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Swag Bag for July 22nd 2010 – Evil Exes and Vengeful Counts

My usual Wednesday shopping had to be postponed until Thursday as I did an emergency replacement of my computer (warning to the masses: backing up your computer files is the best thing you can do for your technological-sanity) but a fan can never be kept from the bookstore for long!

Today specifically I first picked up Viz Media’s newest shoujo series, Dengeki Daisy. The plot doesn’t exactly wow me, and I haven’t read the artist’s previous work, Beast Master, but I’ve already hard lots of good things about this new story so I’m giving it a go! Thanks to a snazzy buy-one-get-one deal at Strange Adventures I was also able to snap up a copy of the third volume of Gankutsuou. While I haven’t read it through yet, just flipping through shows me this is going to be an entirely different, and considerably more disturbing, angle than the anime – yikes! And of course, I had to pick up a copy of the final volume of Scott Pilgrim.

While I never got a chance to visit the vendors for shopping purposes at last week’s Animinitime, I did stop by at the local Chapters to spend a convenient gift card I’d acquired. While there I also checked out the selection of French language manga. Such pretty design work! All with slipcovers and nice mini trim sizes. Also the selection was snazzy – over fifty volumes of Case Closed?! Very cool.

Chapters purchases included Calling, a boys’ love one-shot from BLU which sports an uke with very fluttering eyelashes; Cirque du Freak (Vol. 05) because my roommate adores the manga version (hasn’t read the books though) and I must admit it’s pretty darn fun to read; Flower in a Storm (Vol. 02) because despite thinking the first was sort of lame was interested when learning volume two was the end; Mad Love Chase (Vol. 04) because it’s Kazusa Takashima; and lastly, the fourth volume of my super guilty pleasure Zone-00 because it’s ‘awesome’. Ahhhhh the eye-candy in Zone 00!

As before, I encourage sharing of shiny manga purchases! What books made your swag bag this week?

About the Author:

Lissa Pattillo is the owner and editor of Kuriousity.ca. Residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia she takes great joy in collecting all manners of manga genres, regretting that there's never enough time in the day to review or share them all. Along with reviews, Lissa is responsible for all the news postings to the website and works full time as a web and graphic designer.

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6 Responses

  1. Andre says:

    Somehow after the giant swag-fest of Animinitime [….should I attempt listing it?] , I still found time to pick up some X-men comics, Rinne Vol.2, and Vol.1 of Cirque du Freak [you guys are right- it's good stuff!]. Also nabbed a free copy of Kaze Hikaru Vol.13

    • Lissa says:

      I found Rin-Ne volume two to be a bumpy read – I almost gave up on the series there because volume one was quirky but didn't wow me. Volume three really made a come-back, much more entertaining all around I thought. Glad you liked Cirque du Freak, it was definitely a series that grew on me and I look forward to buying every new volume as it comes now. Everybody needs to enjoy something vampire related now, right?

      And you lucky duck with Kaze Hikaru! I've only bought/read the first four volumes but I really love it. It's a series I need to remind myself to keep a better eye out for.

  2. Aaron says:

    The first four volumes of Angelic Layer I saved four dollars on Volume One when I ordered through Barnes and Noble dot-com (I have no idea why though.) Also volume three of Suki : A like Story both Clamp titles. I am well on my way to buying up most of Clamp's titles I am not looking forward to slogging through online used retailers to buy volumes X/1999. Also volume two of Man of Many Faces is just cost prohibitive ($78.00 dolars used $93.00 New!)

    • Lissa says:

      Fun stuff! I love CLAMP and their older works in particular have a special place on my shelf. Angelic Layer sports some terrific artwork and fun characters, I hope you enjoy reading it. That's sad to hear about Man of Many Faces though! Really goes to show what happens when titles go out-of-print and how the demand is still there (there are some manga in English out there going for over $400 each!). I hope you're able to find that book and the volumes of X/1999 at a good price! We can also cross our fingers they get re-released in omnibus format by Dark Horse like previous CLAMP series Tokyopop put out.

  3. Aaron says:

    We can dream I all ready preordered the Magic Knight Rayearth Omnibus from Darkhorse and plan on preordering the Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus. I think I can swing most of the copies of X if i'm willing to settle for less then mint conditon used copies wich I'm not pickey so that probablly wont be a problem.

  4. Shannon says:

    Hey, if you're looking for X/1999, try United Bookstore on Barrington. We've got a bit of a manga section, including some old, flipped volumes of X.

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