Writing & Editing

CBLDFPM CVRCBLDF Presents Manga: Introduction, Challenges, and Best Practices
Edited by Melinda Beasi

Summary: “Made possible with a grant from the Gaiman Foundation, CBLDF Presents Manga is a handbook designed to provide a concise and informed overview of manga—its history, genres, and issues. This educational work delves into the history of manga, its major demographic divisions, its most significant creators, and the challenges it has sometimes faced in North America.

What sets this book apart from other manga guides is its expert panel of writers, including not only scholars of the medium but veterans of the manga industry itself—professionals who have worked from both the North American and Japanese sides of manga in publishing, editing, review, and library services. Edited by Melinda Beasi of Manga Bookshelf, CBLDF Presents Manga is written by Manga Bookshelf columnist Sean Gaffney, Ed Chavez of Vertical, Erica Friedman of Yuricon and ALC Publishing, Shaenon Garrity of Viz Media and Otaku USA, and Robin Brenner and Katherine Dacey of School Library Journal.”

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Available: December 4, 2013


“… no matter which camp you fall into—newbie or seasoned otaku—you’ll find something of interest in the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund [CBLDF]’s latest project, Manga: Introduction, Challenges, and Best Practices. This comprehensive guide features over 100 pages of detailed, relevant information on the history and cultural context of manga, genres and sub-genres, and the ebb and flow of the manga industry in both Japan and North America … In addition, it’s friendly, entertaining, easy to read, and sure to increase any reader’s manga library. Recommended.”
Amanda Vail, Otaku USA

Yuri1English Title: Yuri Sensei Is In A Good Mood Today As Well
Japanese Title: 由利先生は今日も上機嫌 (Yuria Sensei wa Kyou mo Joukigen)

By Keiko Kinoshita

Volumes: 2 (with sequel, A Lovely Day with Yuri Sensei)
Pages: 190 per volume
Rated Mature (18+)

Translation: Aaron Gratton | Editing/Adaptation: Melinda Beasi | Lettering: Morgan Hart

Summary: Young editor Muguruma has his hands full with high-maintenance mystery writer Yuri, whose outrageous demands and reluctance to meet deadlines have become infamous at Sogendo Publishing. But even patient Muguruma is not prepared for the confusion he feels when bad-tempered Yuri tries to woo him. Do his feelings for Yuri run deeper than simple respect and admiration? Set in post-occupation Japan, this meandering love story is as moody and charming as Yuri-sensei himself.

Available at: eManga, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble


“Kinoshita specializes in real-life, understated characters, people with shortcomings like those you meet in everyday life. To me, that’s quite a huge draw. She also has a sensibility that appeals strongly to me…of the possibility of real love in a flawed world. The feelings in her stories creep up on me and slowly fill me with quiet happiness … The translation, editing, and typesetting are handled with expertise and style … Their work was impressive and thoroughly enjoyable.”

(Sequel) “… I just couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. In addition, the adapters use a lively variety of language that spices up the story and makes it more fun to read … this volume has it all—fun plot, memorable characters, and a beautiful (?) love story. It’s even better than the original. Kudos again for Purple Prose Killers—they live up to their name by using real, living, fun language to tell a delightful story.”
Barbara, Amazon customer reviews

“I like Keiko Kinoshita more and more with every book I read by her, and I think the Yuri-sensei books are my favorite yet … It’s got the same stuff as a usual BL one-shot, but because it’s Kinoshita, it’s just better … It simply does everything right, and is exactly what I love to read when I pick up a BL book. It’s a shame there’s no print edition available, I would re-buy it in a second.”
Connie, Slightly Biased Manga

“A unique and bitter-sweet tale … This is by far one of Digital Manga Guild’s best e-book offerings – with an excellent translation/editorial/lettering from the team Purple Prose Killer and is highly recommended for readers who look for touching, believable character interaction and exquisitely drawn artwork in their yaoi (it’s 18+.) I would so love to own this – and its sequel – in a printed version as well (Big Hint to DMG!)”
Sakami-chan, Amazon UK customer reviews

“I am an avid fan of Keiko Kinoshita. Her light, airy style always makes me think of watercolors for some reason. Her stories almost always have depth as well, not just characters doing the horizontal mambo in between mindless fillers. That’s why I am so thrilled DMG is releasing so many of her titles. Set after the War, this is a period piece that seems to wonderfully capture the essence of both the time and people. In regards to the localization, I think the group responsible for this work did an outstanding job … I will be sure to look for more of their titles.”

