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Nausicaä has had an interesting publishing history in English. It first showed up as a twenty-seven issue comic series beginning in 1988. Later, Viz would collect the story in seven graphic novel volumes and then again in four "perfect collection" volumes before once again publishing the series in seven volumes, but this time unflipped and with a smaller trim size. Finally, in November 2012, Viz will be releasing Nausicaä in a two-volume, hardcover box set.This got me to thinking about the different formats in which manga has been released in English.
Early on manga was often published similarly to American comics, first as individual floppies before being collected into larger volumes. Sometimes the individual issues were never collected and the comics are the only format in which they were released. Except in those cases (such as parts of The Legend of Kamui), I personally never collected manga in the comics format. I like my manga in book-sized chunks. But book-sized collections that I can actually read--I'm not a big fan of Dark Horse's tiny Lone Wolf & Cub volumes, for example. For longer series, I appreciate multi-volume omnibus releases. Actually, I like shorter series collected as a single volume, too. Box sets are also fun and often come with additional content and artwork. At the moment, my favorite manga format is Fantagraphics' oversized hardcovers. Yen Press and Vertical both have some nice hardcover manga, too. And while I'm glad to see digital manga becoming a more viable option, I still prefer my manga in print.
So, you may be wondering, how can you win the first seven issues of Nausicaä?
1) In the comments below, simply tell me which formats of manga you prefer to read and why. (Magazine serialization, individual volumes, multi-volume omnibuses, box sets, hardcover, digital, etc.)
2) If you're on Twitter, you can earn a bonus entry by tweeting about the contest. Make sure to include a link to this post and @PhoenixTerran (that's me).
So there you go! For this giveaway each person can earn up to two entries. As usual, there is one week to submit your entries. If you have trouble leaving comments, or if you would prefer, feel free to e-mail me your entry at phoenixterran(at)gmail(dot)com. I will then post the comment in your name. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on November 7, 2012. Good luck to you all!
VERY IMPORTANT: Include some way that I can contact you. This can be an e-mail address, link to your website, Twitter username, or whatever. If I can't figure out how to get a hold of you and you win, I'll just draw another name.
Contest winner announced--Manga Giveaway: Nausicaä Giveaway Winner