This small stats blurb from last Sunday's Boston Globe interested me.
Assuming that these stats are reliable, four of the top-selling comic collections in New England that week were manga. The only Western comic was one that is tied to a recent multi-million dollar feature film.
Admittedly, I know jack all about the publishing industry and sales stats. But as a comics reader and customer, I'm inclined to yell "Preach it" for Dirk Deppey's commentary on the purchasing appeal of manga versus Western comics. When I heard good things about Antique Bakery and Paradise Kiss, I looked up Volume 1 in the bookshop and started reading. When the X-Men film came out and a friend asked me where to begin reading the X-books, I was completely stymied. What was the correct order? Which were the bad writers to avoid? Which stories required reading other Marvel stories to understand? I still don't know the answer to this question.
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