For those new to manga, Joanna Draper Carlson of Comics Worth Reading offers her recommendations, which include “Hikaru no Go,” “Hot Gimmick,” and a favorite of mine, “The Kindaichi Case Files.”
This story is a sidebar to a longer article on why kids like manga. One interesting point, from marketer and writer Robert Boyd:
Boyd believes manga’s popularity goes beyond that of Japanese cartoons (anime). “Manga have grown in popularity (based on sales) over the past year, while anime DVD sales have been flat. So, obviously there is a connection, but it would be wrong to suggest that manga is merely a coattail rider,” he said.
Interesting because the anime community seems much larger to me than the manga community. Of course, quotes like that can be misleading—manga sales could be smaller overall than anime sales.
The third piece of what is a really nice package on this topic is a manga timeline.
UPDATE: I just wandered over to Love Manga to see what was new and they have posted the same article—and the same quote. Great minds think alike!