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Manga: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
50 Manga Titles Every Library Should Own
See a list of 50 essential manga that every library should have on their shelves, including popular graphic novels for teens, kids and grown-ups. Librarian and author Robin Brenner offers insights on these manga must-haves and why they deserve a spot on your library's shelves.
The 10 Shojo Manga Titles Everyone Should Read
Curious about shojo (shoujo) manga but can't figure out where to start? Discover some of the most romantic, hilarious, magical and memorable Japanese comics for girls with our top 10 recommended reading list, including favorites such as Fruits Basket, Vampire Knight and Card Captor Sakura.
Readers' Choice: Yaoi Manga
See a recommended reading list of yaoi and boys love manga as selected by manga fans on Twitter and on the About.com Manga blog forums. See which graphic novels yaoi manga fans picked as the best manga in the boys love category.
12 Cooking Manga Good Enough to Eat
From the land of Iron Chef comes cooking manga -- Japanese comics about the thrills and spills (mostly spills) that happens when you turn baking, frying and slicing into a competitive sport, and turn the kitchen into a backdrop for romance, comedy and intrigue.
Top 20 Manga Must-Reads
New to the joys of manga? Before you read the rest, check out some of the best. Our top 20 list includes recommended reads for every age and every taste. Choose from action-packed shonen manga and romantic shojo manga for kids and teens or cutting-edge graphic novels for adults -- you're sure to discover a comic book that will blow you away.
Drawing From Life: Manga About Manga
See a list of 15 manga stories about making manga, including tales that showcase the blood, sweat and tears (and endless efforts to please finicky editors) that comics creators must endure to bring their manga to their adoring fans.
Best Vampire Manga
Craving more gothic romance and bloodsucking thrills? From Vampire Knight to Hellsing, here's 22 manga tales of tormented vampires, doomed love, blood-thirsty monsters and even some kooky creatures of the night.
Interview: Hiro Mashima
Hiro Mashima, creator of Fairy Tail and Rave Master, came to San Diego Comic-Con 2008 and showed off his upbeat personality and mischievous sense of humor.
Cool New Manga for Grown-up Graphic Novel Fans
See a recommended reading list of adult manga titles, featuring classic, new releases, popular, bestselling and outstanding manga for mature readers and the grown-ups who love graphic novels. From the hardboiled action of Dogs and cyberpunk romance of Clover to the rock and roll raunchiness of Detroit Metal City, there's lots of great graphic novels for grown-ups.
10 Shonen Manga Must-Reads
Are you hooked on the adrenaline-rush of shonen manga, but want to try something new? Take a chance on of the most action-packed, humorous and addictive Japanese comics for boys with our top 10 recommended reading list, including favorites such as Bleach, One Piece and Naruto.
How to Read Manga Without Going Broke
Buying manga can be a costly habit, but there are several ways to enjoy your favorite graphic novels without going broke. Try these 15 money-saving tips and tricks to finding cheap, free or discounted manga deals, ways to trade your unwanted manga, and a few words about scanlations.
Horror Manga: 13 Creepy Comics and Gruesome...
From the slightly spooky tales of Muhyo and Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation to the gory and disturbing Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show, get a peek into the spectrum of spooky manga from Japan's creepiest creators. See a recommended reading list of horror manga titles, featuring classic, new releases, popular, bestselling and outstanding manga that are worth your time and $10.
Interview: Hiro Mashima - Page 2
Read an interview with Japanese manga artist Hiro Mashima, the creator of Fairy Tail and Rave Master. Mashima-sensei came to San Diego Comic-Con 2008 and showed off his upbeat personality and mischievous sense of humor that makes Fairy Tail one of the most fun and exciting manga debuts of 2008 from Del Rey Manga. Page 2.
Strange Love: Shojo Manga's Weirdest Romances
See a list of the 10 strangest shojo manga love stories, including the odd couples from Guru Guru Pon-Chan, Portrait of M & N and Otomen.
Interview: Tite Kubo
Read an interview with Japanese manga artist Tite Kubo, the creator of Bleach and Zombie Powder. Kubo-sensei came to San Diego Comic-Con 2008 and answered questions for his fans about Bleach, his creative process and how he creates the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki, Rukia Kuchiki and the rest of the Soul Reapers, Arrancars, Hollows and Vizards who make Bleach one of the most exciting and addictive shonen manga series published in Shonen Jump magazine.
Interview: Tite Kubo - Page 2
Read an interview with Japanese manga artist Tite Kubo, the creator of Bleach and Zombie Powder. Kubo-sensei came to San Diego Comic-Con 2008 and answered questions for his fans about Bleach, his creative process and how he creates the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki, Rukia Kuchiki and the rest of the Soul Reapers, Arrancars, Hollows and Vizards who make Bleach one of the most exciting and addictive shonen manga series published in Shonen Jump magazine. Page 2.
Tsundere
: " Tsundere " is a Japanese slang word referring to a particular personality type / character archetype
Erica Friedman's Top 10 Yuri Manga
Yuri manga publisher and expert Erica Friedman has read a lot of girls love comics, but when we asked her to pick her 10 favorite yuri manga, she came back with a diverse list of titles, including Strawberry Panic, First Love Sisters and Maria-sama ga Miteru.
