Archive for the ‘Manga’ Category

And it’s empty…

Manga & Wine... Yum.

…Just like my dreams of ever reading all these books.

Yes, each shelf is stacked TWO ROWS DEEP. Yes, there are FOUR MORE shelves just like this one.*

In all seriousness, I will finish every one of them… As soon as my clones arrive.

*Yes, CCW*TV Blog Readers– I really did listen to you… ALL of you!

MANGA, MANGA EVERYWHERE

Close up of the latest Detroit Metal City cover

Manga books are normally released every Tuesday– just like music. They arrive in mainstream bookstores and Anime/Manga stores on Tuesdays. Comic book stores can often gets these volumes EARLIER than the other outlets… and occasionally a week late. So depending on what store you haunt– the books may have arrived last Tuesday of Wednesday or next Tuesday and Wednesday. Call in advance, save gas! (Pull Lists are also a great idea– where available.) Some books may also be new prints (2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.) of books already released.

This will be a REGULAR FEATURE at the SAYL Blog… As releases warrant. The bulk of NEW MANGA RELEASES come out TWICE a MONTH– with out few stragglers released during the “in-between” weeks. When there is only a few books– those will be noted in the MY PULL LIST Weekly Feature. I am also including a short list of some of next week’s Manga releases as well!

NEW MANGA

ARATA THE LEGEND VOLUME 3 GN
AX VOLUME 1: COLLECTION OF ALTERNATIVE MANGA GN


DETROIT METAL CITY VOLUME 6 GN
DOGS VOLUME 4 GN
HAYATE COMBAT BUTLER VOLUME 16 GN
LEGEND OF ZELDA VOL 10 GN
LIBRARY WARS VOLUME 2 GN


MEGA MAN MEGAMIX VOLUME 2 GN
MEGA MAN ZX VOLUME 2 GN
PANIC X PANIC VOLUME 2 GN
PEEPO CHOO VOLUME 2 GN

PINK INNOCENT VOLUME 2 GN
RASETSU VOLUME 6 GN
RIN-NE VOLUME 4 GN
ROCKET GIRLS SC NOVEL
SAND CHRONICLES VOLUME 9 GN
SUZUKA VOLUME 13/14/15 GN

TEGAMI BACHI VOLUME 3 GN
TORIKO VOLUME 2 GN
VENT VOLUME 1 GN

LATE ADDITIONS:

From this week’s Regular Release List:

Berserk Volume 34 GN
Ghost in the Shell Kodansha Volume 2 GN (2nd Printing)
Inu Yasha Volume 52 GN
Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Volume 11 GN
Vampire Hunter D: Readers Guide

~My OPEN LETTER to the GOD of MANGA~

Dear God of Manga,

I know I haven’t written you in while and you might be feeling a little neglected. I’m sorry about that… But I really want to thank you for any influence you may have had in nudging Dark Horse Comics into RESUMING printing of their unfinished Manga series “Eden, It’s An Endless World” and “MPD-Psycho”.

I don’t mind telling you MG, I would have been exceptionally pissed off– if I ever got around to reading these books– to discover that Dark Horse had just lamely quit publishing the damn things. Especially since I had to pay some seller in New Zealand a fairly significant price just to send me ONE VOLUME of the out of print “Eden” editions… And had to navigate through all sorts of hoops to fill other extremely hard to find, out-of-print holes in the series.

Do you think Dark Horse had to stop publishing them because they had used up their yearly allotment of trees for all the Star Wars prequels, sequels, in-between-els that they needlessly print?

Anyway, Dark Horse says that they are going to keep publishing “Eden” and “MPD-Psycho” as long as the public supports the titles. That would be really cool– especially since they have already released the first 12 of the entire 18 volumes in the Eden series and 9 of the 14 available volumes in the MPD-Psycho storyline. I really think Dark Horse should now reprint several of the hard to find volumes in these series too… So completists can get in on the action from the beginning and enjoy the stories too. If they don’t reprint these out of print books, aren’t they just wounding their efforts to renew interest in these series right from the beginning of their relaunch?

