One of the things I like about Twitter, aside from the genial conversation with lots of other comics nerds and, truly, nerds of every variety, is the ability to linkblog quickly without having to go to the effort of composing an entire blog post to point out something interesting when all I’d basically be saying is, “This is interesting.” And since recent tweets are right there in the sidebar, it’s just like linkblogging but much, much lazier! It’s like it was designed just for me!
This is only marginally related to the fact that I’m doing my weekly linkblog of something I’ve written, this week’s Flipped over at The Comics Reporter. And yes, I was almost too lazy to linkblog to myself.
This week’s Flipped started with a visit to one of those excellent comic shops that demonstrates a healthy appreciation for manga. It got me thinking about what qualities add up to making a comic shop great for manga fans. It’s fairly easy to find all of the shônen and shôjo one could want at a chain bookstore, so it always behooves a specialty store to go beyond that and offer something different.
Instead of looking at the underlying qualities and philosophies that make a comic shop a great manga shop, I decided to go the lazy route and come up with a frankly arbitrary checklist of specific comics and categories that add up to represent a generous and discerning view of this corner of the comics world. Feel free to add your own and mention shops you really like. (Mine include Alternate Reality Comics in Las Vegas, Midtown Comics in Manhattan, Laughing Ogre Comics in Columbus, OH, and Big Planet Comics in Georgetown, DC.)
Here’s my checklist:
And for extra credit:
That’s pretty much the entirety of this week’s Flipped. No, seriously.
This week’s Flipped focuses on Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s A Drifting Life (Drawn & Quarterly).
I told myself to wait until two volumes of the new Naoki Urasawa series were out until I wrote about them at any length, and I’m glad I did, as I thought 20th Century Boys improved dramatically in the second volume. (Not that the first was weak, just that there seemed to be more of a voice and a style in the second.) Pluto I pretty much loved from the beginning.
But I’m giving away the shocking secrets of this week’s Flipped.
I’m sure I’ve used that joke before. Anyway, there’s a new Flipped up, in which I talk a bit about four-panel comics to camouflage the fact that I’m going on about Shoulder-A-Coffin Kuro yet again.
Will the day come when we evolve from bestseller lists to “largest number of unique visitors” lists? I have no idea, but one might anticipate future press releases from Viz talking about how many people have popped by TheRumicWorld. Just a theory, mind you. And as you may have guessed, that’s the topic for this week’s Flipped.