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Today is Yaoi Day, the official fujoshi holiday—it's a pun on the date 8-01 in Japanese. Yaoi fans can celebrate with markdowns on new and classic yaoi titles at Digital Manga's eManga site (NSFW), where they are offering 15% off a ton of digital manga until August 4. The manga are available in a variety of different formats, including EPUB files for Kindle, iBooks, and Kobo, as well as downloadable PDFs.

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The Eisner Award nominations are always a good reading list, especially if you're looking for something a little bit different. The manga that get nominated each year tend to be more literary than popular, especially in the traditional manga category, Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia. The Eisner judges have yet to nominate "Naruto" or "Sailor Moon" for the award; as a judge myself last year, I advocated for The Story of Saiunkoku to be included in the Young Adult category, but there were so many other good teen books that it didn't make the final cut. Read More...

There's the good, the great, and then there's the BEST. Welcome to MTV Geek's Best of 2012 -- what we thought were the cream of the crop this year in the world of GEEK!

10. ALICE IN THE COUNTRY OF HEARTS by Quinrose and Soumei Hoshino - This quirky manga goes far beyond its roots in a dating-sim game. Quinrose takes the world of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" as a starting point and fills it with engaging characters, some guileless, some menacing. This was hugely popular when Tokyopop published it a few years back, and Yen Press has picked it up in beautifully designed omnibus volumes that really do the story justice.

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This week's new-manga list is an intriguing mix from a variety of publishers, including a new volume of fan-favorite Sailor Moon, two more literary titles, and some enjoyable light reading.

The headliner for this week is vol. 5 of Sailor Moon, and the description makes it sound a bit Doctor Who-ish:

Chibi-Usa gets sucked into the far reaches of space-time and vanishes! It’s up to Tuxedo Mask to reach her and get her back safely while Sailor Moon and the others must escape Nemesis and the evil clutches of Wiseman and his cronies. But as Tuxedo Mask travels through the space-time storm, he encounters an ominous woman claiming to be his daughter! Who is this strange woman? Is she really Chibi-Usa?!

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2011 was a good year for manga, with some solid shonen and shoujo series making their debut alongside more literary manga aimed at older readers. Here's my hand-picked list of the best manga of 2011, all series that launched either this year or in late 2010.

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By CLAMP

Gate 7 has its flaws, no doubt about it—the story takes a while to get moving, and it's not at all clear what's going on at first. The setup—a student who stumbles into a magical realm and turns out to have the greatest powers of all—is not new. What saves it is CLAMP's graceful art and an intriguing storyline that weaves together past and present, all set in the historic district of old Kyoto. (Extensive endnotes help explain the many historical allusions.) By the end of the first volume, CLAMP has brought the ghosts of the past to life and launched an ambitious story. Read More...

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If you’re even remotely familiar with the webcomics scene, chances are you’ve heard about Kate Beaton. Since launching her web site, Hark! A Vagrant in 2008, Beaton’s hilarious takes on everything from “Nancy Drew” to Aquaman have earned her a healthy following (over half a million unique visitors a month) and work in both The New Yorker and Marvel’s Strange Tales II (her “Kraven goes to the prom” story was one of the high points of the series).

So it’s no surprise that Beaton’s first hardcover collection will be released from Drawn & Quarterly this fall. Featuring material from her popular web site along with brand new strips, the new Hark! A Vagrant collection should expose Beaton to an even wider audience. (A self-published collection, “Never Learn Anything from History,” is available through Topatoco.) Beaton possesses an uncanny ability to skewer stuffy historical figures, great works of literature, and comic book self-seriousness (her surly, chain-smoking Wonder Woman is one of the most vivid depictions of the character in years) while also showcasing her subject’s basic human foibles. Now that she’s joined the home of Adrian Tomine, Daniel Clowes and other indie comix greats, it’s safe to say Beaton’s profile will only rise higher. Which is great news for fans of fat ponies and Nikola Tesla’s swarthy mustache.

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Enough about what we think are the best comics of 2010...what do the comic creators think? MTV Geek asked some of the hottest comic book writers and artists out there for their top three picks of 2010!

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2010 provided us with a diverse and fascinating array of great graphic novels to choose from. A PI with a brain tumor, a person caught between two worlds, a godlike psychopath, Scott Pilgrim, a brave museum curator, and a Dapper Man are among the protagonists on MTV Geek's list of the top graphic novels of the year.

#10: Revolver

Publisher: Vertigo
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Matt Kindt

This impactful narrative of a life caught between two realities -- one of order, the other chaos -- is a stellar follow-up to Kindt's hit "Super Spy."

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The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival was held last Saturday on December 4th at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Williamsburg. The show was not only a celebration of some of the best independent comics talent today, but of the exciting community of artists who live in Williamsburg.

BCGF, an ongoing project by Desert Island, PictureBox and Bill Kartalopoulos, is unique among comic book festivals and conventions in that it’s an invitation-only event. While this methodology is controversial among some people, it also delivers a highly-curated and talent-concentrated show -- a panorama of excellence in comic creation and graphic design at which it was hard to decide what to look at first.

The Festival's co-organizer, Desert Island's Gabe Fowler, described to MTV Geek about the selection process for BCGF:
"This event has become a curated event, which basically means that me and the other two organizers come to the table with long lists of people we wish could be involved as exhibitors. And we basically chip away at that list and are inviting people to rent tables from us. So that makes it a little unorthodox, relative to other comic events which are usually first come first serve. But because our event is small, the demand just exceeded the supply of tables basically so it just led us to the conclusion that it needs to be a curated event just to keep a small but potent room full of stuff. " Read More...

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