Nerd World: In Which I Read Some Manga — Lev Grossman posted this article on Time’s Nerd World blog about his first the manga series Death Notes. I thought it was interesting because unlike most of the articles about this topic, it’s not written from the perspective of fan, but someone who admits that he’s been avoiding manga until now:
I would see the books lying around, but they’re kind of off-putting. They’ve got all these symbols and icons on them, all that kanji, and the paper quality is so awful, and they have words like Shonen Jump on them. And they all look alike. Plus they’re, you know, backwards. (It took me a few pages to figure out that you read the panels from right to left. Oops.) And I don’t really know how to pronounce manga.
He starts reading the Death Notes series because his whole family is tearing through it. “I got it from my mom. If I wasn’t a nerd before I think that seals the deal.”
The Nerd World blog by Lev Grossman and Matt Selman is often interesting. It’s “about anything and everything that could be plausibly labeled geeky–science fiction, fantasy, video games, comic books, tech stuff, and so on. If it could get you beaten up in junior high, it’s fair game.”