Buying in bulk

It’s not really a follow-up to the last post, but I ended up doing some comparison shopping this evening. We were up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh at a spot where there’s a Borders basically across the street from a Barnes & Noble. The Borders has had a larger manga section for a while now, and a better selection in general, but I ended up doing all of my shopping across the street. Either B&N had gotten recent releases earlier or had shelved them faster. It was probably the latter.

(The whole area was unusually quiet, which makes me want to always go up on a Friday afternoon instead of the usual Saturday trips. Of course, the weather was awful, so that might have kept people away. There were next to no squatters in evidence, except for one twenty-something in the café at Borders reading a big stack of Shonen Jump titles.)

I also noticed that whoever is picking the licenses for Viz’s Shojo Beat line is doing a really good job. Given my tastes, there are usually a fair number of titles I like, but their current roster of books include a lot of titles I think are just plain good by any comics standard. So… um… good work.

Oh, and lots of people are weighing in on where they shop over at Comics Should Be Good, so go take a look.

2 Responses to Buying in bulk

  1. I’ve had the same thought about Viz’s recent Shojo Beat acquisitions. Honey and Clover and Sand Chronicles have gotten the most attention from the mangasphere, but I’ve also been pleasantly surprised by Monkey High! and Love*Com, both of which feature the kind of protagonists that my high-school self would have identified with. I also enjoyed some of the SB tie-in books and DVDs as well; the Nana movie is an excellent, faithful adaptation of the manga, and the Kamikaze Girls novel is an entertaining read until the very final pages.

  2. jun says:

    I also agree about Shojo Beat. There’ve been a lot of new series that I’ve started recently or will soon – Honey and Clover, Sand Chronicles, Love*Com, High School Debut, NANA, Skip Beat!… And now it seems they’ve got Bokura ga Ita, too, which I’m very happy about.

    Now, if only they’d pick up 7SEEDS and Cat Street, I’d be happy. 🙂

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