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I'm surprised to know that Japan's most popular manga comic magazine, Shonen Jump, has hit the US. I haven't read manga comics for ages, but in high school, my friends and I would take turns reading several manga weeklies. The "Toiretto Hakase (Dr. Toilet)" was among the line-ups.

I wonder if it can sell well in the States as well. Probably it will, because there seem to be a lot of manga fans out there. Oh, but do you feel comfortable with reading manga in the Japanese way, I mean, the right-to-left Japanese-reading format?


I've grown used to reading manga the intended way (from right to left), so when I'm faced with a North American release that's been flipped, it confuses me to no end.

I'm actually not too interested in Shonen Jump since I'm more of a shoujo fan, but it's nice to see the manga scene growing by leaps and bounds over here. It's a good time to be an anime and/or manga fan in the U.S., with so much more available now compared to just a few years ago.

We also have an English version of Newtype here now - the premiere issue came out in November - and it's published in right to left format as well.

I tend to hate the way some are flipped for the Western way. It tends to make everyone left handed. I think most people would like to keep the artwork/layout the way it was originally written.

Will Shonen Jump work in the west? I think so. Many people (including myself) purchased all of Akira. Super Manga Blast sells well at my local comic shop. They also stock lots if other manga. It really is a growing market at the moment.

There is an American publisher called crossgen. They make monthly comics and are now selling large collections of their comics each month as well. Not in the usual trade paperback format (That is 6-8 issues of the same comic in one book) but in the Japanese style of 6-8 different comics in each book. They produce 2 of these each month and a third is planned for next year.

I didn't know manga is such a growing business in the international market. English versions could be good English-learning materials for Japanese as well.