Things have been quiet on this blog, but this month’s Manga Moveable Feast has nudged my lazyass brain enough to make me want to contribute. Hosting this month is @ProfessorBlind over at Rocket Bomber. I’m usually talking to him about food and beer or remembering “fondly” my old indie bookstore days. Currently, I am inspiring him to write an super unhealthy cookbook which will sell a billion copies during Father’s Day.
Anyway, the subject for today is Appetizers Wednesday–”The Manga My Best Friend Lent Me That Got Me Into Manga.” And seriously, just now I was going to be all, “ha, I got into manga on my own,” when my creaky memory was all, “Nope, nope.”
Last month, I made a post with my thoughts on Right Stuf (TRSI) venturing into Print on Demand with Tokyopop (TP), starting with the Hetalia series. I was curious to see what the quality would be like for myself, so I ordered volume 1 of TRSI’s Hetalia, even though I already have TP’s volume. This is an overview of the differences. This is not a review on the content of Hetalia vol. 1.
(p.s. Sorry for the picture quality. I need a new camera, and my apartment is not lit for good pictures)
Basically what going to a convention feels like. Nerd flu abounds!
I don’t think I got nerd flu this con. *knock on wood* However, one of my friends did! It’s pretty much inevitable, when you’re surrounded by people where washing hands and taking baths is optional, and people will glomp you (i.e., violently hug you, frequently without your permission).
I did get much cooler stuff though, although not nearly as much as I usually do. I was somewhat hampered by the knowledge I was flying back, so nothing that I wouldn’t be able to fit in my already crowded suitcase.
Yesterday, Right Stuf announced a partnership with Tokyopop and Gentosha Comics to release the third, unpublished volume of the megapopular fangirl favorite Hetalia manga. And the sleeping beast of Stu Levy hatred awoke.
So… I bought a lot of books.