Sporadic Sequential
Monday, July 07, 2008
Selling Out, Manga-Style

In response to my fake manga marketing ideas, Simon "NSFW" Jones comes up with a brilliant one that could actually work: Sell or give away copies of sports manga at the appropriate sporting event:
A re-envisioned Speed Racer with Nascar branding, racked at Talladega’s concession stands, would sell gangbusters.

Eyeshield, racked at the memorabilia store at any stadium, would sell gangbusters.

Hand a free copy of Slam Dunk #1 to everyone 14-and-under at every NCAA basketball game, and the rest of the issues would sell gangbusters.
Genius! I could really see this working, although I have no idea how feasible something like this would be. But if it did work out, perhaps we'd even see a time when youngsters learned to show the proper respect for manga-ka masters such as Takehiko Inoue.

BONUS ROUND: I asked this in Simon's comments but I'll repeat it here: Whatever happened to Tokyopop's deal with the NBA? Was it a huge success or a crashing failure? Were the books actually sold in brick-and-mortar stores or were they only available through school book fairs?

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