Actually picked up 3 books this week: Crayon Shin-Chan
vol 3, still holding my interest, although there was too much of Dad in this volume (as in when Shin-Chan shows off his "elephant", Dad shows him the "great mammoth"); Astro Boy
vol 12, which just gets more demented and violent with every volume; and Iron Wok Jan
vol 3, which is really holding up, although if Jan doesn't show some redeeming qualities soon I don't know how much more I can take. But I am enjoying finally having a cooking manga—and this volume includes recipes, with a Chinese medicine emphasis to them! I tell you, I would so love to do a cooking comic, if I thought it would sell more than 2 copies.
Also on the manga tip, found a really interesting interview with female creator Rui Hashimoto, who does biographical manga I doubt we'll be seeing here any decade soon. Issues of gender in the manga world are touched on, as well as the current apparently gloomy state of the industry in Japan. (PS, the interview is brief, and I'm interested in her work, but I cannot find anything in english on her other than this very interview. If anyone comes across anything, please let me know!)