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Mon, April 2nd, 2007
Tony returns to CALLING MANGA ISLAND, CBR's manga review column. As Tony returns, he looks at two different editions of the wildly popular "Densha Otoko," AKA "Train Man," as well as Dark Horse's first manwha (Korean comics) offering, "Banya: The Explosive Deliver Man."
Thu, October 12th, 2006
- Issue #42
Tony's back with a look at Oh!Great's controversial "Air Gear" from Del Rey, then follows that up by reviewing Chan-Wook Park's acclaimed adaptation "Old Boy" from Dark Horse.
Fri, August 11th, 2006
- Issue #41
Tony's back with a look at manga from the east in Kei Toume's "Kurogane" featuring cyborgs, samurai and supernatural revenge, then travels to the West with Ross Campbell's solid zombie offering "The Abandoned."
Wed, June 21st, 2006
- Issue #40
This week, Tony takes a look at Masaki Segawa's "Basilisk," which fans of the "Ninja Scroll" anime may dig, as well as the OEL Manga "Dogby Walks Alone" by Wes Abbot.
Sat, June 3rd, 2006
- Issue #39
It's old school/new school week on Manga Island and Tony takes a look at the classic '70s series "Wild 7" with it's sometimes brutal violence and the more recent "Ju-On,' which also has its fair share of violence.
Sun, May 21st, 2006
- Issue #38
This week on CALLING MANGA ISLAND, Tony takes you on a tour of comics from the East and the West with "East Coast Rising" from Tokyopop and "Kikaider Code 02" from CMX.
Thu, May 4th, 2006
- Issue #37
This week, Tony Salvaggio sails the seas, namely the "Seven Seas" of Original English Language manga. He looks at two of Seven Seas Publishing's offerings, "Captain Nemo" by Jason De Angelis and by Aldin Viray and "Unearthly" by Ted Naifeh and by Elmer Damaso.
Thu, April 20th, 2006
- Issue #36
Possessed heroes, villains and plenty of undead mayhem dominate this week's CALLING MANGA ISLAND with looks at two bits of horror manga, "Claymore" and "D. Gray-Man."
Thu, March 30th, 2006
- Issue #35
With Spring in the air, Tony decided to check out two more light hearted bits of manga this week. He checks out "Chikyu Misaki" from CMX and "KageTora" from Del Rey Manga.
Fri, March 17th, 2006
- Issue #34
This week, Tony takes a look at Viz's "Golgo 13," a classic icon in the manga, anime and video game worlds with crazy violence so bad, it's good fun! Don't miss this classic from creator Takao Saito.
Thu, March 2nd, 2006
- Issue #33
This week, Tony visits the world of 80s mech action with one of his favorite series; "Armored Trooper Votoms." In addition to reviews of the new graphic novel, Tony sits down with artist Tim Eldred to learn more about the manga.
Fri, February 17th, 2006
- Issue #32
Romance is still in the air on Manga Island as this week Tony takes a look at the Romance manga "School Rumble," "Response" and "A Girl in a Million."
Thu, February 2nd, 2006
- Issue #31
This week Tony takes a look at ADV's "Anne Freaks" (perfect for fans of "CSI" and "24") and the historical fiction "Cantarella" from GoComi, which follows the intrigues of the Borgia family, set in Rome in the 1400s.
Fri, January 20th, 2006
- Issue #30
This week, Tony takes you to an area of the Island populated by tough girls and B movie escapism. Horror and Crime Noir are the order of the day in "Reiko Zombie Shop" and "Hard Boiled Angel."
Thu, January 5th, 2006
- Issue #29
This week, Tony takes a look at two pieces of manga, "Sexy Voice & Robo" and "Her Majesty's Dog. While very different in tone and style, both deal with relationships and romantic entaglements that are the cornerstone of many manga stories.
Thu, December 22nd, 2005
- Issue #28
This week Tony brings you a look at his favorite bits of Original English Language Manga to come out in 2005. Books like "Oz: The Manga," "Steady Beat," "Dramacon," "Catpain Nemo," "Airshell" and "Serenity" all get the nod.
Thu, December 8th, 2005
- Issue #27
Tony begins year two here at CBR with a special column looking at the tons of manga he read this last year. He shares his assesment of the many Manga studios publishing in the last year and what you should be checking out.
Thu, November 24th, 2005
- Issue #26
Celebrating one year at CBR, Tony takes a look at one of his most anticipated pieces of Manga to come out in years, "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure" by Hirohiko Araki. You may know it best from the video game, but now's your chance to get to know the characters even better.
Thu, November 10th, 2005
- Issue #25
Tony returns to Manga Island this week with a look at four different books: "Frontier Line," "Japan," "Apocalypse Meow" and "Eden: It's An Endless World."
Thu, October 27th, 2005
- Issue #24
This week Tony mixes things up and brings you a themed column-- Halloween themed, naturally. Tony starts out by talking with Hans "Hanzo" Steinbach, creator of Tokyopop's "A Midnight Opera." He follows that up with a list of Halloween manga recommendations which includes "Priest," "Death Note," "Spiral" and more.
