Happy Monday, readers! We're in for a lot of repeats this week, as there's very little new on the New York Times' list. Most of the material are Viz repeats from last week, including their major titles Naruto, Bleach, and Blue Exorcist. Yen Press managed to notch one new title this week with Soul Eater Not! while Seven Seas matched them with Alice in the Country of Clover's new volume.
Let's take a look at the full list:
1. Naruto Vol. 59 - Week 2
2. Blue Exorcist Vol. 8 - Week 2
3. One Piece Vol. 65 - Week 2
4. Soul Eater Not! Vol. 2 - Week 1
5. Bleach Vol. 50 - Week 2
6. Bleach Vol. 51 - Week 2
7. Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz Vol. 3 - Week 1
8. Vampire Knight Vol. 15 - Week 2
9. Sailor Moon Vol. 8 - Week 3
10. Rosario + Vampire: Season II Vol. 10 - Week 2
With the long-running shonen titles passing the 50-volume mark, how do some of you maintain your collection? 50 volumes of a single title must take up a lot of space, right? Do you end up compressing them with omnibus editions, or do you store them in the attic?
In Japan, most of these titles get cycled very quickly at places such as Book Off, where you can find racks and racks of current shonen and shojo series. Of course, you get a lot of freeloaders who just stand in the store and read, but what can you do? There's a bigger collection culture in the US, especially borne out of the US comics industry, where collecting every issue was and still is a point of pride for many readers.