Monday, April 30, 2007


While Googling Shiriagari Kotobuki, I discovered that Ohio State University's manga collection contains about forty of Shiriagari's manga. So if you have access to the OSU library, you can look at these -- or nearly ten thousand other Japanese-language manga. They're non-circulating, but they do have some circulating Japanese-language manga: for instance, a number of volumes from Tezuka's 400-volume (!) collected works.

I may have to make a trip to Columbus one of these days.

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Saturday, April 07, 2007


The French-language comics website du9 has put up an English translation of its review of Shiriagari's Hako-Bune (via Journalista).

Also via Journalista, Bart Beaty's savage and funny review of Shigeru Mizuki's NonNonBa, which won the Best Album prize at this year's Angouleme. Sample quote: "Mizuki's work literally sucked the life right out of me." Beaty has said highly positive things about other manga (the fifth paragraph in "Report #1"), so it's not like he's prejudiced against manga in general. (For what it's worth, what I've seen of NonNonBa's art didn't appeal to me either.)

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Sunday, April 01, 2007


I was up in the Chicago area a few days ago, and I learned that the Sanseidoh bookstore, in the Mitsuwa shopping center in Arlington Heights, will be relocating to another part of the shopping center and expanding massively. When this process is finished (scheduled for mid-May), it will occupy the Asahiya bookstore's former space, plus the small space immediately to the left of the supermarket entrance which it occupied when it first moved in. Needless to say, I'm excited.

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