Early Origins of Japanese Comics
Find out about the Japanese origins of manga, from humorous painted scrolls and caricatures by ukiyo-e artists to the early influence of Western comics in Meiji-era Japan.
Making a Living in Manga: Part 1
Is it possible to make a living in manga in North America? I posed this question to comics professionals, publishers, creators and pundits, and got some interesting responses on Twitter. See what comics creators like Svetlana Chmakova, Adam Warren, Fred Gallagher and retailers/pundits/comics experts like Chris Butcher and Jason Thompson had to say in this lively online discussion.
Fun Kids Manga for Young Readers
See a recommended reading list of kids manga titles, featuring classic, new releases, popular, bestselling and outstanding manga for young readers and the young at heart. From the light-hearted, slice-of-life laughs from Yotsuba&! and prehistoric mayhem with Dinosaur Hour to the sports drama of Whistle and Sugar Princess, there's lots of fun reads for kids 12 and younger.
Otaku
There are manga and anime fans, and then there are otaku, the super-fans who eat, drink, shop, collect and obsess over every facet of manga, anime and games. Learn about the origins of otaku culture in Japan, and its spread to Asia, Europe and America.
Interview: Tite Kubo - Page 3
Read an interview with Japanese manga artist Tite Kubo, the creator of Bleach and Zombie Powder. Kubo-sensei came to San Diego Comic-Con 2008 and answered questions for his fans about Bleach, his creative process and how he creates the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki, Rukia Kuchiki and the rest of the Soul Reapers, Arrancars, Hollows and Vizards who make Bleach one of the most exciting and addictive shonen manga series published in Shonen Jump magazine. Page 3.
Fairy Tail Manga Profile and Story Summary
Read a description of Fairy Tail, a new shonen manga fantasy adventure series from the creator of Rave Master. Learn more about this tale of wizards and monsters, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Hiro Mashima.
Introduction to Shojo Manga
About.com's Manga Guide introduces you to the best shojo manga or Japanese comics for girls. With profiles of popular series including magical Sailor Moon to sexy and sophisticated Nana, our introduction takes a look inside the romantic, stylish and humorous world of shojo manga and explains why comics aren't just a guy thing anymore
Mangastream vs. Shonen Jump Alpha
Read comments from fans, and commentary about scanlation site Mangastream and their decision to pull their fan-translated versions of Shonen Jump manga from their website, and the arrival of Shonen Jump Alpha, VIZ Media's new digital weekly manga magazine, published near-simultaneously with Japan for North America.
History of Manga - Manga Goes to War
Find out about the Japanese origins of manga during the pivotal years between its first introduction to Western comics to its role in World War II and the changes caused by post-war occupation.
10 San Diego Comic-Con Survival Tips
Attending San Diego Comic-Con is a lot of fun, but a little advance planning can make the difference between aggravation and satisfaction. See my time-tested San Diego Comic-Con survival tips and make the most out of your trip to America's biggest and best comics, sci-fi, games and collectibles show.
Introduction to Age Ratings
Manga has something for everyone -- but not all manga is suitable for all ages. Our list breaks down the comics content ratings used by U.S. publishers, and provides examples of popular manga titles in each group.
Interview: Felipe Smith
Read an interview with American/Jamaican/Argentinean manga creator Felipe Smith, the artist and author of Peepo Choo and MBQ. Smith has the rare distinction of being one of the first American comics creators to produce a monthly comics series for Morning Magazine, one of the top seinen manga publications in Japan.
Interview: Takehiko Inoue
Takehiko Inoue, manga artist and creator of Slam Dunk, Vagabond and Real, recently made an appearance at the Books Kinokuniya in NYC. In our interview with Inoue-sensei, we talked about his manga, his love of sports, and his relationship with his readers.
Otaku Gift Guide
Find great gifts for manga and anime fans, including DVDs, graphic novels, gift certificates, t-shirts, bags, cosplay accessories, collectibles, action figures, and more. See what's on an otaku's most wanted lists, including Ultraman tees, Domokun flash drives, dream trips to Tokyo and much, much more.
9 "War is Hell" Military Manga
After World War II, Japan's armed forces have been relegated to non-combat roles on the world stage.
Doujinshi
What is doujinshi? Essentially, it's fan-created manga or Japanese comics, but it's much more than that. Learn about the origins of Japanese fan-created comics and the otaku culture that it feeds off and thrives on doujinshi.
Jason Thompson's Top 10 Manga List
Manga editor, author and expert Jason Thompson has read thousands of Japanese comics. But given the choice, what did he pick as his top 10 all-time favorite manga series? See his picks, from the popular to the obscure, including Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Sugar Sugar Rune and Panorama of Hell in Jason Thompson's Top 10 Manga List.
Seinen Manga
Definition of seinen manga or Japanese comics for men, plus examples of seinen manga.
Interview: Takehiko Inoue - Page 2
Takehiko Inoue, manga artist and creator of Slam Dunk, Vagabond and Real, recently made an appearance at the Books Kinokuniya in NYC. In our interview with Inoue-sensei, we talked about his manga, his love of sports, and his relationship with his readers. Page 2.
