PR: YAOI PRESS FAN CONVENTION
Reported by Michael Aronson

Phoenix, AZ, July 9, 2007 – Yaoi Press, the leading publisher of manga influenced yaoi graphic novels, announces Yaoi Jamboree, a new fan convention to run June 20 - 22 in Phoenix Arizona. “We were eager to see more bl themed conventions start up,” says Yaoi Press Publisher, Yamila Abraham. “The staff for two Phoenix area anime conventions approached us about starting one. Once we saw we had competent people to operate the show it was an easy decision...
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Hoshin Engi v2
Reviewed by Michael Aronson

“Taikobo continues to look for survivors – and to hunt down Dakki, the Sennin who murdered his family. But as he delves deeper into the Hoshin Project, he learns how little he really knows about his mission. What is his true destiny? He may find out sooner than he thinks.” I don’t know whether it’s the terrible character designs or the bland personalities, but Hoshin Engi strikes me as a distinctly amateur effort. It’s not that the art is bad...
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Tsubasa v3
Reviewed by Michael Aronson

“Accompanied by the happy-go-lucky Fai, the intense Kurogane, and the strikingly odd creature Mokona Modoki, Sakura and Syaoran make their way into a new universe where a traveling magician has suddenly become frighteningly powerful and is terrorizing an entire town. Only a few independent-minded stragglers remain to battle for control of their own lives. Fai, the lone magician in the group, traded his magical powers to the dimension witch, xxxHOLiC’s...
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PR: BLEACH COMES TO WII AND DS
Reported by Michael Aronson

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON (July 6, 2007) – SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced that Bleach™: Shattered Blade will be available on the Wii™ home video game system from Nintendo and Bleach™: The Blade of Fate on the Nintendo DS™ portable handheld system. Based on the hit animated series, Bleach™ offers relentless action and dazzling swordplay with crisp, highly-stylized graphics that deliver an authentic anime experience. The games...
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Monster v8
Reviewed by Michael Aronson

“Tenma is hot on Johan’s trail and he’s more determined than ever. Now in top physical condition and armed with a high-performance sniper rifle, has Tenma acquired the keen hunter’s edge necessary to bag his prey? Or will his physician’s instincts prevent him from carrying out his dreaded task?” As the above text suggests, Tenma is gradually subverting his own values for the sake of bringing Johan’s trail of terror to an end. At the same time,...
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Iron Wok Jan v25
Reviewed by Michael Aronson

“The ostrich competition is on! But Jan is in big trouble this time . . . every time he gets near one of the ostriches, they run for their lives! Jan’s bloodthirsty nature drives their adrenaline up, making for very poor ostrich meat . . . but never fear, for Jan has a trusted ally! He’s small, cute, golden and he just might help Jan win this competition!” Do you get sick of repetition? Do you get sick of repetition? If you answered yes to either...
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VOICES FROM ON HIGH: ART IN YOUR MANGA PROPOSAL
Written by Steven & Megumi Cummings

In Voices From On High #3 Paul talked about getting your pitch ready and getting it noticed from a writer’s standpoint. He used the original Pantheon High pitch as an example. Now it’s my turn to tell you how I took Paul’s words and ideas and put together a pretty enough package to get our sample into the right editor’s hands. Fortunately for me that was pretty simple. I just put together a knock-out pair of pages that were of publishable quality...
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PR: FIVE NEW TITLES FROM GO! COMI
Reported by Michael Aronson

Go! Comi announced five major new manga licenses at its Anime Expo industry panel this weekend. Chief among these is KAMISAMA KAZOKU, the story of a high school student struggling to have an ordinary life and to romance the girl of his dreams, with one major problem: his interfering parents are gods! This shonen series is based on the highly popular anime from Toei, which aired last year in Japan. The other four licenses are: A WISE MAN SLEEPS,...
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Tsubasa v2
Reviewed by Michael Aronson

Ah, so it’s really an action series. Damn. It’s not that I have a bias against action. Done well, as in Vagabond or Akira, it can be spectacular. But more often than not, long-winded manga series that indulge in the action genre get bogged down in an endless string of battles. Tsubasa’s not there yet, but most of volume two is a string of fights, utilizing the elemental-creature “kudan” each character possesses, to unleash explosive techniques...
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Love*Com v1
Reviewed by Michael Aronson

“Risa Koizumi is the tallest girl in class, and the last thing she wants is the humiliation of standing next to Atsushi Ôtani, the shortest guy. Fate and the whole school have other ideas, and the two find themselves cast as the unwilling stars of a bizarre romantic comedy. Rather than bow to the inevitable, Risa and Ôtani join forces to pursue their true objects of affection. But will their budding friendship become something more complex?” This...
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Shojo Beat v3 #7: “Princess Knight”
Reviewed by Penny Kenny

Shojo Beat is not on my usual “buy list.” That’s not a comment on its quality, it’s just I usually have something I want more than the latest issue of the popular manga anthology/J-pop culture magazine. But when the contents of the July issue were announced back in May, I immediately marked the date it was due on shelves in red on my calendar. If you’ve read the heading of this review you already know it wasn’t the concluding chapter of “Yume...
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PR: AUTHOR MEG CABOT DEBUTS MANGA
Reported by Michael Aronson

Since joining Avalon High, life for Ellie has been far from dull. She’s doing great at school, she’s a star of the track team – and, she’s also dating the super-hot, class president, Will. However, Will is no ordinary eighteen-year-old…but, in fact, the reincarnation of King Arthur. Ellie finds it hard to believe that her boyfriend is REALLY a reincarnated king – and Will is struggling too. BUT their doubts threaten an age of enlightenment – the...
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10 July 2007
PR: YAOI PRESS FAN CONVENTION
Hoshin Engi v2

9 July 2007
Tsubasa v3

8 July 2007
PR: BLEACH COMES TO WII AND DS
Monster v8




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