My name is Claude (on the internet at least.)
By day, I am a mild mannered legal secretary, but by night I am a a pyjamaed crusader!
This was taken on Thursday 26 January, in Minotaur (the shop), in Melbourne Australia.
I’m buying Jennifer Blood #8 and The Boys #62. I am a huge Gareth Ennis fan, I think he’s a fantastic writer, as are Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore and Clamp (I know manga aren’t comics, but I adore them as well). Minotaur is the closest comic store to where I work, but I go to lots of others, to share the love. I love going to comic book stores, but every second time I go I get hassled by guys. The only stores where I haven’t had these issues or seen them happen to others are the ones staffed mainly by women. I used to work in a comic book store, it was the happiest place I’ve ever worked. The friends I made there will be people I love and respect for the rest of my life. There is nothing more attractive than women who read comics (:
Anyway, thanks. For having the site, for posting this (if you do), for being awesome. Keep up the good work, finding you and this page made me feel less alone.
Editor’s Note: Claude! Claude! (Claude is an awesome name, btw, I think it should be an androgynous name from now on.) Why must you break my heart like this? Manga are totally comics, what are you talking about?
I seriously don’t understand why people make that argument. I refuse to accept it. Every reason I’ve heard is either racist, sexist or just plain stupid. Here’s why:
Wikipedia’s definition of a comic is: a magazine made up of comics, narrative artwork in the form of separate panels that represent individual scenes, often accompanied by dialog (usually in word balloons, emblematic of the comic book art form) as well as including brief descriptive prose.
Just what is it about that definition that doesn’t include manga? Especially considering the fact that the word “manga” is the Japanese word for comics, print cartoons, etc. Kind of like how “bande-dessinee” is the French word for comics.
But since Western culture has decided to equivocate the word “manga” with specifically Japanese-produced comics, some people decided to make manga a dirty word because they dislike it. Fine, fine, whatever. “Manga.” Still. Means. Comics.
And if manga aren’t really comics… Well then, why do they sell manga in many comic book shops? Why do they put it next to the graphic novel section in Barnes & Noble? Why does the New York Times have a best-selling manga list in the best-selling graphic novel section every single week? Why am I, as a manga editor, able to get an industry pass to places like Comic-Con International? Why do the Eisner Awards have a category for best international material from Asia? And why have manga been nominated in several other Eisner Award categories? And why did I watch Moto Hagio, who only creates manga, get an Inkpot Award at Comic-Con 2010?
This is why I just can’t get why people say manga aren’t comics. Why? Because they aren’t in color? Oh, PLEASE. There are tons of comics out there that are not in color and there are manga out there that are in color.
The only reason why people say this is they dislike manga and they want other people to feel ashamed for liking it. It’s the same sort of thing as saying “comics aren’t for girls” or “girls shouldn’t like boy things.” It’s bullying, it’s making other people feel bad for being different. And society will only right itself when we realize that just because something is different doesn’t mean that it’s something bad, let alone something that is normal for someone else.
Therefore, saying “manga aren’t comics” is now verboten on this blog.
Sorry, Claude. I totally don’t mean to pick on you or get all rant-y during your post; it’s just this idea gets on my nerves. You’re totally awesome and you know it. :)