Making a Living in Manga: Part 2
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Naruto Series Profile and Story Summary
Why is Naruto one of the most popular shonen manga in the world? Read story summaries, character profiles and go behind the scenes and find out more about Naruto's creator, Masashi Kishimoto.
Spookiest (and Silliest) Ghosts and Zombies Manga
Looking for the best manga ghost stories and graphic novels about zombies and the evil dead? From Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service to Zombie Loan, here's my list of some of the spookiest, silliest and most entertaining ghost stories and zombie rampages ever captured in manga.
Uzumaki Manga Series Profile and Story Summary
In Uzumaki, a small Japanese village is gripped by a strange obsession with spirals. Junji Ito's horror masterpiece offers a series of short stories that describe the bizarre fates of the villagers, each story more inventive and horrifying than the last. Read a description of the Uzumaki manga series, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Junji Ito.
Chinese Manhua, Comics and Graphic Novels
See a list of Chinese comics or manhua in English, by Chinese creators and artists, including stories both contemporary and historic-themed stories, including Remember, The History of the West Wing and Wild Animals.
Moé
: Derived from the Japanese verb " moeru " ("to bud" as in plants or flowers), " moé " can mean several
Interview: Felipe Smith - Page 3
Read an interview with American/Jamaican/Argentinean manga creator Felipe Smith, the artist and author of Peepo Choo and MBQ. Smith has the rare distinction of being one of the first American comics creators to produce a monthly comics series for Morning Magazine, one of the top seinen manga publications in Japan. Page 3.
17 Manga by Osamu Tezuka
See a recommended reading list of manga by the Godfather of Manga, Osamu Tezuka. From the kid-friendly sci-fi of Astro Boy to the medical drama of Black Jack, the dark, psychological drama of MW to the epic tale of reincarnation and redemption that is Phoenix.
Print On Demand (POD) Publishing
What is print on demand (POD) publishing? Print on demand allows for printing relatively small quantities of a book or comic with a shorter turnaround time than traditional offset printing. This makes this option very attractive for self-publishing graphic novels and comics.
Nana by Ai Yazawa - Series Profile and Story...
Stylish, romantic and hip, Nana by Ai Yazawa is one of the best-selling shojo manga series out today. Read story summaries, character profiles and learn more about Nana artist, Ai Yazawa.
Death Note Volume 1
In Death Note Volume 1, high school student Light Yagami finds a supernatural notebook that gives him the power to kill criminals with just the stroke of a pen. Read our review and see why Deathnote is one of the most talked-about shonen manga titles in years.
Top 10 Manga Reviewing Tips
As the manga guide / editor for About.com, I get to read and write about a lot of manga. Along the way, I've learned a few things about the in's and out's of manga reviewing. Here are 10 tips for manga reviews that have worked well for me.
VIZ Media Publisher Profile
Profile of manga publishing company Viz Media LLC. Includes address, website, editorial focus and popular current titles.
Interview: Felipe Smith - Page 2
Read an interview with American/Jamaican/Argentinean manga creator Felipe Smith, the artist and author of Peepo Choo and MBQ. Smith has the rare distinction of being one of the first American comics creators to produce a monthly comics series for Morning Magazine, one of the top seinen manga publications in Japan. Page 2.
Mushishi Series Profile
Title: Mushishi (US and Japan) Author and Artist: Yuki Urushibara Publishers: Del Rey Manga (US) Kodansha
Making a Living in Manga: Part 5
The fifth part of the Making a Living in Manga series looks at 5 ways that the dysfunctional manga economy in North America could be fixed. It's fairly obvious that career prospects are fairly bleak for North American comics creators who want to draw in a manga-influenced style. But what can be done to make things better? I posed this question to comics professionals, publishers, creators and pundits, and got some interesting responses on Twitter. See what comics creators like Svetlana Chmakova, Kosen and Fred Gallagher had to say in this lively online discussion. Page 3.
Introduction to Shonen Manga
Geared for teen and young adult males, shonen manga, such as Naruto, Bleach and One Piece capture readers' attention with their exciting stories and dynamic characters. About.com's manga guide introduces you to this immensely popular style of comics that is winning the hearts of comics fans worldwide.
Libraries Are Not The Same as Manga Scanlation...
Librarian and author Robin Brenner breaks down four reasons why reading manga from a library is not the same as reading illegal scanlations. When fans have protested the closure of sites that hosted scanlated or pirated manga, many protested that they didn't see the difference between reading manga scanlations online and borrowing and reading manga from a library. Brenner explains why this manga myth deserves to be busted.
Making a Living in Manga: Part 4
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Bleach Manga Profile
Why is Bleach one of the most popular shonen manga in the world? Read story summaries, character profiles and go behind the scenes and find out more about Bleach's creator, Tite Kubo.
Soul Eater Volume 1 & 2
Read a review of Soul Eater Volume 1 & 2, a shonen manga series by Atsushi Ohkubo from Yen Press. Maka and her scythe Soul Eater are just two of many teenage teams at the Death Weapon Meister Academy, all seeking to harvest 99 human souls and one witch's soul to become a powerful scythe worthy of the god of Death.
