One of the titles mentioned in Katherine Dacey's post, and also a perfectly valid excuse for me to showcase some Jiro Taniguchi art.
Manga! They can be fun, they can be beautiful, but they can also be . . . looooooooonnnnnnnnnnngggggg. It's not uncommon for popular series to have a dozen or even dozens of books, a sight that no doubt intimidates a lot of newcomers.
Thankfully, there are also plenty of shorter series, 7 of which Katherine Dacey recently featured on her blog The Manga Critic! They range from sci-fi- to drama to romance, and at 2-to-5 volumes each they're good for diving right into without having to buy a new bookshelf.