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.