With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child

Review by Matthew Nielsen With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child by Keiko Tobe is a manga series about a mother, Sachiko, raising her autistic son, Hikaru, while also exploring the lives and challenges faced by the other family members and their friends. The story is what some would call “edutainment,” […]

The TradeWaiters 47: “Battle Angel Alita” Vol. 1 & 2 by Yukito Kishiro

It today’s episode Jam, Jeff, Jon, and Kaye read the first two volumes of Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro. Join us in the bleak, dystopian future of this nineties manga where robot bodies are cheap but freedom is not. Spoiler alert: one of the Tradewaiters didn’t like this book, […]

The TradeWaiters 41: “Princess Jellyfish” Vol. 2 by Akiko Higashimura

Welcome back for part two of our look at Akiko Higashimura’s Princess Jellyfish. Jam, Jeff, and Jon have a lot to talk about for Volume 2 of this series, including our theories, hopes, and worries about where the story might be headed next. Also there’s an anime of this? But […]

The TradeWaiters 40: “Princess Jellyfish” Vol. 1 by Akiko Higashimura

On today’s episode Jeff, Jam, and Jon dive into the first volume of Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura. This is the first half of a two-part look at the world of the Amars otaku and the gender-bending “stylish” who invades their lives. It’s pretty hard to be compulsively obsessed with […]

Shonen Jump’s Universal Manga Contest

Shonen Jump, the phenomenally popular manga magazine, is recruiting top talent from all over the world to guide Jump into the future! They are currently holding a contest for new manga to be featured in their magazine. Grand prize is ¥1,000,000 and serialization in Shonen Jump (Print or Digital), while […]

Observations on the American Manga Market 1

by Aliena Shoemaker There was a time when the local Borders was the only store in my city that carried manga (Japanese comics) in the trade paper back format. The titles the store carried were limited to a grand total of about five. The titles included had either been readily […]

Anime Evolution 2010

For all you Anime/Manga Fans out there, don’t forget that August will have Anime Evolution 2010. There will be a full Cloudscape booth, and possibly some special events and panels from us. I know Angela Melick, Toren Atkinson, Chloe Chan, and Camilla d’Errico are pretty excited to be going.