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If you’re looking for a good summary of the struggles the manga industry is facing, both in Japan and internationally, you need to read this piece by Jason Thompson at io9.
Good read a tad bit pessimistic but that’s understandable the marketability of Four Panel manga is an interesting idea I just hope the slump doesn’t cause Manga to get priced out of certain people’s reach though. or it leads to a gimmicky cash grab mentality i.e. “this is popular so we’ll just put it out and hope it sells” thus marketing it to a group that has no intrinsic intrest in Manga or won’t care in a few years and publishers are left holding the bag.
Just my two cents take it or leave it.
It’s true, a lot of Jason’s suggestions are pragmatic — less detailed art, shorter strips like the four-panel ones — but aren’t the kind of manga I want to read. As always, I guess I’m going to get what the market is willing to pay for.
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