Thu, October 13th, 2005
- Issue #23
The Halloween season comes early to Manga Island as we bring you the first in a series of interviews with OEL manga creators. Ben Roman teams his original art style with Keith Giffen in Tokyopop's "I Luv Halloween." Ben gives his thoughts on OEL Manga, Halloween and working with Tokyopop.
Thu, September 29th, 2005
- Issue #22
High School is back in session on Manga Island. This time we visit a school where split personaliies and situational comedy abound in the hilarious and racy "Gacha Gacha." Fans of "Boys Be" won't be dissapointed as Hioyuki Tamakoshi brings his fantastic art to Del Rey's manga inprint.
Thu, September 15th, 2005
- Issue #21
Two manga heavyweights team up for a tale of time travel, love, bloodshed, and sacrifice in "King of Wolves" from Dark Horse. What do you get when you combine the art of Kentaro Miura ("Berserk") and the storytelling of Buronson ("Fist of the North Star")? A great one-shot manga for fans of shonen action and historical drama.
Thu, September 1st, 2005
- Issue #20
This week we explore the monolithic cyber-labyrinths below Manga Island with Tsutomo Nihei's "Blame!" Known for his work on the Wolverine "Snikt" comic, Tokyopop now brings us "Blame!" and Nihei's unique style to manga shelves.
Thu, August 18th, 2005
- Issue #19
Harold Sakuishi sends us to rock and roll Japanese high school in "Beck." With realistic guitars,high school drama and comedy, and a patchwork dog thrown into the mix, "Beck" delivers a page turning tale of growing up. Rockers, students, and rocker/students past and present should turn it up to 11 and jam to this week's Calling Manga Island.
Wed, August 3rd, 2005
- Issue #18
The world of Original English Manga will never be the same as Felipe Smith's "MBQ" comes charging on the comics scene, bringing with it a cast of characters for the everyman, a comic artist on the edge and more urban drama and comedy than one volume should contain.
Thu, July 21st, 2005
- Issue #17
Fans of the genre know that the original "Vampire Hunder D" movie ushered in the anime wave of the early 1990s. Now, the original novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi is finally available with art by Yoshitaka Amano. Tony takes a look at the first book in the 13-part series.
Thu, July 7th, 2005
- Issue #16
This week Tony brings a bit of high tension medical drama mixed with tales of revenge and a little sci-fi to Manga Island with Akihito's Yoshitomi's "Ray."
Thu, June 23rd, 2005
- Issue #15
This week Tony takes a look at the classic manga "Grey," which takes readers on a journey to a bleak, apocalyptic future world that sees our hero Grey existing simply to survive and kill. Created by Yoshihsa Tagami, the series features highly detailed that mixes retro and futuristic tech.
Thu, June 9th, 2005
- Issue #14
This week Tony takes a look at the very popular manga "GTO," otherwise known as Great Teacher Onizuka. Created by Tohru Fujisawa, the series takes a humorous look at high school life in Japan, making it perfect summer reading while school's out.
Fri, May 27th, 2005
- Issue #12
Fans of horror comics will enjoy Tony's selection today as he looks at the work of Junji Ito and the horror manga extravaganza "Tomie."
Thu, May 12th, 2005
- Issue #11
With the imminent return of "Star Wars" to theaters, Tony takes a look at another space-opera, "Crusher Joe," the brainchild of "Dirty Pair" creator Takachiho Haruka.
Thu, April 28th, 2005
- Issue #10
This week Tony leaves the Land of the Rising Sun and checks out the American Manga "Van Von Hunter" by Mike Schwark & Ron Kaulfersch from Tokyopop.
Thu, April 14th, 2005
- Issue #9
This week Tony checks in with Tokyopop's "Planetes," a highly recommended bit of manga that's sure to entertain fans of "The Right Stuff," "Apollo 13" or even your average scifi fan.
Thu, March 31st, 2005
- Issue #8
Tony takes a look at "Lupin III: World's Most Wanted," the second series of Lupin manga published by Tokyopop, which is the crudest Lupin series to date from the mind of Monkey Punch.
Thu, March 17th, 2005
- Issue #7
Today Tony takes a look at Digital Manga's "Worst," starring a tough guy anti-hero with hard boiled drama, high school hi-jinks and political intrigue. How can you go wrong with that?
Thu, March 3rd, 2005
- Issue #6
Tony takes a look at the cold war era Manga series "Cyborg 009" by Shotaro Ishinomori and released through Tokyopop. Seeing as how this series began publication in 1963, "Cyborg 009" provides a different look at Manga compared to more contemporary product.
Thu, February 17th, 2005
- Issue #5
Tony takes a look at the classic hardcore action manga series "Fist of the North Star." But, with the publisher of the series currently on hiatus, what does it mean for fans of the manga?
Thu, February 3rd, 2005
- Issue #4
This week Tony takes a look at the funny side of Manga with Eiji Nonaka's hillarious "Cromartie High School." "Cromartie High School" follows an honor roll student named Takashi Kamiyama who's enrolled in one of the worst high schools in Tokyo.
Thu, January 20th, 2005
- Issue #3
Your manga education continues this week as Tony takes a look at two works, "Goku: Midnight Eye" and "Kakuto," by one of the Masters of Modern Manga, Buichi Terasawa.