The people running Dark Horse are pretty smart… They need to understand that we– as regular, loyal customers– want to finish reading these Manga series in their entirety. So if interest in these new books start to wane– I hope that– at the very least– they’ll step up and release a couple of big Omnibus collections to finish off these titles.

I know you’ll do what you can great God of Manga. Publisher’s need to know that when several books in a completed series have already been printed like this– many consumers want to read them all… Just like they would want all the seasons of Battlestar Galactica to be released on DVD or Blu Ray. Could you imagine the uproar if the studios only released 1/2 of every Television series on discs… Leaving you to “go fish” for the other episodes? Same goes for partial Manga releases. Don’t start printing the books in an already completed series if you think you might not finish.

That would just suck!

All the Best,

Insideman

Here’s some of the great stuff we would have missed seeing to completion:

(Thanks to CCW*TV’s Jose Melendez for the tip!)

MANGA, MANGA EVERYWHERE

THIS WEEK: Silver Diamond Volume 7

Manga books are normally released every Tuesday– just like music. They arrive in mainstream bookstores and Anime/Manga stores on Tuesdays. Comic book stores can often gets these volumes EARLIER than the other outlets… and occasionally a week late. So depending on what store you haunt– the books may have arrived last Tuesday of Wednesday or next Tuesday and Wednesday. Call in advance, save gas! (Pull Lists are also a great idea– where available.) Some books may also be new prints (2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.) of books already released.

This will be a REGULAR FEATURE at the SAYL Blog… As releases warrant. The bulk of NEW MANGA RELEASES come out TWICE a MONTH– with out few stragglers released during the “in-between” weeks. When there is only a few books– those will be noted in the MY PULL LIST Weekly Feature. I am also including a short list of some of next week’s Manga releases as well!

NEW MANGA
Air Gear, Vol #15-17, Omnibus
Alice in the Country of Hearts Vol #4
Apollo’s Song Part 1
Apollo’s Song Part 2
Chibi Vampire Airmail Vol #1
Chi’s Sweet Home Vol #2
Dreaming Collection 1-3
Elemental Gelade Vol #12
Future Diary Vol #7
Happy Cafe Vol #4
Karakuri Odette Vol #4
Kyo Kara Maoh Vol #7
Mad Love Chase Vol #4
Negima! Magister Negi Magi Neo Vol #6
Neon Genesis Evangelion Campus Apocalypse Vol #1
Oh My Goddess! Vol #15 (2nd Print)
Panic X Panic Vol #2
Pink Innocent Vol #2
Portrait of M & N Vol #3
Ratman Vol #2
Silver Diamond Vol #7
Suzuka Vol #13-15 Omnibus
Vampire Hunter D Vol #15 (Prose)
Witch of Artemis Vol #1

NEXT WEEK’S MANGA
9.7.10

Bleach Vol #32
Gantz Vol #12
Ghost Talkers Daydream Vol #4
Nancy Drew Vol #21
Negima Neo Vol #6

NEXT WEEK: Gantz Volume #12

Tell me this kitty doesn’t have  a soul.

I DARE YOU

Be kind to animals.

They may cook your RAMEN one day!

Neko Ramen Kitty

THEY REALLY DO!

This fine young woman obviously loves her Manga.

From what we can see, she apparently has good taste too.

Now THIS is what we call Fan Service!

Thanks to the Neko Ramen Kitty for the last-minute save!

I would also like to thank the One-Handed Poster for submitting the photo of this avid Manga reader!

We are always happy to spread the word that women really DO read and support Manga!

If you have a young woman of legal age (just like this Manga aficionado)– who loves to read Manga or any other type of comics– snap a pic and we’ll post it here!

You wouldn't think this would be hard to find... But IT IS.

I couldn’t find this book. Hardly anywhere.

And if I did, I sure as hell couldn’t buy it for cover price. I have detailed this sad phenomenon in two posts now: MANGA PUBLISHERS– Why Do You H☠TE Me? and Comic Book Retailers – Update Your F****** Websites! It seems like all of the Manga publishers really don’t care about– or don’t care to cater to– the completists (like me) in their audience. To be clear, I don’t mind an occasional book hunt (in fact, sometimes it’s fun)– but I really do not want to hunt to fill holes in every frickin’ Manga title I decide to collect.

