Just a few links...

*Oh Jesus sleep.

*Much more has come out regarding Tokyopop and their new distribution deal, as well as their focus on original and licensed property-based longform comics material in the digest format. If you ask me, the most intriguing part of this story is the whole 'comics based on young adult novels' aspect, which ties in quite neatly with Tokyopop's desire for secure properties to build a financial base upon, and might provide an interesting area for 'licensed' comics to make a strong expansion into (though they're not exactly pioneers, given the Hardy Boys books Lea Hernandez has worked on right off the top of my head) - certainly Tokyopop now has more muscle behind it than most. Also notable is the entirely free and easy use of the term 'manga' with no concern for the finer points of national origin; ah, the increasing generalization of a successful marketing term! As much as I'd love everyone to talk in terms of individual artistic inspirations (because, as I'm sure you all know, Osamu Tezuka, Suehiro Maruo, CLAMP, and Taiyo Matsumoto don't all work in the same visual style), the world needs that handy buzzword.

*Bookmarks Dept: Teddy Kristiansen, of House of Secrets, It’s a Bird!, and that excellent issue of Solo (#8), has just started a new blog. Currently it features art from his upcoming French graphic novel Red Diary, though material pertaining to other work is planned. Give it a look.