Free Comic Book Day Spotlight- Manga

Manga is a style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels. Like our American comic books, manga encompasses a wide range of genres and demographics. Two of the most popular are shonen and shojo. Shonen manga is aimed at teenage boys and is generally characterized by action with a male protagonist. Shojo manga is aimed at teenage girls and generally has a focus on romantic relationships and emotions. As with any story, the complexity is determined by the author.

In recent years, manga’s popularity in the United States has exploded. Check out some of the more popular series below.


Attack on Titan                           Black Clover                               Bleach


Dragon Ball                                Fullmetal Alchemist                    InuYasha


Magi                                         My Hero Academia                       Naruto

One Piece


Fruits Basket                              Fushigi Yugi                                  Horimiya


Kamisama Kiss                Kimi Ni Todoke (From Me to You)       My Little Monster


Nisekoi = False Love             Ouran High School Host Club           Sailor Moon


Akira                                       Assassination Classroom                   Erased


Ghost in the Shell                    Princess Jellyfish                            Tokyo Ghoul

Is your favorite manga not listed? Let us know about it in the comments!

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Indian River Library from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. Join us for free comic books, panels, activities, and more!

Anime/Manga Update: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Hello, my lovelies! I have returned with another series that I think is pretty great! Now this series is a magical girl series, but not THE magical girl series that everyone knows and loves. I’m of course referring to Sailor Moon, which I’m not talking about today. That will come. Eventually. Maybe. But right now, we will be talking about Puella Magi Madoka Magica!

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Anime/Manga Update: Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun


Hello, lovely readers. I found a series that I would really like to tell you about. This series, again, was something I found a few years ago by accident. It quickly became my show of the summer when it came out, and when I found the manga, I was over the moon happy. The English title for this series is Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun.

Imagine confessing to the person you’ve had a crush on. The mood is right. You’re by yourselves so no one can hear the reply. And when you say that you admire them, your crush says that they understand. Then gives you their signature and leaves. Well, that’s what happens to main character Chiyo Sakura when she confesses to Umetaro Nozaki. Though she is stunned, she goes home and realizes that the signature is that of a very famous Manga artist. Who happens to be Nozaki.

Armed with this new information, she is able to approach him and learns that he was interested in her as well. Or rather, interested in her art skills. He asks her, along with other classmates in the school, to help out with different aspects of the manga. And because this is a comedy, hijinks ensue. And most of them are instigated by Nozaki’s obliviousness.

I found this series on the front page of a website, and from the screen still, I thought it was going to be a lot more serious that it was. I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. To be honest, if it were a serious show, I wouldn’t have watched it for more than a few episodes. But it’s hilarious. Also, the manga is easy to read because it is set up as a four panel comic.

We have the first three volumes available for check out, and I HIGHLY recommend it. And that’s all the information I have for you today. Until next time, stay golden.