Monday, January 31, 2005

Manga: a threat to superheroes?

Agence France-Presse looks at the rapid growth of manga in the United States, spurred, of course, by genre variety and female readers:
Linda Pfeiffer, 15, never got hooked on her brother's comic books, which glorify muscular heroes complete with superpowers. Instead, she is absorbed by Japanese comic book characters to whom she can relate, "even if they live far away from here".

Unlike US comics, "mangas don't always have a happy ending," Pfeiffer added as she scoured a Washington area comic book store.