T - Teens Age 13+ Content Rating
: Equivalent to a "PG-13" movie rating, the "T - Teens, Age 13+" rating means that there may be some
Shonen Jump Catches Up With Japan's Jump
See what Andy Nakatani, Editor in Chief of the North America edition of Weekly Shonen Jump had to say about the relaunch of VIZ Media's digital manga magazine, as it moved to simultaneous publication with the Japanese edition of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, including comments about the new series, One Punch Man by ONE and Yusuke Murata and plans for making Shonen Jump available to readers outside of North America.
Offset Printing
What is offset printing? Offset printing is the main way that books, magazines, and newspapers are printed today. Offset refers to the use of photo-sensitized printing plates with text and images that are inked and are transferred to paper through large printing presses.
OT - Older Teens Age 16+ Content Rating
: Equivalent to a "R" movie rating, the "OT – Older Teens, Age 16+" rating means that the dialogue may
TokyoPop Publisher Profile
Profile of manga publishing company TokyoPop. Includes address, web site, editorial focus and popular current titles.
U.S. Comics & Anime Conventions: International
Find anime and comic conventions near your city. This list includes 2012 U.S. anime and comic conventions that are scheduled in Canada, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Australia and more. Page 5.
Shojo Manga Gift Guide
Find great gifts for shojo manga and anime fans, including DVDs, graphic novels, gift certificates, t-shirts, bags, cosplay accessories, collectibles, toys, and more. See what's on shojo manga fan's most wanted lists, including Fruits Basket manga, Peach Girl DVDs, Pocky purses and much, much more.
Mangastream vs. Shonen Jump Alpha - Page 2
Read comments from fans, and commentary about scanlation site Mangastream and their decision to pull their fan-translated versions of Shonen Jump manga from their website, and the arrival of Shonen Jump Alpha, VIZ Media's new digital weekly manga magazine, published near-simultaneously with Japan for North America. Page 2.
Fruits Basket Volume 1
Read a review of Fruits Basket manga Volume 1 by Natsuki Takaya, a popular shoujo manga series published by TokyoPop. Find out how Tohru meets the Sohma family, moves in with them and learns their strange secret.
Interview: NaRae Lee
Read an interview with NaRae Lee, the Korean manhwa artist behind the graphic novel adaptation of James Patterson's Maximum Ride. Lee made her first trip to the United States to appear at San Diego Comic-Con 2009 to sign autographs at the Yen Press booth and meet fans of her work that's featured in Yen Plus Magazine.
Nabari no Ou Volumes 1 & 2
Read a review of Nabari no Ou Volumes 1 & 2, a shonen manga series by Yuhki Kamatani from Yen Press. Miharu has the potential to be the most powerful ninja, ever. Too bad he can't be bothered to care about his innate talent, much less the all-out war that's brewing between the world's most powerful clans.
Yaoi and Yuri Manga for GBLTQ Readers
See a recommended reading list of yaoi and yuri manga as selected by the panelists at the Gay for You? Yaoi and Yuri Manga for GBLTQ (Gay, Bisexual, Lesbian, Transgender, Queer) panel at New York Anime Festival 2010. Chris Butcher, Scott Robins, Alex Woolfson, Leyla Acker, Erica Friedman and moderator Robin Brenner selected 20 titles worth recommending to gay readers and gave reasons why these books are noteworthy.
Slam Dunk Manga Profile and Story Summary
Read a description of Slam Dunk, a basketball manga by Takehiko Inoue, including a story summary, character descriptions and notable facts about this shonen manga series. Learn more about Inoue-sensei and the numerous awards and accolades that he received for this influential graphic novel.
M - Mature Age 18+ Content Rating
: Equivalent to an "NC-17" movie rating, the "M – Mature, Age 18+" rating means that you can expect to
Q&A with Yoshitaka Amano
Read a Q&A session with legendary character designer, artist and illustrator Yoshitaka Amano from New York Anime Festival 2008. Find out why the artist behind Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D loves American superhero comics, how he straddles the worlds of fine art, video games and manga and his creative strategies that has made him one of the most successful illustrators in Japan.
Fruits Basket Manga Profile and Story Summary
Read a description of the Fruits Basket, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Natsuki Takaya. One of the most popular shojo manga released in the U.S., Fruits Basket is a 23-volume fantasy/romance/soap opera about an ever-cheerful high school girl and a very wealthy family with a strange curse. 13 members of the Sohma family are possessed by the animal spirits represented in the Chinese zodiac.
Antique Bakery Manga Profile
Sweet treats and delectable guys are served up at the Antique Bakery, a flirtatiously fun yaoi culinary comedy by Fumi Yoshinaga, published by Digital Manga Publishing. Read a description of this award-winning yaoi manga series, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Fumi Yoshinaga.
Love For Dessert
Read a review of Love For Dessert, a collection of josei manga short stories by Hana Aoi from Luv Luv Press / Aurora Publishing. In the title story, a young professional discovers that her co-worker is sweet on her, even if he can't relate to her insatiable sweet-tooth.
