Diamond’s Manga Storage Boxes

Due to the kindness of a retailer friend, I was given two cases (5 boxes in each package) of the manga-sized storage boxes Diamond sold a few years back. I think they’ve since stopped offering them, since their associated storage product company, E. Gerber Products, no longer lists that size of boxes.

Manga box next to standard comic short box

Manga box next to standard comic short box

It wouldn’t surprise me, since I suspect there was little to no audience for them. For one thing, the idea of keeping manga in acid-free boxes doesn’t make sense to many readers. Manga books are sturdier than comics, and the collector impulse doesn’t really apply. For another, not many manga readers shop in comic stores, so they wouldn’t have seen the boxes. Most significantly, though, putting the boxes together is a pain in the ass. It took the two of us five tries to get one assembled properly.

Manga box, unassembled

Manga box, unassembled

The boxes shipped flat, in three pieces — box, lid, and internal divider. But no instructions. We figured out how to put one together by looking at a completed version.

Putting the box together

Putting the box together

To assemble it, you folded the divider piece in half, folded out little lips on the edges, and then tried to hold it in place while you folded the sides up and the end flaps over to hold the whole box together. Note that you can see in this picture two of the problems with this process: 1) it requires one person to hold it all together while another wrapped the edges over, and 2) the pieces end up getting bent during all of this effort. It doesn’t seem to hurt the eventual box, though, or disturb the stability.

Manga storage box, assembled

Manga storage box, assembled

Once folded together, you wind up with a box slightly shorter than a standard comic shortbox, but with two internal channels. You can get about 14-16 books in one side of the box, depending on thickness (paper stock, page count, etc.). They are sturdy, and I find them a good way to store completed series that I don’t want to get rid of but no longer fit on the shelves.

The final box, with manga

The final box, with manga

In the boxes, I can stack them in a closet. When I want to find something, they’re easier to move around and search through than top flap traditional brown boxes. Plus, you can mark the white cardboard with marker or sticky note to identify what’s inside. Overall, I like using them, but I wouldn’t have paid for them. As a gift, though, they’ve come in handy.

6 Comments

  1. These, or something identical, are still produced by Comicare: http://www.comicbookrelief.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=283511. I use them for my Hardy Boys book collection — they’re the perfect size. I’ve heard of people using them for DVDs too. It’s actually quite easy for one person to assemble one without bending anything, but it takes a bit of practice — there’s definitely a technique!

  2. Hunh, didn’t know that. Thanks for the source!

  3. Just for anyone hitting this link I checked the site http://www.comicbookrelief.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=283511 and sent them an email on 5/25/2010 to check the availability. My local comic shop is unable to get these due to the fact they are not longer made. The reply I received from comicbookrelief is that they are backordered even though the site said available which it still says it even after my email inquiry. If anyone else knows where to get them please leave a reply and a link. Robert’s Anime Corner had some but now they are sold out. I think I bought the last case they had which had 5 boxes: http://www.animecornerstore.com/mangabags.html. Its too bad they quit making these but like I said if anyone knows where to get some post please. Thank you.

  4. I just bought a box of 5 of these at my local comic shop — they still seem to have a regular supply (they’ve gotten new ones in within the last couple of months). If all else fails, you might want to ask them about their supplier! http://www.timemastersinc.ca/

  5. I would like to know the price of the boxes???

  6. I suspect they may no longer be made, so I can’t help you, sorry.

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