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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.
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.
This week sees the return of "Sword of Dracula" to comic shops, this time in full color from Digital Webbing. CBR's Tony Salvaggio sat down with SOD creator Jason Henderson for an indepth, behind the scenes chat about the series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?