Rosario + Vampire Volume 1
A powerful girl loves a wimpy wuss – if there was ever a classic shonen manga formula for romantic comedy,
Interview: Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda
Read an interview with Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda, the authors of Yokai Attack!, a field guide to Japanese yokai, monsters, spirits and demons.
Black Butler Volume 1
Read a review of Black Butler Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Yana Toboso from Yen Press. Sebastian is the utterly unflappable and completely competent butler in service to young Ciel Phantomhive, the heir and head of the household of the Phantomhive toy manufacturing empire. But are there darker reasons for Sebastian's almost inhuman ability to serve?
6 Tips To Get More Manga in Your Local Library
Want to get more manga added to your local library's collection? Librarian and author Robin Brenner shares 6 simple ways to help nudge your local librarian to get hip to the manga tip.
Interview: Jenna Winterberg and Michelle Nguyen
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Blue Exorcist Volume 1
Read a review of Blue Exorcist Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Kazue Kato from Shonen Jump Advanced / VIZ Media. Scrappy Rin Okumura and his studious twin brother Yukio both grew up under the care of Father Fujimoto. But upon turning 15, Rin discovers a secret that has been kept from him since birth: he’s the half-human/half-demon son of Satan. After a brush with the demon lord, Rin swears to battle his father by becoming an exorcist.
Shonen Jump (U.S.) Manga Magazine Profile
Profile of Shonen Jump, a monthly shonen manga magazine for boys, published in the U.S. by Viz Media. Includes information about manga series featured, regular columns and its editorial direction.
Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka Volume 1
Based on a classic Astro Boy story "The Greatest Robot on Earth," Pluto is a bold, inventive remix of
Detroit Metal City Volume 1
Read a review of Detroit Metal City Volume 1, a seinen manga series by Kiminori Wakasugi from VIZ Media. Meet Krauser II, the demonic lead singer of Detroit Metal City, an up-and-coming death metal band. Meet Soichiro Negishi, a dweeby aspiring pop singer with a rice bowl haircut. You'd never know it to look at them, but these two polar opposites are the same person. As his two worlds collide, Negishi is often stuck between rock and a hard place.
Interview: Bryan Lee O'Malley
Read an interview with comics creator Bryan Lee O'Malley, the artist and author of Scott Pilgrim andLost at Sea. O'Malley was in Toronto for the midnight release party for Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour at The Beguiling, and to promote Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the feature film adaptation of his story about a slacker, the girl he loves, and the seven evil exes that he must defeat in order to date her.
Interview: Kun Gao of Crunchyroll
Read an interview with Kun Gao, the CEO of Crunchyroll as he explains Crunchyroll's plans to develop a platform for online manga publishing that publishers and distributors from all over the world can use to bring more manga online and available to more readers around the world. We also discuss the challenges that publishers face as they balance ease of use with the need for digital rights management.
Peepo Choo Volume 1
Read a review of Peepo Choo Volume 1, a seinen manga series by Felipe Smith from Vertical. Milton is an American otaku in Chicago who dreams of visiting Japan, the home of the anime and manga that he loves. But Milton's in for a surprise when he wins a trip to Japan and finds himself on a collision course with a homicidal yakuza mobster, an assassin and a bikini model with a violent streak.
Introduction to Original English Language Manga
Inspired by Japanese manga but created by American, European or Canadian creators, original English language manga or OEL manga is staking its claim to its place the world of comics and mainstream publishing. About.com's manga guide introduces you to this emerging and fast-growing segment of the graphic novels world.
Itazura na Kiss Volume 1
If you've read much shojo manga , you're thinking, 'Hey, that sounds familiar.' The forced co-habitation
Interview: Felipe Smith - Page 4
Read an interview with American/Jamaican/Argentinean manga creator Felipe Smith, the artist and author of Peepo Choo and MBQ. Smith has the rare distinction of being one of the first American comics creators to produce a monthly comics series for Morning Magazine, one of the top seinen manga publications in Japan. Page 4.
Manga Sutra (Futari H) Volume 1
Read a review of Manga Sutra (Futari H) Volume 1, an adult manga series by Katsu Aki from TokyoPop. Newlyweds Makoto and Yura discover that they're both virgins, and they've both got a lot to learn about the fine art of getting it on.
KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Manga +...
Read a review of KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Manga + Video Games, an exhibit of of Japanese anime, manga and video presented by the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Japan Society Gallery in New York City. Anime, manga and video game bloggers Evan Minto and Scott VonSchilling took in the show, and came back with this tag-tea review.
Future Diary Volume 1
Read a review of Future Diary Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Sakae Esuno from TokyoPop. Yukiteru is a quiet, somewhat antisocial high school student who'd rather sit on the sidelines observing people than actually connecting with them in any way. But his obsession with texting to his cell phone diary plays a key part in a high stakes game of cosmic and deadly proportions.
Kobato. Volumes 1 & 2
Read a review of Kobato. Volumes 1 & 2, a josei series by CLAMP from Yen Press. Hanato Kobato is the new girl in town, and she's here on a mission: she must heal broken hearts so that she too can get her dearest wish granted.
