Have you ever found yourself sitting in your study (or wherever you prefer to sit down an read) gazing at shelf upon shelf of manga from your early childhood? Have you ever paid any attention to the stacks and piles of graphic novels since you've put them back on the shelf after reading them? Do you pick them up once in a while to give them a quick read?
I know of conventions that now have a manga trading workshop. Would you part with a piece of your prized collection for some new reading material? Or perhaps a coveted rare find? Are you looking more to collect? Or are you looking for some entertainment?
With a single book reaching up to fourteen dollars in some cases, its nearly impossible for me to regularly buy manga the way I once used to. (No shame here, mommy and daddy bought it for me) This leaves me with the only option of selling my manga, or trading, to obtain new novels. The local library helps out once in a while, but the racks there are not that impressive for a hardcore otaku.
For me, manga was always a source of entertainment. I enjoy it more so than anime. Not having to devote yourself to watching a whole episode. I can meerly read chapter by chapter or the whole damn thing, whether for leisure, passing time, or when on the royal throne.
A lot of times I wish that manga would cost as much as it does in the land of the rising sun. A few bucks could net you the latest and greatest read. But this is just a broke otaku's dream.
You see, the Wii sensor bar is not a sensor at all. It is an array of infrared LEDs. You know what else gives off infrared light? FIRE! Your Wiimote actually picks up the radiation, that is all the wiimote is!
So have fun with this little fact, you can use cheap fifty cent candles from Walmart in place of the Wii sensor bar. Just remember to use two, and place them about a foot apart from each other.
Not to mention, it makes game time very romantic for you gamers in love :3
One of the iPad's revolutionary new features is its ebook reader and respective store. But as an Otaku, I began thinking, "this iPad is about the perfect size for comic book or manga reading!". Well, it seems that major publishers of graphic novels in Japan and stateside have agreed with me.
With Apple's new ipad combined with the new ibook store, this allows for a much easier sale and distribution of product worldwide. Not to mention its green! Think of all the paper we could be saving by reading manga on an iPad!
"The potential of the iPad is huge. We feel the comic-reading experience is going to be truly awesome."
- Marco Pavia, Associate Publisher; Tokyopop
Lately, I've been dusting off my old manga collection and reading some of the better novels from my youth. One series has stood out to me the most as of recent, Iron Wok Jan.
Iron Wok Jan, I can remember from my early years in Otakudom was one of my more favorite reads. At the time there we're so many different shounen manga available at the time, but none of them held much of my interest until I came across this gem. The sheer idea of a shounen manga based on competitive cooking was laughable, however I purchased the novel simply out of my own love for cooking. As I delved deeper into the strange theme of culinary shounen, I developed a craving for more. Like a potato chip, I could not have just one. I started buying each one as Borders released it.
As I read every volume, my connection and love for the characters grew with such intensity. It was like reading DBZ combined with Iron Chef and Professional Wrestling. Oh the drama! Oh the delicious tension!
But then there came a time when Borders just stopped selling this precious manga all together, and that is unfortunately where my journey ended with Iron Wok Jan. After re-reading all of the past adventured, I am highly considering picking up this creative culinary shounen manga.