Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Manga, Collecting

Comic book-loving librarians should refer to their beloved medium as anime and/or manga.  Doing so will cause your library colleagues to suddenly recognize your interest as a legitimate genre and give you lots of money to build a collection at your library.  If this doesn't work,  you can always return to your strategy of drawing half-naked, doe-eyed Japanese girl samurais and posting them in your cubicle.

11 comments:

jimmythegeek said...

Even better is to get your teens talking about it, and getting their input on which series/titles to carry. Then you can go to your Director/Board and give concrete evidence that there is interest in the genre.

But the references of manga/anime can't hurt either!

Nyssa said...

Bishounens pics

Lord of the Eeple said...

Not even. Anime is animation. Movies. Not books. Manga are comic books of a particular style; not all comic books are manga.

shushie said...

Anime and manga are different and should be recognized as so, but I would like to ask my comic book lovin' colleagues to stop correcting someone every 5 seconds when they pronounce manga as "MAINGA" and not the proper "MONGA." Yes, I am impressed by your knowledge, but you're giving that teen you're helping a complex!

Anonymous said...

I love that, as usual, the manga-loving librarians took this post way too seriously.

Lord of the Eeple said...

I hate manga and love other comic books. Even if I did like manga, saying that 'Watchmen' or 'Maus' is a manga would be demented.

Anonymous said...

How would calling Watchmen or Maus manga be demented? You're still calling a comic book a comic book. Manga is just a comic, and a comic is a manga. You're just using a different word from a different language.

Anonymous said...

aaaahhhhh! But under no circumstances are Maus or Watchmen "comic books"!

Anonymous said...

Better yet, ask for a budget for graphic novels and wait for the pause..."Well, HOW graphic?" LOL

Anonymous said...

And the comment on graphic got stuck in the filter here. LOL squared!

Anonymous said...

Whoa, some people have cubicles?! It's the bullpen for us.