Librarians, start your budgets: This morning’s big news is that Viz is once again going to publish Naruto on an accelerated schedule, with 11 volumes due out between February and April 2009. The anime is going to be pushed even harder, with a subtitled version streaming for paid subscribers on Crunchyroll about an hour after airing in Japan; the same episodes will go up for free on several sites a week later. Viz released 12 volumes of Naruto in three months in the fall and winter of 2007, and the results were great—for Viz: Sales of individual volumes of Naruto stayed high, but the more marginal series from other publishers suffered.
Comic Book Resources has a preview up of vol. 2 of Castle Waiting.
I believe that Barack Obama is our first president who reads Spider-Man, or at least the first to admit to it. Newsarama lists some lessons they hope he has learned from Spidey.
Robert Greenberger on The Baby-Sitters Club #4 (ComicMix)
Tangognat on vols. 1, 3, and 4 of Forbidden Dance (Tangognat)
Oyceter on Good As Lily (Sakura of DOOM)
J.L. Bell on Laika at Oz and Ends.
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 1 of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Kuriousity)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Mo and Jo, Jack and the Box, and Stinky (Comics Worth Reading)
Edward Zacharias on vol. 31 of Naruto (Animanga Nation)
Don MacPherson on Token (Eye on Comics)