blog Readers– I really did listen to you… ALL of you!

MANGA, MANGA EVERYWHERE

Close up of the latest Detroit Metal City cover

Manga books are normally released every Tuesday– just like music. They arrive in mainstream bookstores and Anime/Manga stores on Tuesdays. Comic book stores can often gets these volumes EARLIER than the other outlets… and occasionally a week late. So depending on what store you haunt– the books may have arrived last Tuesday of Wednesday or next Tuesday and Wednesday. Call in advance, save gas! (Pull Lists are also a great idea– where available.) Some books may also be new prints (2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.) of books already released.

This will be a REGULAR FEATURE at the SAYL Blog… As releases warrant. The bulk of NEW MANGA RELEASES come out TWICE a MONTH– with out few stragglers released during the “in-between” weeks. When there is only a few books– those will be noted in the MY PULL LIST Weekly Feature. I am also including a short list of some of next week’s Manga releases as well!

NEW MANGA

ARATA THE LEGEND VOLUME 3 GN
AX VOLUME 1: COLLECTION OF ALTERNATIVE MANGA GN


DETROIT METAL CITY VOLUME 6 GN
DOGS VOLUME 4 GN
HAYATE COMBAT BUTLER VOLUME 16 GN
LEGEND OF ZELDA VOL 10 GN
LIBRARY WARS VOLUME 2 GN


MEGA MAN MEGAMIX VOLUME 2 GN
MEGA MAN ZX VOLUME 2 GN
PANIC X PANIC VOLUME 2 GN
PEEPO CHOO VOLUME 2 GN

PINK INNOCENT VOLUME 2 GN
RASETSU VOLUME 6 GN
RIN-NE VOLUME 4 GN
ROCKET GIRLS SC NOVEL
SAND CHRONICLES VOLUME 9 GN
SUZUKA VOLUME 13/14/15 GN

TEGAMI BACHI VOLUME 3 GN
TORIKO VOLUME 2 GN
VENT VOLUME 1 GN

LATE ADDITIONS:

From this week’s Regular Release List:

Berserk Volume 34 GN
Ghost in the Shell Kodansha Volume 2 GN (2nd Printing)
Inu Yasha Volume 52 GN
Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Volume 11 GN
Vampire Hunter D: Readers Guide

~My OPEN LETTER to the GOD of MANGA~

Dear God of Manga,

I know I haven’t written you in while and you might be feeling a little neglected. I’m sorry about that… But I really want to thank you for any influence you may have had in nudging Dark Horse Comics into RESUMING printing of their unfinished Manga series “Eden, It’s An Endless World” and “MPD-Psycho”.

I don’t mind telling you MG, I would have been exceptionally pissed off– if I ever got around to reading these books– to discover that Dark Horse had just lamely quit publishing the damn things. Especially since I had to pay some seller in New Zealand a fairly significant price just to send me ONE VOLUME of the out of print “Eden” editions… And had to navigate through all sorts of hoops to fill other extremely hard to find, out-of-print holes in the series.

Do you think Dark Horse had to stop publishing them because they had used up their yearly allotment of trees for all the Star Wars prequels, sequels, in-between-els that they needlessly print?

Anyway, Dark Horse says that they are going to keep publishing “Eden” and “MPD-Psycho” as long as the public supports the titles. That would be really cool– especially since they have already released the first 12 of the entire 18 volumes in the Eden series and 9 of the 14 available volumes in the MPD-Psycho storyline. I really think Dark Horse should now reprint several of the hard to find volumes in these series too… So completists can get in on the action from the beginning and enjoy the stories too. If they don’t reprint these out of print books, aren’t they just wounding their efforts to renew interest in these series right from the beginning of their relaunch?

The people running Dark Horse are pretty smart… They need to understand that we– as regular, loyal customers– want to finish reading these Manga series in their entirety. So if interest in these new books start to wane– I hope that– at the very least– they’ll step up and release a couple of big Omnibus collections to finish off these titles.

I know you’ll do what you can great God of Manga. Publisher’s need to know that when several books in a completed series have already been printed like this– many consumers want to read them all… Just like they would want all the seasons of Battlestar Galactica to be released on DVD or Blu Ray. Could you imagine the uproar if the studios only released 1/2 of every Television series on discs… Leaving you to “go fish” for the other episodes? Same goes for partial Manga releases. Don’t start printing the books in an already completed series if you think you might not finish.

That would just suck!

All the Best,

Insideman

Here’s some of the great stuff we would have missed seeing to completion:

(Thanks to CCW*TV’s Jose Melendez for the tip!)

ME WANT NOW!™

ME WANT NOW!™ will be a fairly regular column that will POP UP when you least expect it… Entirely at my whim and will highlight something really cool (or possibly not so cool) that I REALLY, REALLY WANT.

ME WANT THIS RIGHT NOW:

Yowza!

Golgo 13 Collection 1 DVD: Contains Eps 1- 13

Based on the Manga!

