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Several big German newspapers’ online editorials published articles on their respective webpages about the Comic Salon. All the reports are in German, so you English folks won’t be able to read them, but they also added some pictures. Don’t expect too much variety, as all three (FAZ, SZ and Spiegel) basically use the same pictures.

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(My desktop PC and notebook both are malfunctioning, which is why I didn’t post this ~ a week earlier. This is how I browsed the net for more than a week! Violet/magenta/pink/fuchsia/whatever lines and a resolution of 640*480! My eyes still hurt!)

Tokyopop‘s December newsletter not only contained information that Kodansha let their license expire, but addressed two more matters. First, the usual list of January releases (I’ll post them once I’m at my university residence again), but more importantly: their new manga licenses for summer 2009.

Before I’ll post their list of new licenses, here are my thoughts on the “cancellation” of Tokyopop‘s titles from Kodansha.

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2009. Already. Well, my awards will contain five categories, will only consider German releases, AND only manga I bought and read! Makes sense doesn’t it?! Therefore the manga pool for the possible winners is a bit small and only focuses on the MANLY releases of the year (or: see topic). Below you can find my decisions.
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Spiegel Online, the online portal of Germany’s leading and Europe’s biggest weekly magazine, recently (at least when I started to write this post) published another article from their reports on German mangaka. However instead of posting a link to one article, I will use the chance to list their other articles as well. All articles are in German, but even if you don’t understand German you can check out the art samples.

I’m personally not a fan of German manga, not because they are German, but rather because their stories lack a certain touch and uniqueness. They often either try to emulate a Japanese setting or “japanize” German settings (might be a reason why no work by a German mangaka was in the Top 20 of Kodansha’s Second Manga Award). I’m not very fond of the art either, it’s mediocre, which is not enough, especially if combined with a boring story. It’s maybe not even the mangaka’s fault but rather the fact that their target group is 14 year old girls and I’m very far from being one ;). Well, enough of my blabbering here’s the list:

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