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Need a Manga Fix? Try a Bento

OEL creators unite for a new manga site. Hey, that rhymes.


Okay, this is pretty cool: a group of former TOKYOPOP OEL creators, including DramaCon/Night School creator Svetlana Chmakova, The Dreaming's Queenie Chan (who also drew the Dean Koontz manga In Odd We Trust), TOKYOPOP Rising Star of Manga's Lanny Liu, and quite a few others (many of whom also have homes at WirePop), have all joined forces to start their own manga-reading site called Bento Comics (via Deb Aoki).

At the site you can read manga from the creators, but for those of you who favor print or want a re-read, there's a pretty neat option: you can actually compile the stories you like best into a custom anthology. You get to pick from a set of covers, then you pull together the stories (you must end up between 32 and 740 pages total), and it'll give you a price and you can buy the book direct from Lulu, so you can have those pages in print. Kinda cool.

As for the titles themselves, there are a bunch-- 17 total --most of which are short stories of around 10 pages each. If you want a rec on what to read there, Queenie Chan's horror short Ten Years Ago Today is pretty cool, and  Dan Hess's Nekoshima is adorable.     
 
What say you?
lanaswifton April 1, 2010 at 11:50 a.m.
Dan Hess is freakin' awesome. I love his art.

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Original English Language (or "OEL") is a term used to refer usually to manga that are created by western, English-speaking creators.

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