World, Meet Comics, Me
Posted by: Ian Chipman
So graphic novels (er, comics) (er, graphic novels) (er—and this is my favorite—il-literature [illustrated literature, get it?]) (er, whatever) officially became legit today with this announcement from the New York Times (Introducing the New York Times Graphic Books Bestseller Lists, by George Gene Gustines):
Comics have finally joined the mainstream . . . today The Times introduces three separate lists of the best-selling graphic books in the country: hardcover, softcover, and manga.
Well well well, seems everybody wants to piggy back onto the sole segment of publishing that is still seeing growth (or is it?). Seeing as how the New York Times has deigned to offer legitimization to comics, I’m here to take it right back. In a move that will likely set comics back decades, or at least one day to a pre–New York Times endorsed dark age, I announce my role as the graphic novel blogger for Likely Stories.
First up? Ohmygodohmygodohmygod Watchmen tomorrow!!!!
Second up: the lists. Unsurprisingly, Alan Moore is all over the hardcover and softcover lists, where Marvel and DC are pretty much just cleaning everyone else’s clocks. Dark Horse, Image, and IDW form an itty-bitty resistance force, though.
I find the manga list particularly hilarious, as 8 of the 10 slots are occupied by various volumes of Masashi Kishimoto’s superhypermegaexplosionpunch!hit Naruto. Wouldn’t it have been more helpful to just lump series together? What madness can we infer from the fact that vol. 35 outsells vol. 36 but not vol. 37? Poor any-other-manga-besides-Naruto, it could be a while before you get much face time here.
So now that comics are sanctioned, what ever are our children to read that they shouldn’t be reading?