Del Rey Manga Publisher Profile
A division of U.S. publishing giant Random House working in partnership with Kodansha, Del Rey Manga publishes English-language editions of Japanese manga. See more information about this company, plus a list of their bestselling titles.
Osamu Tezuka Manga Artist Profile
Considered by many to be the father of modern manga, Dr. Osamu Tezuka created numerous memorable characters and stories in his 43-year career in Japanese comics. Read about his life, his most notable creations and accomplishments.
Zombie-Loan Manga Profile and Story Summary
Michiru is a shy high school girl, with a very special gift: She can see rings around a person's neck that indicates their imminent death. While this ability frightens her, Michiru soon meets two handsome and mysterious classmates who not only understand her ability, they find it very useful to pay off their supernatural debt. Read a description of Zombie-Loan, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about the creators of the Zombie-Loan manga, Peach Pit.
With The Light Volume 1
Based on the true-life experiences of parents raising autistic children, With The Light (Hikari to Tomoni) tells the story of Sachiko, a young mother and her struggles to understand autism and her autistic son, Hikaru. Read a review of With The Light Volume 1, a josei manga graphic novel by Keiko Tobe from Yen Press.
Interview: Felipe Smith - Page 5
Read an interview with American/Jamaican/Argentinean manga creator Felipe Smith, the artist and author of Peepo Choo and MBQ. Smith has the rare distinction of being one of the first American comics creators to produce a monthly comics series for Morning Magazine, one of the top seinen manga publications in Japan. Page 5.
JManga Publisher Profile
Profile of online manga publishing company JManga. Includes address, web site, editorial focus, and popular current titles.
Naoki Urasawa's Monster
The recipient of the Osamu Tezuka Award and nominated for an Eisner Award, Naoki Urasawa's Monster is one of the most acclaimed mystery manga by one of Japan's most popular artists. Read a description of the series and learn more about its creator.
Wandering Son Volume 1
Read a review of Wandering Son Volume 1, a seinen manga series by Shimura Takako from Fantagraphics Books. Shuichi Nitori and Yoshino Takatsuki find that they have something in common: they're transgendered tweens on the cusp of puberty, and their lives are about to get really complicated.
NYAF '10: Gay for You? Yaoi and Yuri Manga for...
Author and librarian Robin Brenner gathered a group of manga bloggers, experts and readers for the Gay for You? Yaoi and Yuri Manga for GBLTQ Readers panel at New York Anime Festival 2010. Christopher Butcher, Scott Robins, Alex Woolfson, Leyla Aker and Erica Friedman discussed the issues about boys love and girls love manga for gay readers, why readers in Japan and the U.S. view these stories differently and provided a recommended reading list.
E - Everyone / A - All Ages Content Rating
: Equivalent to a “G” movie rating, the “E – Everyone” or “A- All Ages” rating means that the comic is
Yaoi-Con Convention Profile
Profile of Yaoi-Con, a yaoi / boys love anime and manga convention held annually in the San Francisco Bay Area. Includes information about dates, schedule of events, special guests and travel tips.
Manga Gift Books Guide
Find gift-worthy art books and deluxe editions that manga readers will love. From lavishly illustrated guides to the manga and anime legends like Osamu Tezuka and Satoshi Kon, to wonderful one-shots that can introduce even novices to the joys of manga.
Michael Gombos' Top 9 Manga
As Director of Asian Licensing for Dark Horse, Michael Gombos reads lots and lots of manga and manhwa to find the next big thing. But given the choice, what did he pick for the manga he most enjoys reading and re-reading? See his choices for the best manga worth reading, including GANTZ, Hellsing and Sekitou Erejii in Michael Gombos' Top 9 Manga List.
Black Jack Manga Profile and Story Summary
Read a description of the Black Jack, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Osamu Tezuka. Black Jack is a rogue doctor who can perform medical miracles, for a price. No operation is too outrageous, no affliction too dire for Black Jack to find a cure for whatever injustice ails them.
Interview: Keiko Takemiya
Legendary artist, author and educator Keiko Takemiya has been creating and innovating in the world of manga for over 40 years. Read our interview and discover Takemiya-sensei's take on being a female artist in the Seventies, her role in the creation and evolution of boys love / yaoi manga, and her feelings about the new anime version of To Terra released in 2007.
Tekkon Kinkreet: Black and White
In Tekkon Kinkreet, a boldly original and touching graphic novel by Taiyo Matsumoto, two orphans named Black and White battle for their place in a city ruled by gangsters and hoodlums. In the process, they discover the meaning of good and evil, but in a way that neither expect. Read a review of this surreal and memorable seinen graphic novel published by VIZ Media / Shogakukan that inspired the animated film from Sony Pictures.
Making a Living in Manga: Part 3
Do many would-be manga artists have the skills to pay the bills? That is, are they creating publication-ready, professional quality work? Do they have the business and marketing smarts to sell themselves and their work? I posed this question to comics professionals, publishers, creators and pundits, and got some interesting responses on Twitter. See what comics creators like Adam Warren, and Jamie Lynn Lano had to say in this lively online discussion.
