Erica Friedman recently published a terrific article in Transformative Works and Culture, an online, peer-reviewed journal focusing on “popular media, fan communities, and transformative works.” Titled “On defining yuri,” Friedman’s essay explores the history of yuri manga, the etymology of the term yuri, and a brief comparison between the Western and Japanese understanding of what “yuri” means. It’s a crisply written, well researched piece that deserves a wide readership.
And while you’re at it, you should also check out Friedman’s review of Galette, a new “mook” featuring stories by some of Japan’s best-known yuri creators. She praises the quality of the artwork — just look at the gorgeous cover! — while expressing her disappointment that the lion’s share of stories fall into “the well-worn, comfortable groove of schoolgirl narrative.” And while none of the stories in this debut issue “gets lift-off velocity,” Friedman is optimistic that future issues will reveal the creators’ bolder, more adventurous side.
MANGA, ANIME, AND JAPANESE POP CULTURAL NEWS
Kodansha has just made it easy for you to support a worthy cause while enjoying Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail at a steep discount. From now until July 4th, readers can pay what they want to access digital copies of this long-running series. Depending on the size of your contribution, your bundle could include volumes 1-45, plus an assortment of spin-off manga and novels all set in the Fairy Tail universe. Best of all, proceeds benefit the ACLU — or the charity of your choice. [Humble Bundle]
UDON just announced plans to publish Ukyō Kodachi and Tatsuma Ejiri’s Infini-T Force; look for the first volume in September. [Otaku USA]
Having difficulty keeping track of all the Attack on Titan product? Theron Martin and Rebecca Silverman have just the thing for you: a complete guide to Hajime Isayama’s ever-growing line-up of OVAs, light novels, manga, animated series, coloring books, and choose-your-own-adventure titles. [Anime News Network]
Kelly Chiu compiles a list of seven great shonen manga by female creators, from InuYasha to Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches. [B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog]
And speaking of women and shonen, Peter Fobian argues that My Hero Academia succeeds, in part, because its sly feminism. [Anime Feminist]
Teen Vogue names My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness one of the “Best Queer Books to Celebrate Pride 2017.” [Teen Vogue]
Marie Kondo — she of tidying up fame — explains how she discovered manga, and why Osamu Tezuka’s Black Jack is among her favorites. [EW.com]
C.R. Sparrow files a report on the Philadelphia Wizard World Con, held earlier this month. Her report includes a run-down on Artists’ Alley and, of course, plenty of awesome cosplay photos. [Black Girl Nerds]
If the Wonder Woman movie has piqued your interest in the comic books, Matt Morrison has some thoughts about where to begin reading. [No Flying No Tights]
Is there a Watchmen television show in the works? [The Hollywood Reporter]
New York Magazine contributor Abraham Riesman charts the meteoric rise of YA comics in the 2000s. [Vulture]