I saw this headline in the geeks group at Propeller, and it blew my mind for a few minutes.
If you’re not a Life on Mars fan, that probably means nothing, but if you are, you may be able to imagine the several minutes I spent trying to figure out how Gene Hunt was involved with Bipolar Disorder. Heh.
Links! Johanna Draper Carlson reviews Kasumi vol. 1 at comicsworthreading. Now, you may remember back when I was lamenting on shojo manga (yes, this was before I lamented on boys’ love), I mentioned this comic as one that I’d looked forward to until I saw its official write-up. The review brings me back a little more toward hope. It still sounds fluffier than my original expectations, but maybe there’s a little substance after all? Or at least some genuine whimsy? I hope so! I’ll try to pick this up soon.
Rambling about OEL manga to follow:
I’m newer to all this than most of the people who have come by lately to read, and I know it. I fear that half the time I must sound audacious at best (and idiotic at worst). I’m constantly complaining that there isn’t enough of (insert my preference here) out there, when, truthfully, I probably haven’t yet read enough to know. Despite the fact that I read manga constantly, I’ve still only been reading it for about a year. Obviously I would not be doing this if I wasn’t rabidly in love with manga. And I am. Completely, stupidly in love. But my greedy mind wants more, more, more of all the elements I love best, and I’m ungrateful enough to complain when I can’t find it fast enough.
I’m not completely sure what I’m trying to get at here (if that wasn’t obvious), but I just feel like there’s this amazing potential in OEL manga (and okay, yes, I do think it is important to recognize that these are comics written by and for readers who enjoy manga, because there are very specific reasons why manga appeals to a lot of readers who are not drawn into western comics), perhaps even potential that is completely unique to OEL manga, and it breaks my heart that it is being held back the way it is. I’m not suggesting that publishers should throw money into something that will sink them. I’m just lamenting that this is the case, and wishing there was some magical solution, I suppose.
It’s getting late (for me), and I’m getting less and less coherent. Maybe I’ll try again tomorrow. :)