The last couple weeks have been incredibly hectic, but for all good reasons! As many of you know, Anime Boston was last weekend. The store I work for, Comicopia, has a large booth at the show, and part of my responsibilities is helping with ordering and organizing what we bring, who our volunteers are, and how things get displayed. The month leading up to AB is honestly a lot more work than being at the show and selling the books! That’s the fun part — getting to interact with customers, helping people find what they’re looking for, figuring out new ways to showcase books on the fly. And we have a really great host of volunteers who help make the experience extra fun.
As is often the case, my birthday was immediately after Anime Boston — this past Wednesday, in fact. I spent the day…well, going to work and unpacking manga, honestly, haha. It wasn’t so bad, and my husband and I went out for Japanese barbecue afterwards which was great.
And now, all the manga is unpacked and counted, I’ve figured out what needs reordering, and we can get back to business as usual at work for a little while! I’ve been pleased to note that some more obscure titles have been selling lately in the store, and I hope that we can continue to fill that niche for customers!
Bit of an announcement before I pop off: at 4pm today I’m taking part in the third installment of The Black Manga Critic’s “Women Talk About Anime & Manga” series! We’re going to be discussing Nagata Kabi’s My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness, published in English by Seven Seas Entertainment. Joining us on the panel tonight will be the manga’s translator, Jocelyne Allen, whose insights I’m really looking forward to hearing! I hope some of you will have a chance to watch that, whether it be live as it airs or after the fact.
I promise that since life has settled down a bit more, I’ll actually get to posting some manga-specific content, not just “day in the life of a Manga Maven” stuff, haha. I’m especially excited about the new GeGeGe no Kitaro anime that’s airing right now, so I’m sure I won’t be able to resist sounding off on that!
Keep it real, kids!