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posted on May 16, 2011, 10 pm

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psudonym, May 16, 2011, 10 pm

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The_Hankerchief, May 16, 2011, 10 pm

Well, looking through the SmackJeeves directory, it appears to be doing alright.

tRickityHouses, May 16, 2011, 11 pm

Manga should be ok i guess, I like reading them online though...

Sabbath (Guest), May 16, 2011, 11 pm

Most elegant. :)

Fu!, May 17, 2011, 12 am

My local Narnes & Boble has an alright selection. They have all of the Bleach and Naruto published to date (Naruto takes up like two whole shelves!), plus a few other popular series (One Piece, Rurouni Kenshin, Fruits Basket, etc.), and then some I hadn't even heard of before.

I also checked my local comic shop. As expected, they had quite a few more volumes available, though I found their organization a little haphazard.

RandomNinjaGuy, May 17, 2011, 03 pm

Hate the manga section at my Barnes and Nobles
They're missing the volume that I'm on or everything Im reading

Sildraug, May 17, 2011, 05 pm

I find it more annoying that game books (like 40k reference or Exalted stuff) ends up getting shelved in the manga sections in pretty much every non-specialty bookstore (meaning 'not a gaming store') I've been in.

Jaci, May 17, 2011, 10 pm

There are so many bookstores in my area, and they never lack in Manga. Chapters always has a huge selection dedicated to it, as well as a lot of manwha and art books. Theres also two Sakura Medias in the area, so if I need something specific, they have it...
Of course, this is Canada. Not the U.S.

Phantom (Guest), May 17, 2011, 11 pm

If the bookstore I work at is any indication, it's doing ok. We have a lot more of them then comics right now.
Then again its a used bookstore so that might be a bad indicator.

jthmlover8, May 18, 2011, 07 pm

Internet is for...

while the bookstores and media havent caught on yet, Manga thrives throughout america through the simple invention known as 'internet' so i would say YES.

Arelyn, Jun 05, 2011, 04 pm

I'm not quite sure.
But reading online doesn't help. The people who create the manga don't get any kind of profit from manga that is scanned by fans and put online to read for free.
I'm not saying people read all their manga online... but a large chunk of people do.
I read some manga online, just to see if I like it. If I find that I like it, I usually buy it.
And I know most people don't have money to buy manga, but if you request manga at your local library, they will usually get it.
Just because a lot of people LIKE manga doesn't mean that it is doing well money wise.

Thrudd, Jun 08, 2011, 12 pm

Manga and the death of Toyopop

Its more like they are pricing themselves out of the fan-base's market.
Here in Canada a book can go for between $12 and $17 yet your standard paperback goes for a whole lot less. Also the same book is less than U$10 and the U$ is worth less plus the added bonus a chunk of the printing is done here. Then there is the, sometime horridly messed up translations that make the fan made ones look good.
Just admit it - the publishers made the manga boom a cash grab for little in the way of actual cost of production and distribution. The same Manga in Europe sells for less for much smaller print runs.
Truth be told - if the Japanese and Korean Publishers cared at all about the world market they would publish their books themselves and sell either direct online or through reliable channels - chapters / indigo / etc are not reliable (or reader friendly anymore)
/end rant

Dragonbane (Guest), Jun 18, 2011, 12 am

I had a conversation indirectly related to this with a friend a while ago.

I'm unsure of the ratio of manga fans in the west to the east, which would affect the market quite a lot, but I know for a fact that Manga books (all of them!) are much more expensive here than over there.

Plus, Manga itself is still a growing business in the west since more people are discovering it every day.

I think it's doing quite well.


ALSO: To you anti-online manga-scans people: Yes, you are taking profit away from the creators of that manga, but is it that much different from taking the book out from the library? I'm not saying it's right, I'm just saying that you might not realise the similarities to some acitivities we don't look down upon in the slightest.

Kioneslayer, Oct 06, 2011, 11 am

Healthy

I think Manga is actually neither doing good or bad in the us. =/ Because of the economy crisis, sales for them must have dropped, causing a large US company to go backrupt. So now, a major publishing company is out, taking some good titles with it, leaving some US buyers to try and find them in English print from canada, mexico or even england (though that isn't doing too well since the pound is much higher then the US dollar)

P= though if the economy stablized, I'm sure they'd be doing very well.

Kai the Comic Maker, Jan 06, 2012, 10 am

Holy crap I would say so. I mean, I've read them online, see them in libraries, my school even has how to draw manga books... I'd say it's doing fine.

Yangyexin, Feb 24, 2012, 12 pm

That painting is stunning.

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