Bookshelf Overload: June 2016

After the ridiculousness that was May’s Bookshelf Overload (thanks, TCAF!), the number of manga and other books that I acquired in June seems entirely reasonable. Last month I took advantage of a few good sales combined with gift cards to fill in some gaps in a few of my manga series. As I mentioned previously, Kazuo Umezu’s Drifting Classroom looks like it may be going out of print, so I made a point to complete my set. I also supplemented my recent haul of review copies from Kodansha. As for June’s preorders that I was particularly excited for (and dreading in some ways because they’re so emotionally intense) at the top of the list sits Goodnight Punpun, Omnibus 2 by Inio Asano and Orange, Omnibus 2 by Ichigo Takano. (I’d actually like to post some Random Musings about Orange, but it will probably be a while before I can get around to it.) June was also a good month for me for shoujo science fiction. I discovered Wrecked Hearts by Mathilde Kitteh and Luca Oliveri and imported Moto Hagio’s SF Art Works collection, both of which are great. (As a side note, if you’re interested in Wrecked Hearts and ordering directly from PEOW! Studio in Sweden is difficult, I recently discovered that it can also be ordered from Retrofit Comics in the United States.)

Drifting Classroom, Volumes 9-10 by Kazuo Umezu
Emma, Omnibus 3 by Kaoru Mori
Everyone’s Getting Married, Volume 1 by Izumi Miyazono
Franken Fran, Omnibus 2 by Katsuhisa Kigitsu
Genshiken: Second Season, Volume 7 by Shimoku Kio
Goodnight Punpun, Omnibus 2 by Inio Asano
Inuyashiki, Volume 2 by Hiroya Oku
Kaze Hikaru, Volume 14 by Taeko Watanabe
My Little Monster, Volumes 11-12 by Robico
Noragami: Stray God, Volumes 8-9 by Adachitoka
Orange, Omnibus 2 by Ichigo Takano
Red Red Rock and Other Stories by Seiichi Hayashi
Say I Love You, Volumes 10-11 by Kanae Hazuki
Vagabond, Omnibus 6 by Takehiko Inoue
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Volumes 5-6 by Miki Yoshikawa
Your Lie in April, Volumes 3-4 by Naoshi Arakawa

Elf Cat in Love by James Kochalka
Hellbound Lifestyle by Kaeleigh Forsyth
I.D. by Emma Ríos
New World edited by C. Spike Trotman
Shadoweyes, Volume 1 by Sophie Campbell, colors by Erin Watson
Wrecked Hearts by Mathilde Kitteh and Luca Oliveri

Seconda by Yeehun
SF Art Works by Moto Hagio

Bubishi: The Classic Manual of Combat translated by Patrick McCarthy
Shed & Frontlawn Zine by Graeme McNee, Ryan Cecil Smith, and An Nguyen

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  1. Ah, yes, I got my Shadoweyes recently too. Perhaps you should consider doing something on Kickstarter projects that interest you or something, I like backing things on there. And I know Sparkler Monthly is doing its yearly Kickstarter right now and could probably use getting the word out to help them every little bit.

    • Ash Brown says

      I back so many things on Kickstarter! There are plenty more that I would love to back but depending on my finances any given month I have to pick and choose. I try to mention projects that seem most relevant to Experiments in Manga in the My Week in Manga posts. Maybe I can expand on that some, and start including less-relevant projects that I’m excited about, too. ^_^

      In addition to Sparkler Monthly’s Year 4 Kickstarter, I’m also currently backing:
      *Enough Space For Everyone Else: a science fiction comics/illustration/prose anthology that avoids conquest, imperialism, and war tropes
      *Always Raining Here, Volume 2: the final print volume of webcomic about the evolving relationship between two gay high schoolers (I picked the first book up at TCAF)
      *Elements: Fire: an anthology of comics by creators of color from the same small press behind the Beyond queers comics anthologies

      • AshLynx says

        I would definitely be all for seeing at least comic related Kickstarters mentioned more around here. Yeah, the Licki cat brush would definitely be a bit too far off, but not regular ol’ comics!

        I am currently backing FaLLEN vol 2, I picked up v1 at this past Zenkaikon and I really enjoyed it! And you can pick up both volumes in the Kickstarter too, so I definitely want my vol 2 of that one.
        And I’ve pledged for Sorcery 101, which hasn’t made its goal yet, so that kind of sucks for me.

        • Ash Brown says

          Oh, I’m not familiar with FaLLEN! It looks interesting, so I’ll have to check it out. :) I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up throwing some money at Sorcery 101, too; I keep seeing it mentioned by people I know, but I haven’t actually read any of it myself yet. I’ll make a point to start mentioning more of projects that I find interesting; most of what I back on Kickstarter ends up being comics-related anyway. :)


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