Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Giveaway Winner and other odds and ends

Like the new look?  I was finally able to get around to that redesign, thanks to a Secret Santa gift from fellow D2Brigade forum member Distrotion.  He's available at Distro's Random Blog.

Secondly, it's time to announce the winner of the 12 REVIEWS OF CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY!  Everybody's answer was neat, but through a highly scientific and mysterious process I have determined the winner to be ....*drumroll*....JARED WALSKE!

There's been plenty of good manga put you this year, but for me, the best was the four volumes of 20th Century Boys put out by Viz. I'm a really big fan of Naoki Urasawa's work and I'm quiet happy that Viz has been publishing his more recent series in English. These volumes were what I expect from the series: great art and layout, tight writing, and plenty of suspense and mystery. My only complaint is that I have to wait a few more months for the last couple volumes.
I also want to give kudos to Verticle for putting Paradise Kiss back into print, since it's great and should be print.
 Jared, send me an email at to make your selections and give me an address where to send them.

This month has been a busy one for me both on and off the blog, and I'm so glad that so many of your enjoyed the reviews.  Considering it is the holidays and that I've posted a lot of reviews this month, I will be taking a well earned blogging vacation until January.  I may post another review before month's end, but I make no guarantees. 

So what does 2013 hold for The Manga Test Drive?  Well, I've got plenty of reviews waiting to be posted.  I may also have some more features to come, particularly those to cover the increasingly plentiful digital releases.  Beyond that?  Well, the only way to find out is to keep reading.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to you all!

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