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26 July 2005 @ 06:26 pm
TCJ's Dirk Deppney examines how the American comics industry dropped the ball on manga and girls  
"No matter how low your opinion of American comics publishers might have been, reality has just proven you an optimist."
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wanderingbhikkhwanderingbhikkh on July 27th, 2005 01:54 am (UTC)
There's something else the writer doesn't address: Even in such cases where the reader recognizes foreign matter, the distributors are often too clueless to pick up.

I have here a list of what amounts to a BIG FAT STACK of French comics I'm ordering. It's a nice, broad selection, some Tintin, some Adele, some Gotlib, some Asterix, etc. It's going to cost at least two hundred dollars, and I have more for when I enter French 2.

When I went to my local neighborhood comic shop, they didn't even know what Tintin was. They thought I wanted one of those shiny foil covers from the early 1990s. To their credit, they recognized that France does genuinely produce comics, but they had no idea how to order them or why someone would want them untranslated.

I ended up going to Amazon.ca and ordering my stack off there. For cheaper than it would've cost to get it via the shop.

Trying to order manga is even worse. They've essentially ceded to Anime Express, though, and those folks are happy to be of service.

And it took me a log of concentrated time and effort to even put that original list together, something no casual reader's going to do.

(I do hope the French comics get the credit they deserve...a lot of them are, in their own way, as good as Japanese comics or the best English-language art comics. It'd be a shame for the US comics industry to stop following the superhero cycle slavishly only to follow the manga model slavishly instead.)
gwalla: king crimson fingergwalla on July 27th, 2005 02:24 am (UTC)
French comics do get a lot of respect, mostly from the indies and certain sectors of the mainstream (Möbius is well-known, and Heavy Metal Magazine was big in the '70s).

However, most of the stuff that makes it over here is male-oriented: sci-fi/fantasy action and porn. The eurocomix publishers never made an end-run around the domestic direct market the way manga translators did.

And untranslated stuff is going to be harder to find than translated no matter what it is.
wanderingbhikkhwanderingbhikkh on July 27th, 2005 05:50 am (UTC)
That IS true. But still, I can get Japanese comics in Japanese from Anime Express, and they don't look at me funny.
Fade M.fadethecat on July 27th, 2005 02:34 am (UTC)
How depressing. But a really interesting article. I will note that if I'm looking for manga (which is currently infrequent, as I prefer webcomics), I don't even try a comic book store; I go directly to one of the stores that specializes in manga and anime and random stuff from Japan.
cholma: grin2cholma on July 27th, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
Good article.
mrs_keradonmrs_keradon on July 27th, 2005 08:19 pm (UTC)
Maybe this guy should also write about female gamers. We don't want the exact samething the guys want but we do want games and will buy them.

Thanks for posting the article, it helps prove someone has a clue about an often ignored market.