Thursday, December 8, 2011

Will Sailormoon Save Manga?

According to the Nielson BookScan chart that ranks top-selling graphic novels, Kodansha's Sailormoon series has topped the charts for the third month in a row. The full list of top graphic novels for November can be found at where you will see that other SM properties are also in the top ranks, except for volume 1 which IcV2 guesses "may indicate supply problems."

What accounts for the rise in the release of a manga that is nearly 20 years old? Is it nostalgia for the "good old days" of manga? Or are the other current comic books just not appealing enough to a female readership? We'll see if these numbers continue to stay on top.

Also, now that I have returned to my blog, one of the first things I did was to clean up the manga publishers' bar to the left. It was a very sad task. I deleted six links. Since I started this blog, the following publishers have gone to the wayside: ADV, CMX, CPM Press, Go! Comi!, Mediablasters, and Tokyopop. At the very least, Tokyopop's catalog (which was one of the largest in the industry) is still being published by Kodansha Comics (distributed by the American Publisher, Random House).

What is the future of manga publishing in the States?

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