I forgot to post yesterday! Don’t worry though, you didn’t miss much.
The topic was manga, chosen by Justin C at UT Austin. The reason you didn’t miss much is that I know almost nothing about manga. Which probably means I’m too Western-focused in my interests (or not).
A disclaimer before I begin: There are few things that I dislike. I usually either love something or am apathetic about it. Rarely do I ever dislike anything.
I am on the verge of disliking manga, only because I know people who will sometimes do nothing except read manga/watch anime all day. Not to say that I don’t waste a lot of time myself. But just the idea of reading (or more like viewing, as manga is heavy on the visual) and/or watching a screen seems passive and mindless compared to other forms of entertainment. If you play WoW, you’re actually DOING something, actually doing a lot of things. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather play a video game, which is interactive, than watch TV, which is usually passive (though I do like movies, as there’s normally a LOT of effort put into them, and many ARE mentally engaging). The same goes with reading a comic—it’s a lot different from reading a novel. But maybe that’s just me.
Furthermore, WoW players that I know will very often reflect upon their playing. I don’t know about manga/anime followers. Alright, enough of criticism without actually knowing any manga. Hopefully there will not be over 9000 angry manga fans that decide to bash this article.