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Monday, October 04, 2004
More Reasons to Hate Manga, and My Day At Work
--So, remember how last week I listed a bunch of manga titles that were supposed to ship in September, but hadn't. I also made mention that with my luck they'll all end up shipping the first week of October.
Well, only about half of them are shipping this week...so I wasn't far off.
--Something I maybe should have clarified in this morning's post, is that we really don't see a lot of cross-over in our store between the manga buyers and the buyers of "everything else." And we've got an actual "full-line" store, with a very diverse selection and customers with many and varied tastes. But manga buyers don't seem interested in anything but manga, and people who don't already read manga don't seem too keen on picking any up. The one exception to that rule would be the "New Mainstream" companies (Oni, AIT, some of Dark Horse, some of Vertigo, potentially IDW), and that's probably due to the format of the books vaguely resembling manga books and that the genres covered thematically resemble the stuff the customer is already buying in manga.
--Somebody asked me for a book that was as violent as the current Dark Horse Conan series, only with art that "isn't as cartoony."
So I suggested Groo, because I'm a jerk.
--So, Kid Chris and I were talking at work today, while he was checking back-issues and I was doing inventory, about the potential off-spring of Power Man and Iron Fist. We decided that when the kid grew up, he or she would fight crime under the name "Power Fist." Because a super-hero named "Iron Man" would just be silly.