Laughing Ogre comics has a vast selection of great products for all kinds of fans - collectible cards, figures, shirts, novels, statues, comics, manga, and more. Why do I have to list comics and manga separately? Both explore visual story-telling through a vast number of genres. Is it because of the style of the art? The two sides each have as many deviations in art as the other and there many instances when they're hard to distinguish. Maybe the region of origin? No, there are manga made here and comics drawn there. We accept other foreign "comics", regardless of printing format or origin, so why is manga different?
Are you a comic fan tired of being prejudiced against drawings of big eyes and spikey hair? Maybe you are an otaku with a suspicion that comics are about something more than killing and resurrecting the same characters? It's time we put an end to comic book xenophobia. Today, I suggest a few options for comic fans to venture into the rich world of manga.
1. "Pluto" - Urasawa's dark homage to Tezuka's "Astro Boy"
2. Akira - this is the "Watchmen" of the Manga community
3. Death Note - the ultimate debate on the death penalty and man's right to judge man
4. Biomega -Robots vs. Zombies? Nihei began that fight in '98
Zoichi Kanoe plunges into the depths of 9JO - an island city in the middle of the Pacific Ocean - in search of Eon Green, a girl with the power to transmute the N5S virus. He's not the only one looking for her, though... agents of the Public Health Service's Compulsory Execution Unit are also hot in pursuit. Zoichi and his transhuman allies have no time to waste; the countdown to the zombie apocalypse has begun.
5. Black Butler - a dark, calculating 12 year old sells his soul to a demon... and makes him a butler
Don't hesitate to ask for more suggestions the next time you are in Laughing Ogre. Next up... Five comics books for Manga fans.
*** Blurb's were taken from the books covers or sleeves.