Non-Free Comic Books Day

May 3, 2006

ICv2 has upped its estimate of the size of the manga market from last year’s $110 to $140 million to $155 to $180 million. Stupid fad! (Brigid pulls out the highlights and offers insightful commentary over at MangaBlog.)

Those numbers don’t surprise me. Just look at how much I’m shelling out this week.

Dark Horse delivers the third chapter of Eden: It’s an Endless World! (I still think this book has the potential to become this year’s Planetes.)

Del Rey has new volumes of Genshiken and Nodame Cantabile, two quirky books that have really grown on me.

If I had $25 to spare, I’d probably pick up the second volume of Robot from Digital Manga. Stupid gas prices.

Tokyopop hits lucky 13 on Kindaichi Case Files.

Viz rolls out another volume of Death Note. Like Lyle, I’m relieved that a closure point has been announced on this book. It’s delightful, but it’s always on the edge of ridiculous to begin with, and age might not be too kind to it.

Oh, and on the non-manga front, the second issue of the charming Mouse Guard (Archaia Studios) arrives today. If ever a comic deserved to sell out, it’s this one.