Why, why, WHY?

Okay, this is clearly just a pet peeve of mine, and I should just accept it as a matter of course and move on, but that’s never been my best event.

So why is it worth Publishers Weekly Comics Week’s notice that Marvel’s The Road to Civil War has spent two months at the bottom of its best-seller list, but it’s not noteworthy that three volumes of popular manga series (Fruits Basket 16, Fullmetal Alchemist 12, and Naruto 13) have managed the same feat, and at higher sales ranks than Road on their May and June charts? In light of the ongoing discussion of the commercial viability of comics for girls, they might also have pointed out that for the past two months two of the top five slots on the lists have been occupied by shôjo manga. Admittedly, there’s not a whole lot left to be said about the commercial success of Fruits Basket any more than there is regarding Naruto’s, though you’d think that subsequent placements of first and third place might earn it a sentence or two of narrative.

One Response to Why, why, WHY?

  1. Huff says:

    Well, you pretty much said it yourself: they’ve already wrote about how “chix and kids buy lots of manga” for the last two years. Why bother pointing it out when Naruto and Fruits Basket are on the sales chart every single month of the year?

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