Q&A with Yoshitaka Amano - Page 2
Read a Q&A session with legendary character designer, artist and illustrator Yoshitaka Amano from New York Anime Festival 2008. Find out why the artist behind Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D loves American superhero comics, how he straddles the worlds of fine art, video games and manga and his creative strategies that has made him one of the most successful illustrators in Japan. Page 2.
Interview: Adam Warren - Part 1
Read an interview with comics creator Adam Warren, the creator of Empowered and artist for the English Dirty Pair stories. To mark the arrival of Empowered Volume 7, Warren talks about his manga influences, and where he's taking his super heroine with the not-so-sturdy supersuit next.
Josei Manga - Ladies Comics
: Literally translates as "comics for women" or specifically, for female readers between the ages of
House of Five Leaves Volume 1
Read a review of House of Five Leaves Volume 1, a seinen manga series by Natsume Ono from VIZ Signature / VIZ Media. Akitsu Masanosuke is an unemployed samurai who's timid to be an effective bodyguard, but too proud to take any work that he considers to be beneath him. But he may regret this decision after he's hired by a band of outlaws.
Blood Honey
Read a review of Blood Honey, a yaoi manga one-shot by Sakyou Yozakura from BLU Manga / TokyoPop. Akabane is a nurse who just happens to be descended from vampires. Mayuzumi is a blood donor who enjoys giving blood so much, he actually gets turned on by it. Naturally, their complementary fetishes bring these two unlikely souls together for some bloodletting and blood-getting.
A Distant Neighborhood Volumes 1 & 2
Read a review of A Distant Neighborhood Volumes 1 & 2, a seinen manga series by Jiro Taniguchi from Fanfare - Ponent Mon. Middle-aged salaryman finds himself mysteriously transported back in time to live his life as a 14-year old boy once more, with all of his adult memories and knowledge intact. Can he or should he change the past?
Comics & Anime Conventions - October - December...
What’s more fun than reading manga? Going to an anime, manga or comics convention! Our calendar listing features anime, manga and comics conventions in the U.S., Japan and Europe, with dates, locations, events, web sites and links to photo galleries. Page 4.
Interview: Jason Hoffs
Read an interview with Jason Hoffs, Head of Productions at VIZ Productions, as he talks about the upcoming live action feature film based on Bleach by Tite Kubo, now in production at Warner Brothers.
Bunny Drop Volume 1
Read a review of Bunny Drop Volume 1, a josei manga series by Yumi Unita from Yen Press. 30-year old bachelor Daikichi goes to his grandfather's funeral only to discover that the now deceased patriarch fathered a 6-year old daughter. When the rest of the family argues about the fate of little Rin, Daikichi takes her in before he really realizes what he's just taken on.
Tired of Waiting For Love
Read a review of Tired of Waiting for Love, a yaoi manga series by Aida Saki and Yugi Yamada from Digital Manga Guild / Digital Manga Publishing. Former yakuza gangster Kyousuke Sawaragi spent five years in jail on drug-related charges. Now that he's out, he wants to stay out of trouble. But trouble somehow finds him, as he runs into his former cellmate Shuuya.
Interview: Erica Friedman
Read our interview with yuri manga (girls love) expert and publisher Erica Friedman and find out her favorite Japanese yuri manga stories where the girl gets the girl. Also, learn more about the origins of yuri manga and YuriCon, America's only convention dedicated to girls love manga and anime.
Interview: Moto Hagio
Read an interview with Japanese manga creator Moto Hagio, the artist and author of A Drunken Dream and Other Stories. Over her 40 year career as a comic creator, Hagio has created numerous dark, deep and memorable manga stories, ranging from gender-bending sci-fi and epic tragedies touching upon taboos like incest and fratricide, to touching family dramas and a humorous tale about a cat who wants to be human.
Interview: Benjamin – Part 1
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PULP Manga Anthology Magazine Profile
Profile of PULP, a monthly manga anthology magazine, published in the U.S. by Viz Media. Includes information about manga series featured, regular columns and its editorial direction.
Honey and Clover Manga Profile and Story Summary
Read a description of Honey and Clover, a shojo / josei manga romantic comedy series about art college students, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Chica Umino.
Hetalia: Axis Powers Volume 1
Read a review of Hetalia: Axis Powers Volume 1, a yonkoma manga series by Hidekaz Himaruya from TokyoPop. Oh history… so dull and boring – that is, until you re-imagine the various nations of the world as very cute boys with country-specific personality quirks. Take a look at the Axis Powers of WWII: Germany's a hard-ass, Japan is shy, and Italy is a pasta-loving buffoon.
Sakura-Con Anime Convention Profile
Profile of Sakura-Con, an anime and manga convention held annually in Seattle, Washington. Includes information about dates, location, special guests and events.
Interview: Madeleine Rosca
With the latest volume of her award-winning global manga series due in the stores, we interviewed Madeleine Rosca , the artist, author and creator of Hollow Fields. In our conversation, we talked about what inspired her to create her steampunk adventure story and the low-down on what it's like to be a manga artist from Down Under.
FanimeCon Anime Convention Profile
Profile of FanimeCon, an anime and manga convention held annually in San Jose, California. Includes information about dates, location, special guests and events.