(Sequel) “After reading “Yuri-sensei is in a Good Mood Today as Well,” I dove right into this sequel. I wasn’t disappointed. Everything I raved about the first book still stands. Did I mention how much I adore Keiko Kinoshita’s art?? The localizers did another fantastic job … Both this title and the first volume are worth the money. Buy them and enjoy!”
The PinkBook Pirate, Amazon customer reviews

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Yuri Sensei Is In A Good Mood Today As Well – Yuri Sensei To Itoshiki Hibi © Keiko Kinoshita. Original Japanese edition published in 2009 by Taiyoh Tosho Publishing, Co., Ltd.

Gentle1English Title: Your Gentle Hand
Japanese Title: 君の優しい手 (Kimi no Yashashii Te)

By Noriko Yamauchi

Volumes: 2
Pages: 150 per volume
Rated 13+

Translation: Leighann Harvey | Editing/Adaptation: Melinda Beasi | Lettering: Morgan Hart

Summary: Following a tragic childhood accident, Mitsuki Etou gained the power to read the thoughts of others using only the touch of her right hand. For most of her life, this gift has been a curse, granting her unwelcome access to the dark truths behind people’s smiles. But when a chance meeting with a troubled co-worker throws Mitsuki into the middle of a murder plot, she can’t just let tragedy unfold on its own. Can Mitsuki intervene without revealing her secret?

Available at: eManga, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble


Your Gentle Hand‘s mature tone, art style, plotlines and concept make it a rather entertaining series. This digital publication is worth a look, and maybe even worthy of a physical print run.”
Ian Wolf, MYMDownload full review

“Even though story plots are relatively straight-forward and simple, Yamauchi manages to throw in a decent twist that keeps everything from being too predictable. This is coming from an avid Law and Order: SVU watcher. If I’m not able to guess the culprit from a few pages in, I’m pleasantly surprised … Overall, Your Gentle Hand makes for a decent beach novel read, especially the first volume. The characters are likable and the crimes twisty enough to keep you guessing.”
Z, Engendered Dilemma

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Your Gentle Hand – Kimi no Yashashii Te © Noriko Yamauchi. Original Japanese edition published in 2010. Digital contents under license from ShusuishaORIGINAL.

Other titles: Career Gate (Syuko Nishimura), What? Sensei (Nayuna Sakurano), Sugar Baby (Mizuho Mizugaki)

Writing Samples
Personalizing Feminism in Basara
This is a personally-framed essay on feminism in Yumi Tamura’s epic high fantasy series Basara, how it relates to the series’ politics as a whole and to my visceral identity as a feminist. This article was created as part of a week-long celebration of Yumi Tamura’s work.

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Apple censors still targeting LGBTQ content?
This article discusses apparent inconsistencies in Apple’s handling of sexual content in the App Store. In preparation for the article, I interviewed representatives from several manga publishers (requests for comment from Apple were ignored).

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Twilight & the Plight of the Female Fan
A request from The Hooded Utilitarian’s Noah Berlatsky for an article on Twilight inspired this discussion of women in genre fandom and how we’re conditioned to vilify our own.

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Voicing an Opinion: Manga Bookshelf’s Melinda Beasi Talks Canada Customs Case
I discuss criminalization of comics in Canada and how that impacts free expression here at home.

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Make Your Garden Grow
This blog post was written for students at Act Too Studio, to encourage musical immersion as a tool for serious study and to think about what “serious study” really means.

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Staff Stories: Unlocking Nerd Fitness
This was a blog post written in 2012 for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, offering up my personal experience as a long-time nerd struggling to regain physical fitness.

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