Have you ever tried to read a Japanese Manga? They’re confusing and quite different from everything you’re used to. Instead of reading left to right in a sensible, comfortable manner, you’re reading from right to left, which, for most people, is completely disorienting.
For those of us who are not readers of graphic novels, the terms “Manga”, “Graphic Novels”, and “Comics” can be very confusing. Is there a difference, and if so what is it? I investigated this question by asking a teen looking through our manga selection. There is, in fact, a difference. This is what I learned.
To start with, a comic is reading material that tells a story in pictures. Comics include what you read in the Sunday funnies, or book compilations of your favorite comics strips.
I started an Anime Club at my branch, where they pay me to watch anime with some really cool kids once a month. I'm also on the Anime Review Committee, which allows me the opportunity to recommend and review new titles for MCPL. This is pretty much a dream come true, since I've been a big anime dork for years. Since I have a lot of people ask me, "What IS anime?", I thought I would put together a short tutorial.