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message 1: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Hi All -

I'm new to the whole graphic novel world - I've only read one graphic novel to date - Ghost World - and am interested in reading more. Specifically more along the lines of Manga graphic books/novels.

Could anyone offer a good place, and titles to start off at reading those kinds (manga) of graphic novels?

Thanks for your help! It's appreciated!


message 2: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Hi, Nicole! I'm a big fan of manga (some may say a tad obsessed) and I think Fruits Basket is a great place to start, especially since it just finished its run so you won’t have to wait ten years for it to unfold. It’s always been one of my favorites.

Why did Fruits Basket appeal to you? Was it the supernatural aspect? The romance?
Just like movies, manga comes in all genres, for all age groups and orientations. If I know a little more of that, then I’ll be less likely to send you off with something you don’t like.

message 3: by Keith (new)

Keith | 4 comments I am a huge fan of Top Shelf, you are bound to find a lot of great graphic novels there. I really don't read Mana though, sorry. If you are looking for a real treat, and since you enjoyed Ghost World, you may enjoy "Local" Oni has it out in a really beautiful hard cover! A great link to check out would be: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/st...

Its an outdated NPR article, but it has some really great reviews and suggestions there.

Lastly, something I always suggest to people just getting into graphic novels is to try out some anthologies. Popgun is a really great one that Image Comics puts out, also there is MySpace/Dark Horse Presents, that comes out digitally via MySpace and eventually is published in graphic format by Dark Horse. Lastly one that I just finished and loved was:

Especially if you are a music lover!

The best part about anthologies is that you get a range of talent and stories and you can take notes on talent you liked / stories you liked and Google around for further works!

Hope this helps!

message 4: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Thanks for the suggestions - everything sounds so interested.

To answer Lauren - what attracted me to Fruits Basket initially was the cover art, it really popped out at me. Once I read what it was about I did like the supernatural aspect of it the most.

From the little research I did I noticed there are different genre's within manga series like romance, horror, etc.. I'm always up for a good horror flick so I'd be interested in that.

I also wanted to ask anyone into manga - I noticed there's manga for girls and for boys? Is there a specific reason why? And what are the differences between them?

To Keith - I am a music lover so I will definitely check that out. And I will definitely check out "Local" since Ghost World does hold a soft spot in my heart! haha

Thanks for all the help.

It's great to know that the graphic novel world isn't just filled with the typical super heroes like superman or bat man like I thought (like I said, I don't know much about the graphic novel world.)


message 5: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Particularly since this can become an expensive little hobby, Keith’s anthology suggestion is a good one. Our public library is also a great resource when “trying on” different series.

I’m very right brain/left brain in that I want great graphics AND great dialogue, as well as a tight storyline in my manga. But I’m a bit eclectic when it comes to genre, so these may not all be your cup of tea:

Vampire Game (Judal) was my first manga and I still love it.

King of Thorn (Yuji Iwahara) has great characters and is a good “Is this the end of the world?” plot.

The Demon Ororon (Hakase Mizuki) has redemption and angst that stuck with me for weeks afterward.

The Wallflower (Tomoko Hayakawa) has an anti-heroine after my own heart and I think it’s hysterical. Very pretty artwork, too!

Sorry for running on here but one last thing about your “boy/girl” manga question: the simple answer is that girl manga is the emotional romantic stuff while boy manga is episodic fighting. But, beyond that, manga is actually broken down into an amazing number of categories that may be overwhelming for you to keep up with. For example, yaoi is romantic boy + boy love but written for women readers, while shōnen-ai is boy + boy love written for male (usually gay) readers. There are sub-genres for lesbians, sexual content for heterosexual adult men and women, and then outright pornography.

I hope this has helped a little! Good luck - Lauren

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