Monday, August 9, 2010

Why I'm doing this

Few things do a better job of illustrating why I'm so passionate about introducing people to comics than this news:

The Japanese publisher Shueisha is producing 3.2 million copies of the 59th volume of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece pirate manga - the latest volume in the series to set a manga record for the most copies in its first printing.

3.2 million copies. That's enough to give everyone in the state of Iowa their own copy, with plenty left over. To compare, the first print run for the first graphic novel adaptation of Twilight - one of the most anticipated adaptations of one of the best-selling novels of the decade - was 350,000 copies.

Granted, most manga in Japan aren't quite as popular as One Piece, but it still bums me out a little that a country with one-third of our population buys so many more comics than we do. Come on, American ladies! Let's show these publishers we mean business!

(British ladies, Canadian ladies, and ladies from other countries are welcome to join in too.)

1 comment:

  1. Trying to cheerlead an entire culture into changing its entertainment-consumption habits? I'mma call you Dawn Quixote, m'darling daughter, even as I applaud your ferocity.