New Reviews: Gente, Maoh: Juvenile Remix, and A Journey to the Center of the Earth

Gente Volume 1
Gente by Natsume Ono

I managed to squeeze out three reviews for Suite101 over the past week (well, week and a half, I posted the first one last Wednesday): Gente volume 1 by Natsume Ono, Maoh: Juvenile Remix volume 2 by Megumi Osuga and Kotaro Osaka, and a graphic novel adaptation of Jules Verne’s A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Lewis Helfand and Vinod Kumar.

I didn’t like Gente as much as I liked the manga it’s connected to, Ristorante Paradiso. It didn’t have a continuous story running through it, which isn’t necessary, but in this case it became pretty boring. Maoh also had a problem with capturing my attention – the main character just isn’t doing anything, so hopefully that changes in the next volume (but seriously, 3 volumes to get a main character to make an impression on the plot?)

A Journey to the Center of the EarthI got A Journey to the Center of the Earth from Campfire, a graphic novel publisher that’s actually based in India! The comics have always been in English, but they’re publishing them stateside now through Random House. Someone from the company read one of my graphic novel reviews and contacted me personally. He tried to get Random House to send me some review copies, but something went wrong and it just wasn’t happening. But instead of forgetting about it, he sent me a couple of books himself! It was really great. I still have a copy of their Frankenstein graphic novel to review, and one of Campfire’s authors sent me an email asking if I would like some of his books, so maybe I’ll be getting those soon.

I also finished a review for a shojo manga, which will be posted on! It should be up on September 1st, I think. I’m very excited about having my stuff posted on another site, so hopefully it continues to work out.

New Reviews: Itazura na Kiss, Welcome to Tranquility & Bakuman!

Bakuman Volume 1 © VIZ Media

This week I’ve managed to get three reviews completed: Itazura na Kiss from Digital Manga, Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave from Wildstorm, and Bakuman from VIZ Media. InK was a fun shojo manga – it reminded me of stuff like Marmalade Boy, which I love. Welcome to Tranquility was an interesting concept; I’ve never read the original comics, and I kind of want to, but not enough to buy them. Bakuman was what I’ve really been looking forward to: it’s a manga bout creating manga, and it’s just the kind of coming-of-age story that I love. That said, it had some serious

Itazura na Kiss
Itazura na Kiss

problems with sexism that I’m having a hard time getting over–read my review to see what I mean.

I also wrote a news article on Tokyopop putting its Hetalia: Axis Power manga for sale as a digital book on Zinio before the print version comes out. It’s really nice to see a manga company taking a big step with this, and hopefully it works out for them so we can see more manga for digital sale. I won’t read it, since I hate reading manga on the computer, but maybe it will shut some other fans up.

It seems that Suite101 has altered some of its editorial policies. I’ve only skimmed them, but it seems I’ll be able to use first person now when it’s appropriate, and also be able to inject some opinion into my articles. This extra bit of freedom is welcome, as it’s hard to twist my words to avoid first/second person but also still have my writing be interesting. Still going to try not to use it too much, though.

I got another comic from DC to review, but that’s got to wait in line with Gente and Maoh vol. 2. I should also be getting some manga in the mail from another website that I’ll be reviewing for, so that is a long list of things to do o__o I’ve been neglecting some of my creative stuff lately, but I’ll be on mini-vacation this weekend away from the Internet so I’ll try to concentrate on it there. I’ve still got about half of Becky to go through for edits, and I need to finish typing Jordan into the computer. Not to mention all the work I want to do on Speaksong before I start at Lesley….