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July 23, 2012


Comic-Con Resources Two: Best Of/Worst Of Manga Lists

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One of my favorite panels every year at Comic-Con International is the Best Of/Worst Of Manga presentation. This is where a group of devoted manga readers and critics sit in front of a crowd and talk about comics for as long as their allotted time allows. I like this because a) I enjoy listening to people talk about comics to an audience that wants to hear about them, b) not being immersed in that corner of comics I tend to learn about some work with which I'm unfamiliar and that looks intriguing, c) all of the panelists are usually funny.

It's mostly because of reason "b" that I am happy Deb Aoki made available to me this year's lists for further review and consideration. The panelists this year were Aoki, Brigid Alverson, Chris Butcher, Shaenon Garrity and Carlo Santos.

Best New Manga for Kids/Teens (released between July 2011 - July 2012)
* Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi (Kodansha) -- Chris B., Carlo S.
* Princess Knight by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical) -- Chris B., Carlo S.
* A Devil and Her Love Song by Miyoshi Tomori (VIZ Media) -- Deb, Brigid
* Jiu Jiu -- Brigid A.
* NonNonBa by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly) -- Shanenon (also selected for grown-ups by Chris, Deb)

Best New Manga for Grown-ups (released between July 2011 - July 2012)
* Sakuran by Moyocco Anno (Vertical) -- Brigid (also picked as most anticipated by Chris B. and Shaenon)
* Message to Adolf by Osamu Tezuka, (Vertical) -- Shaenon (also selected as most anticipated by Carlo)
* Various Titles by Natsume Ono (VIZ Media) -- Chris B.
* Durarara!! By Ryohgo Narita, characters by Suzuhito Yasuda, art by Akiyo Satorigi (Yen Press) -- Carlo
* The Drops of God by Tadashi Agi and Shu Okimoto (Vertical) -- Chris B., Deb

Best Continuing Manga Series for Kids/Teens (has had at least one new volume released in the past year)
* Wandering Son by Shimura Takako (Fantagraphics) -- Shaenon
* Cross Game by Mitsuru Adachi (VIZ Media) -- Chris B., Deb (also selected as manga you should read by Shaenon)
* Chi's Sweet Home by Konami Kanata (Vertical) -- Chris B., Deb
* Blue Exorcist (VIZ Media) -- Deb, Carlo
* Arisa by Natsumi Ando (Kodansha) -- Brigid

Best Continuing Manga Series for Grown-ups (has had at least one new volume released in the past year)
* A Bride's Story by Kaoru Mori (Yen Press) -- Shaenon, Deb
* 20th Century Boys by Naoki Urasawa (VIZ Media) -- Chris B. Carlo S.
* No. 5 by Taiyo Matsumoto (iPad only) -- Chris B.
* Dorohedoro by Q Hayashida (VIZ Media) -- Deb
* Saturn Apartments by Hisae Iwaoka (VIZ Media) -- Brigid

Worst manga of 2012
* none -- Shaenon
* none -- Chris
* My Girlfriend's a Geek by Pentabu and Rize Shinba (Yen Press) -- Deb
* Is This a Zombie? By Shinichi Kimura, art by Sacchi, characters by Kobuichi Muririn (Yen Press) -- Carlo
* Kobato by CLAMP (Yen Press) -- Brigid

Manga You're Most Looking Forward to Reading (due to be published between August 2012 - 2013)
* Heart of Thomas by Moto Hagio (Fantagraphics) -- Shaenon, Deb
* Kitaro by Shigeru Mizuki (D&Q) -- Chris B., Deb
* Strange Tale of Panorama Island by Edogawa Rampo and Maruo Suehiro (Last Gasp) -- Deb
* Thermae Roma by Mari Yamazaki (Yen Press) -- Deb, Brigid
* Barbara by Osamu Tezuka (Digital Manga) -- Deb
* Message to Adolf by Osamu Tezuka -- Carlo (also selected as best new for grown-ups by Shaenon)

Manga You'd Most Like to See Published in US (never been published or licensed by a US publisher)
* Atagoul by Hiroshi Masumura -- Shaenon
* Sunny by Taiyo Matsumoto -- Chris B.
* Chihayafuru by Yuki Suetsugu -- Deb
* We are the Beatles (Boku wa Beatles) by Tetsuo Fujii and Kaiji Kawaguchi -- Carlo
* Futa ga Shira by Natsume Ono -- Brigid

BONUS ROUND (if we have time): Under-appreciated Gem / Manga You Should Be Reading
* Cross Game by Mitsuru Adachi -- Shaenon (also picked as best for kids/teens by Deb, Chris)
* To All Corners of the World by Fumiyo Kouno (JManga) -- Deb
* Kitchen Princess by Miyuki Kobayashi and Natsumi Andō (Kodansha) -- Carlo S.
* Breathe Deeply by Doton Yamaki (One Peace Books) -- Brigid

* Makeshift Miracle: The Girl from Nowhere by Jim Zub and Shun Hong Chan (Udon) -- Chris B.
* Random Veus by Jeffrey Chamba Cruz (Udon) -- Chris B.
* Sengoku Basara: Samurai Legends by Yak Haibara (Udon) -- Chris B.
* Captain Commando by Kenkou Tabuchi and Kotomi Tobashi (Udon) -- Chris B.
 
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