ADV Manga column strikes Internet nerve
I'M NOT usually one to toot our own horns in this space, but a recent "Drawn & Quartered" column written by Wilma and me has gotten quite a bit of attention on the Internet.
We figured that manga fans would be upset about ADV Manga's inconsistent release schedule over the past few years. Heck, we're frustrated ourselves, which is why we wrote a column focusing on some of the promising series that were cut short. (If you missed it, check it out online at starbulletin.com/2006/06/11/features/story03.html.)
But doing a quick Googling of the search term "Star-Bulletin ADV Manga" reveals just how deep the venom goes. Anime on DVD, Ain't It Cool News, AnimeNation, Newsarama and MangaBlog are among the sites that have linked to the column, and Anime on DVD's forum has been quite animated on the topic. The newest MangaBlogCast, posted at community.livejournal.com/mangacast, also provides some audio thoughts.
About the only entity not heard from in the past few weeks: ADV Manga itself. Nary a peep has been heard from the Houston company in defense or affirmation.
But that's OK; there's more in store. Keep watching ...
Free stuff! Really!
Meanwhile, on the local front, there's the matter of the "Cel Shaded" First Anniversary Giveaway, which has garnered an overwhelming response in the two weeks it has run.
Well, OK, I've received all of two entries as of Thursday. Considering Wilma and I were planning to give 10 people free anime and manga from our archives, these people stand to get a lot of stuff right now.
So is there anyone else out there who wants in? All you have to do is tell us in 25 words or less why you love anime and/or manga. The deadline is this Friday, so get moving and e-mail me already! Full contest details are available at starbulletin.com/2006/06/12/features/yadao.html ...
Cel Shaded, a look at the world of Japanese anime and manga, appears every Monday. Reach Jason S. Yadao