Dear American Comics: Here's Why You're Losing Readers to Anime & Manga

A Twitter talk about how Japanese anime/manga is winning over US pop culture fans

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  1. While at Anime Expo 2017, I noticed that the crowds at this annual anime/manga/j-pop festival in downtown Los Angeles attracts a slightly different crowd that the other pop culture super-show, Comic-Con International (which, incidentally, is only a few weeks after Anime Expo, and only a few miles south in San Diego).
  2. For one thing, the fans at Anime Expo skew younger -- average age is teens to 20-somethings. SDCC tends to attract a slightly older crowd, maybe more in their late 20s - mid-40's. So looking out at a sea of fans (over 115,000 unique visitors over 4 days, a 15% increase over 2016 attendance, and rapidly catching up with SDCC, which attracted 130,000 fans last year), I wondered, what attracts them to Japanese anime, manga, music, and games? What do they get out of it that they don't find in American-made comics, movies, animation, TV shows, etc.?
  3. Here's some of the responses I received from fans, bloggers, authors, comics creators and more:
  4. SHOTGUN BLASTS VS. SNIPER SHOTS
  5. Comics creator and storyboard artist Jake Wyatt had some interesting insights on this:
  6. MANGA OFFERS CONSISTENCY IN STORYLINES & CREATIVE TEAMS
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