Yet, I usually have to.

Run from the Borders!

Case in point: Tokyopop’s Future Diary series. Volume 6 just came out, OK? But try to find Volume 2. This Manga title oddly seems to follow the old comic collector paradigm– as #2 seems the rarest volume so far.

Which is why I was so delighted to find that the Borders Bookstore located down the street from me had one in stock. Note to the wise: The “Check for Store Availability” links on mainstream bookseller’s websites are often a big boon to the collector of hard-to-find books… Especially if you have friends in other cities or states and can con them into picking up a copy for you and sending it in the mail. Put your Zip Code (or a friend’s Zip Code) into one of these website search boxes and BOOM– you might be able to save yourself from overpaying $20 to $30 USD (or more) for a scarce Manga title.

Luckily (or so I thought), I didn’t have to do that this time. Once I found someone to go over there and getting the book for me– I’d be all set. My friend nicely offered (around 5 pm in BIG CITY traffic no less). I felt double fortunate.

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES

Possibly my new Best Friend (Unfortunately, I mean the Magnifying Glass)

About 20  minutes later she called from her cell phone. Seems she bought the book (I was having it held for me at the front desk) and when the clerk finally handed it to her– she realized it was not in acceptable condition. You may have read this in another one of my posts before but I am going to write it again: I do not care how much of a discount a mainstream bookstore, comic shop or website gives me on a book. If I buy it NEW– I expect the tome to be in new, Near-Mint to Mint condition. I’m not going to pull out a magnifying glass or anything when I buy it– but the damn thing better look– and be– right.

Seems my rep had preceded me– as my friend knew that I was very condition conscious. She told me that the book looked like it had been opened and read several times. The line where the cover was “scored” (so it will bend back easily at the spine) was WHITE– even though the cover itself was BLACK. This meant 2 things: #1 the book was severely manhandled and #2 the book had been carelessly read so many times, the black ink had fallen off the score line. That’s a lot of reading.

I apologized for her wasted time and gas and asked her to return the book.

WHAT PISSED ME OFF MOST OF ALL

Has Alfred E.Neuman taken over Borders?

My friend later told me that when she handed the book back to the clerk– asking to return it for a refund due to its’ poor condition… The clerk just looked at the book, rolled his eyes a little, sighed and said, “Okay.”

No “Gee whiz, I’m sorry the book is in such bad shape! Let me see if I can find you another one.” Just a resigned sigh that, once again, another customer had him selling a less-than-new product.

Barnes & Noble, Bookstar and Borders– This is what happens when you turn your bookstores into libraries!

You provide comfortable seating in all kinds of places throughout your store and you never stop your customers from reading your books from start to finish. Often these people will read a few chapters and then come back the next day to read a few more… And will continue this pattern until they have finished a whole novel. I’ve even seen people reading while they are eating a sloppy tuna sandwich that they’ve just pulled out of a paper sack. These folks are obviously enjoying a free read on their lunch break! Mom’s bring three or four kids into your stores and they all pick out a book to read– but rarely buy anything.

And you have the audacity to blame Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPad for your flagging quarterly profit reports?!

You then add your own insult to your own injuries by selling coffee and chocolate eclairs too!

All the while allowing your customers to read, read, read. Have you ever bought a book from one of these stores and gotten home to see a big chocolate smear inside– on one of the pages of your supposedly new book? I have actually seen customers doing this horrendous act while they read a book in a Barnes & Noble. No shame, no remorse. They just flipped the page and kept on reading.

Good God Almighty! They damn well better be glad that I haven’t ever paid for and brought one of these sullied atrocities into my home. I’d race back to that bookstore and return that damn thing so violently it would take an amazing proctologist to retrieve my return!*

But I wouldn’t feel bad. I doubt my hijinks wouldn’t stop them from selling that rescued copy either.

Guess what DOESN'T mix with a NEW BOOK?

*Many thanks to Jose Melendez at the CCW*TV Blog for reminding me of my hatred of people who eat and read for free in bookstores a couple of weeks ago.