By the time the New York Times gets around to spotting a trend, that usually means it’s something your grandma loves. In this case, the recent manga implosion gives this New York Times spotlight on manga something of a more urgent undertone. The story focuses on budget cuts in the Queens library system, where the kids — of widely diverse ethnicities — have embraced the manga:
Mr. Zabriskie, 39, now assistant coordinator for youth services at Queens Library, says manga is for these teenagers what punk rock, New Wave, and Dungeons and Dragons were for his generation: a world of specialized knowledge that excludes adults and opens a private creative space for young people.
While the story has something of a “been there done that” vibe to it, it’s also a reminder that manga is still popular among a wide segment of teens and tweens. Don’t make plans to scatter the ashes just yet.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.