- Posted by Johanna on November 12, 2009 at 12:00 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
I don’t know who writes for doomkopf.com, but whoever he is, he had an interesting response to my Thought of the Day post and others who commented on the “getting your female significant other to read comics” idea. He compares the problems finding Western comics that interest women to the issues he’s had getting into manga:
I started looking at the various manga blogs and websites for recommendations. The majority of which were written by women. Understandably the recommendations leaned towards female interests which left me frustrated in trying to find titles that suited my interests. I suddenly understood what it is like for women new to comics having men recommend things to them. It quickly becomes confusing and overwhelming.
I think you can maybe take the idea “a woman recommended this, so it’s geared to female interests” a little too far — I know female manga readers who love books that are supposedly aimed at males (based on the original Japanese publishing plan) — but I do think that risks being true at this site. I mostly read “girly” manga, because that’s what I enjoy, but that’s why I am so glad to have Ed Sizemore’s contributions, to balance me out and provide a more well-rounded view of the format.
And for Mr. Doom, if you’re looking to step from superheroes into manga, you might start with Rurouni Kenshin, a historical samurai story with lots of people with exaggerated abilities. Or Wolverine: Prodigal Son, a manga take on the superhero character.