To support this week’s Cross Game Manga Moveable Feast, Ed and I spoke with Derik Badman, MMF host at the Panelists blog.
The latest Manga Out Loud podcast opens by talking to Derik about some of his background and history with comics. (The scanlation that he and I both love is Yokohama Shopping Trip (Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou).) We then talk about baseball comics, the French comic market, Richmond’s local baseball teams, the other works of Mitsuru Adachi, and Strange Sports Stories (check out the covers!).
Around the 24:30 mark, we welcome Brian Ruh, another Cross Game fan, for another half-hour of more in-depth discussion specific to the series, including talking about whether or not you should be a baseball fan to appreciate baseball manga; how much shojo there is in this shonen title; and Adachi’s in-jokes. I really enjoyed this conversation, because it showed me new things to appreciate about the Cross Game series. Thanks, Brian and Derik!