I usually scout online, read whatever I can then buy what I liked most. I read mainly from two sources :
- http://www.onemanga.com/directory/ Which allows you to read online a few series... really useful when I don't feel like waiting for the chapters to download on :
- Stoptazmo (www.stoptazmo.com) THE place to get pretty much -anything- available and scanlated, ever.
In real life, I usually buy my books from Monet, which is a super neat library in Montreal that provides users with fidelity cards (you add up 10% of 10 purchases) and all #1 of any manga series are 20% off.
As for titles I suggest, my usual bunch, all genres and styles mixed :
-Monster (altough I haven't read much of it, I heard it turned out good)
-D.Gray-Man (first volumes are jewels, ok later)
-Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles (despite wonky anatomy and obvious fanservice for themselves, this latest CLAMP jewel shines with their mastery of the art...)
-Full Metal Alchemist
-Gantz (surprisingly interesting and good despite it's gore-ness)
-Hikaru no Go (cute and drawn by the marvelous Obata-sensei)
-Team Medical Dragon (fun, fun XD)
Aaand I'll stop here, I'm spamming enough as it is now... lol
that's great, thanks for sharing all this valuable info! ;)
i went to chapters, the bookstore in downtown. they do have a fidelity card that you can purchase but you need to pay for that. and they don't have 20% off. hehehe
There's a store in downtown Toronto called Kikiwai that sells a bunch of manga. Sometimes I'd stop by to see what's new, but usually I'm checking out their artbook section.
As for comics, I get them at a place called the Silver Snail. Here and there I'd be reading stuff like:
- Y the Last Man
- 100 Bullets
- The Losers
- Metal Gear Solid [the Ashley Wood remake]
Personally I don't like having to wait a whole month for some books to come in so I usually end up downloading other titles in my spare time. The one place where I can get my hands on a bunch of manga is through IRC and occasionally through some direct downloads on a couple websites.
- another place that keeps track of unlicensed material from different scanlation groups, I find it's got a lotta shoujo-y stuff there although at times there's a good title hiding in corners
Sometimes I buy them and read them at home, but...other times I just read it all in the bookstore then put it back on the shelf - it 's a bad habit! But I also check out some from a public library and read it at home, then take it back.
Depending on the genre and availability in my country. If I can't buy it in store I usually read it online.
I do like to buy manga though. There's something about going home with that extra volume that really makes me feel like I love it and I'm proud of it.
And I read it all pretty much from most of the links Aki's got there.
I do like to buy sets of Manga from Japan too. You get more for your dollar. Some people sell a good 1-17 volumes for 2000 yen. I've got D. Gray-Man in Japanese 1-22 for under $40 bucks. I tend to surf ebay too since I'm collecting One Piece and Bleach too.