RATED TV-MA

Urasawa's Modern Manga Classic

You Can Go Home Again

Anyone who follows the CCW*TV Companion Blog or watches my rants on CCW*TV will not be surprised to read that I have become increasingly disenchanted with the Big 2 comic publishers. Lame “blockbuster” events, rising cover prices, gratuitous deaths and clichéd storytelling are only a few of the problems that currently bother me. That’s not to say there aren’t any mainstream comics that I currently enjoy on a monthly basis. I do. They just seem too few and far between nowadays.

The Sentry Rips Another One!

The escalation of mean spiritedness, bloodshed and misogyny in American comics has become quite tiring. As a result of the persistent problems I’m having with the mainstream superhero books, I have rediscovered a lost love of mine: Manga.

Keeping up with Marvel. DC gets into the gratuitous violence act.

Even though U.S. comics were my introduction to the wonderful art form known as sequential art– Manga soon crept in and overtook my love for most capes and cowls… And I am quite certain that my affinity for anime had something to do with it.

Japanese produced animation has always struck a deep chord with me… Much more so than any old Hanna-Barbera “cartoon” ever could. Was it the seriousness of the subject matter, the captivating action sequences or how the animation cells meshed together so fluidly? If I had to choose between these reasons– I would choose all three.

After watching my first episodes of Battle of the Planets,  Captain Harlock– and eventually Robotech– how the hell could I ever be content to watch Scooby Doo?

In the late 80’s I was a complete, unapologetic Marvel Zombie. I did not care for anything DC offered– nor had my horizons expanded to vast and fertile area of independent comics.  That entire mindset changed one day while I was looking through a friend’s stack of books and came across a comic called Xenon.

♥ My first Manga ♥

The artwork on the cover caught my eye– feeling very familiar to me.  Not because it resembled any of the comics I had been reading but because it looked more like the great anime I had been watching.

Though the cover illustration was in color I soon realized that all the interior pages were in black and white. The concept wasn’t completely foreign to me as I had seen a couple of TMNT comics by this point… But Xenon just felt different from any book I had seen. The artwork was dark and gritty. Backgrounds and cityscapes were drawn with the precision of an architect. It had intricate robotic designs for the hero and the villain’s alter egos. All of this set against the backdrop of a Japanese high school.

Whatever this comic was about didn’t matter to me. All I knew was that I had to read it right away– along with every other issue my friend had collected.

AND THAT’S HOW IT ALL STARTED

Now Being Reprinted in Deluxe Editions

Soon I was adding all kinds of Manga books to my weekly pull list. The more Manga that became available (at the time it was a fairly slow trickle)– the more I wanted to buy. Titles like Appleseed, Ranma ½, Maison Ikkoku, Gunhed, Silent Mobius, Urusei Yatasura, Fist of the North Star and Nausicaa. As well as Ninja High School, The Dirty Pair and Gold Digger– all comics drawn by Americans with a profound influence from Japanese artists and anime.

These books gave me something that American comics couldn’t (or wouldn’t)– huge amounts of imagination. Where regular superhero comics seemed grounded in a reality populated by fantastical and impressive beings– the entire world of Manga seemed gloriously overloaded with the fantastical and the impressive. Each book had its own reality, not a shared one, and I seemed to never tire of discovering new worlds with each new manga I started to read.

Gantz-- Another great Manga

Thanks to the efforts of a growing number of companies like Viz and Dark Horse– Manga became even more predominant on comic shop shelves as the years passed. As anyone with a passing interest in the genre knows, Manga has since exploded far beyond comic specialty stores and now reaches the mainstream via national bookstore chains like Borders and Barnes & Noble.

A while ago Insideman contacted me about writing a Manga column for his Swear All you Like Blog– or maybe even a series of reviews. Whether this column becomes a reality on a regular basis remains to be seen– as life, work (and fun) always have a way of interrupting the best of plans. Still, I went back and forth concerning what topic to write about, what book to review for this post– and finally settled on letting you in on “where I’m coming from” when I am enjoying (and possibly even reviewing) manga.

Giving some background on what this art medium means to me– and the years I’ve been invested in it– may give you a better understanding of any future reviews. I was there almost at the beginning of the Manga industry in America… And to see it grow so vast in the last couple of decades simply amazes me.

Orange Jumpsuit Ninja. Not my favorite by far. Maybe it is yours.

It’s becoming tougher to find great books out there as the industry keeps growing– then contracting– and growing again. With a crowded field of books and various Manga companies starting , suspending or ceasing publication, hopefully I can steer you in the right direction. I want to help you experience some of the best the genre has to offer.

So, thanks Marvel and DC! If it weren’t for your poor attempts at keeping this comic fan satisfied– I may never have rediscovered my long-lost love.

(Besides reading Manga for more than half of his life, Jose Melendez has also been a comic book retailer for almost 18 years. He is the co-host of CCW*TV– where he attempts to make the show somewhat entertaining on a weekly basis– despite the “best efforts” of co-host Elliott who tends to ruin everything with his boring, stale personality. Jose is also the main contributor on the CCW Companion Blog.

His only regret in life is breaking up with a very cute and kind redhead 10 years ago for no good reason. Please learn from this and don’t make the same mistake yourself… Or else alcohol will most likely play a big part in your future lifestyle.)