Honda-san is at war - with business, with out-of-print books, and with people who love manga! Who knew there were so many laughs to be found at the manga counter of a bookstore?! These are the day-to-day happenings that take place at a certain bookstore where the love of manga is abundant.
Each chapter is an autobiographical essay on a different subject relating to being a clerk in the manga department of a bookstore. Dealing with foreigners is a recurring theme. These are the various topics of each chapter: Reasons books might be out of stock The universal language of fujoshi Being asked for a recommendation Restocking the various types of releases Dealing with sales reps Customer service training When customers act outside of expectations An author signs books The chiefs of the sales and distribution departments About erotica and "harmful publications" The role of wholesalers Fairs--themed displays and bonus items Physical store lovers and the delivery option A networking drinking party Initial sales of new releases Books that don't sell The qualities of a good bookseller Dealing with children Differences in running different sections Working the late shift Bookstores from a publisher's perspective A look inside e-book online stores Preparing to visit Taiwan Discussing translations and the Taiwanese market I appreciate the odd faces, masks, and veils they have going on for all the people working at the bookstore, that nobody comments on, of course, since they're just representational (like what Doonesbury does). It does make the title of this manga ("Skull-Face Bookseller") feel less relevant though, since feir skull face is entirely aesthetic and has nothing to do with feir actual character. It's also sorta neat seeing how many of these titles they reference I recognize as I'm reading. The fourth volume (ch. 21-24) was flailing and not worth the strain it obviously took to get topics to write about.
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