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July 26, 2010


Best And Worst Manga As Selected By Experts' Casual Poll: For Your Potential Reading/Avoiding Means

On Thursday at Comic-Con, an all-star panel of manga critics met at the invitation of Manga: The Complete Guide author Jason Thompson to discuss the Best and Worst of Manga, 2010. The panelists were Thompson, Shaenon Garrity, Deb Aoki, Chris Butcher and Carlo Santos; I sat at the podium and hit the button that brought covers up on screen. It was a packed crowd, lots of younger people, and a ton of folks writing stuff down. I realized when I saw the people writing down the various choices that this was something that could maybe benefit people like me that have only heard of 33 percent of what was discussed and only read maybe one of four or one of five, if that. The "wish list" might also give some enterprising publisher out there an idea.

The discussion was broken down into several areas. There was a lot of back and forth. The last choices in the "best international" and "worst" categories were somewhat controversial, and individual panelists broke on about three or four of the best-of choices. Mostly it was nice to be on a panel so focused on the reading of comics.

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Best Manga (All-Ages/Teen)
* Chi's Sweet Home
* Clover/Cardcaptor Sakura
* Cat Paradise
* Karakuri Odette
* Kekkaishi
* Kingyo Used Books
* Megaman Megamix
* Twin Spica

*****

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Best Manga (Grown-Ups/Adults)
* 20th Century Boys/Pluto
* A Drifting Life
* Black Lagoon
* Detroit Metal City
* not simple
* Oishinbo
* Ooku
* Red Blinds the Foolish/An Age Called Blu
* The Summit of the Gods/A Distant Neighborhood

*****

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Best Manga (International)
* Nightschool
* Peepo Choo
* The Color of Earth/Water/Heaven
* Twilight

*****

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Worst Manga
* .hack (all of them)
* Maximum Ride
* Orange Planet
* Red Hot Chili Samurai
* Togainu no Chi

*****

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Most Anticipated Upcoming Licensed Title
* A Drunken Dream
* Ax
* Ayako
* Cross Game
* Genkaku Picasso
* Not Love but Delicious Foods
* Strange Tale of Panorama Island

*****

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Wish List
* Atagoul
* Kami no Shizuku
* Otoyomegatari
* Saint Young Men
* The Music of Marie
* The Rose of Versailles
 
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