Manga Gift Guide

by Ed Sizemore

The NY Times graphic novel gift guide didn’t list any manga. This upset the manga reviewing community. In an effort to correct the oversight, several sites have agreed to put together their own manga gift guides. Posted just in time for Black Friday, here are my selections for the holiday season.

  1. Pluto
  2. 20th Century Boys
  3. Yotsuba
  4. My Mommy Is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill
  5. The Art of Osamu Tezuka
  6. xxxHOLiC
  7. Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles
  8. Starting Point: 1979-1996
  9. Mushishi
  10. Detroit Metal City

Most of these are pretty obvious, if you’ve been following my or Johanna’s reviews. I’ll give a brief explanation of the rest.

First, I know My Mommy isn’t manga, but it’s bound to be overlooked in most graphic novel gift-giving guides. It’s an odd stepchild, a French comic that was published by a company known for manga. This is the best kid’s book I’ve read this year and needs more recognition.

Second, The Art of Osamu Tezuka is a wonderful book by Helen McCarthy that I picked up recently. It is the best of both worlds, a gorgeous coffee table book with solid exposition into the manga of Osamu Tezuka. Plus, the DVD included is simply jaw-dropping. I hope to do a full review in the future.

Finally, I want to take a moment to recognize two book lines for overall excellent. You can’t go wrong getting any of the books from either Fanfare/Ponent Mon or the Viz Signature imprint. The Ponent Mon books are hard to find in brick-and-mortar bookstores, but Amazon has their books in stock. I’ve seen the Viz Signature items in several bookstores, so they’re easy to pick up as last-minute items. Make sure to pick up a book from both publishers for yourself and a reward for getting your holiday shopping done.

I wish everyone a safe, healthy, and joy-filled holiday season. I hope you’re surrounded by the love of family, friends, and pets (particularly cats). As a former Navy man, special holiday wishes to those who will be away from home serving our country.

For more manga gift guides, check out this list of participants. The project was inspired by David Welsh‘s suggestion, and his list is one of the best.


  1. Great Guide, Ed! You’ve made beautiful choices. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. I’m so glad you mentioned “My Mommy.” That was an exceptional book, although one I still don’t know how I felt about. :-) Beautifully crafted. It was a pleasure to look at physically, aside from the content.

    Great list Ed, thanks!



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  4. Oh Mommy is a great recommendation!!

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