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Comic-Con 2010: Critics Pick The Best, Worst & Most-Wanted Manga

By August 8, 2010

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not simpleAt San Diego Comic-Con 2010, I was asked to be a part of the 2nd annual "Best and Worst Manga" panel that was held on Thursday afternoon, July 22. Tom Spurgeon from The Comics Reporter moderated a no-holds-barred, often hilarious exchange of picks and pans of the best, worst, most anticipated and most wanted manga of the past year.

With Spurgeon keeping us in line, our group of very opinionated manga critics included:

  • Jason Thompson, author of Manga: The Complete Guide and King of RPGs, and manga critic for Otaku USA, Suvudu.com and Anime News Network
  • Shaenon Garrity, author of CLAMP in America and Narbonic, columnist for The Comics Journal and ComiXology.
  • Christopher Butcher, manager of The Beguiling in Toronto, promoter and founder of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival and blogger/reviewer at Comics212.net
  • Carlo Santos, manga columnist and reviewer for Anime News Network
  • Deb Aoki (me), manga editor for About.com

The Comics Reporter posted a list of all of the titles mentioned, but for those of you who couldn't be there, I collected some of the choice quotes and comments from that day. So, for your reading enjoyment, I give you The 2010 Comic-Con Best and Worst Manga Panel, complete with quips, quotes and a few tussles too.

San Diego Comic-ConIf you missed it, here are some of my daily reports from Comic-Con 2010 that I wrote for About.com and for MTV Iggy

It's taking me a while to get all this Comic-Con goodness out the door, but I promise, the wait will be worthwhile, as I'll be posting more photos, my interviews with Felipe Smith (Peepo Choo), Moto Hagio (A Drunken Dream), and transcripts from the manga translation panel and digital piracy panels soon. Hang out, there's more to come.

Image credits: Natsume Ono, Deb Aoki


August 10, 2010 at 11:22 am
(1) Manga Therapy says:

Chi’s Sweet Home is technically seinen manga. So, I can understand it being somewhat dark.

I’ve heard some interesting things about Peepo Choo. I might want to read it.

Do you think Saint Young Men would EVEN make it in America due to our country’s stance on religion? It is a very funny & interesting concept, though.

August 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm
(2) Hope says:

I hope that Dark Horse continues to re-release Clamp series! I’d love to see all of X/1999 in omnibus form and just imagining that Dark Horse could reproduce every Clamp series with all of the colored art and extras makes it all the more worthwhile in hoping that they continue to license more Clamp!

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