Interview: Svetlana Chmakova
About.com Manga interviewed Svetlana Chmakova at the 2007 New York Anime Festival, as Dramacon Volume 3 was released and her next series, Night School was announced. With so much accomplished and so much on the horizon for this global manga creator, we spoke with Chmakova about Dramacon, her favorite manga and her plans for her next series, Night School.
Higurashi: When They Cry Volume 1
Read a review of Higurashi: When They Cry Volume 1, a horror manga series by Ryukishi07 and Karin Suzuragi from Yen Press. Keiichi Maebara is the new kid in town, and he's already made lots of friends. But high school hi-jinks aside, there's something sinister simmering just below the surface, and Keiichi is starting to suspect that his newfound friends are hiding a horrifying secret from him.
Interview: Keiko Takemiya - Page 2
Legendary artist, author and educator Keiko Takemiya has been creating and innovating in the world of manga for over 40 years. Read our interview and discover Takemiya-sensei's take on being a female artist in the Seventies, her role in the creation and evolution of boys love / yaoi manga, and her feelings about the new anime version of To Terra released in 2007. Page 2.
Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning Manga Profile...
Title: Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning (English) Supairaru: Suiri no Kizuna (Japanese) Author and Artist:
Hollow Fields Volume 1
Read a review of Hollow Fields Volume 1, an original English language manga series by Madeleine Rosca from Seven Seas Manga. When Lucy Stone accidentally enrolls at Hollow Fields, an elite private boarding school, she doesn't realize that the free tuition comes with a catch, and that failing grades have a whole new meaning (and consequences) here.
New Engineering by Yuichi Yokoyama
New Engineering by Yuichi Yokoyama featured in KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Manga + Video Games. Page 6.
Interview: Jason Thompson - Page 5
As editor for Dragon Ball, One Piece and Shonen Jump magazine, Jason Thompson spent the better part of the last decade in the center of the manga universe. With his new book, Manga: The Complete Guide, Thompson shares his insights about the wide world of manga. Read our interview with Thompson and get his take on where manga's been, where it's at now and where it's going from here. Page 5.
Maximum Ride Volume 1
Maximum Ride is a pretty teen who must deal with bigger problems than prom dates and exams: She has wings
Comics & Anime Conventions - July - September...
What’s more fun than reading manga? Going to an anime, manga or comics convention! Our calendar listing features anime, manga and comics conventions in the U.S., Japan and Europe, with dates, locations, events, web sites and links to photo galleries. Page 3.
Voices of Love
Read a review of Voices of Love, a sexually explicit collection of josei manga short stories by Kanae Hazuki from LuvLuv Press / Aurora Publishing. Mika's a 25-year old school teacher. Her neighbor Naokazu is not only keeping her up at night with his noisy ways, he turns up one day in her classroom as one of her students. What happens when the sparks fly between this unlikely pair?
Takehiko Inoue Mural Painting Photo Gallery
Takehiko Inoue, Japanese manga artist and creator of Slam Dunk and Real came to New York to paint a special mural featuring characters from his seinen manga series, Vagabond. See photos of Takehiko Inoue's mural painting event and reception at Books Kinokuniya's new Bryant Park branch in New York City in November 2007.
Aurora Publishing Publisher Profile
Founded: 2006 (Stopped publishing in North America in 2010) Official Web Sites: http://www.aurora-publishing.com
Biomega Volume 1
Read a review of Biomega Volume 1, a seinen manga series by Tsutomu Nihei from VIZ Signature / VIZ Media. In the year 3005 A.D., a mysterious virus has infected a city's inhabitants, transforming most of them into mutant zombies. Humanity's last hope may depend on Zoichi Kanoe, a lone warrior on a motorcycle and a young girl who is has an unusual reaction to the virus.
Vampire Knight Volume 1
Yuki Cross goes to a very unusual school. The elite Cross Academy has two groups of students: The human day school students and the night school students who are vampires. Read a review of Volume 1 of this vampire shojo manga series by Matsuri Hino from Shojo Beat / VIZ Media.
Dramacon Manga Profile and Story Summary
Read a description of Dramacon, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Svetlana Chmakova. Aspiring manga writer Christie finds new friends, new heartaches and possibly a boyfriend and a new career at an anime convention in Dramacon, a original English language (OEL) shojo manga series.
Interview: Erica Friedman - Page 2
Read our interview with yuri manga (girls love) expert and publisher Erica Friedman and find out her favorite Japanese yuri manga stories where the girl gets the girl. Also, learn more about the origins of yuri manga and YuriCon, America's only convention dedicated to girls love manga and anime. Page 2.
Digital Manga Publishing Publisher Profile
Read a profile of Digital Manga Publishing, a print and digital manga publishing company based in Gardena, California. Includes address, web site, editorial focus, and popular current titles.
ADV Manga Publisher Profile
ADV Manga primarily publishes shonen and shojo manga titles related to ADV Films' anime DVD releases, including Azumanga Daioh. Find out more about this Houston-based purveyor of all things anime.
Y - Youth Age 10+ Content Rating
: Equivalent to a "PG" movie rating, the "Y –Youth, Age 10+" rating indicate that there may be a low

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