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How to Read a Manga
By Adam "OMEGA" Arnold and Steve Diabo (Kaneda)... in breathtaking ADAMVISION!!!

Hello, everyone, and welcome to my room. Please don't touch the stuff.

Observe -- A 'near-mint' copy of Young Magazine Weekly 1997 #35, containing Shirow Masamune's Manmachine Interface: Dual Device #5, the short story Alive by Yuki Tanaka, Black Brain #136, Yuzo Takada's 3x3 Eyes Act 247, and tons more that make this 387-page, out-of-print book an excellent read and a very cool collectible. This issue of the Japanese manga magazine uses a newsprint paper stock with ink that can rub off as would on a normal newspaper. In sharp contrast, Japanese manga 'phone books' feature multicolored paper that has a consistency of childrens' construction paper. The glue used in the spine of the book can produce predominant indentures at various points, which one would typically find on a copy of the book that has been butchered and neglected by some crazy fool who would not give his manga the admiration and care that it so deeply deserves. As with any step-by-step, this tutorial can be applied to all forms of books with a 99.999999% success rate.

Step #1. The most important stage in reading any book is to have the proper tools to get the job done. For this, you will need a shower cap to keep hair or dandruff from falling into the precious book. A pair of safety goggles is required to keep eyes from becoming irritated from stray whiffs of chemicals used in the printing of the book. A breathing mask is worn to keep carbon dioxide, airborne salivary enzymes and other bodily chemicals away from a collectible, because it's not a good thing to cough on a book. Latex gloves are a must to protect the book from sweat, skin cells, and germs. The final ingredient is the use of a folded mylar comic book sleeve that will serve as a 'reader' to give an extra barrier of protection between you and the loved one. You can never have too much protection. In a way, it's kind of like learning how to read all over again, isn't it?

Now that you have the tools, it is time to get started with the removing of the book from its own protective mylar comic sleeve.

Step #2. Carefully take the manga in one hand (left or right, depending on personal preference) and gently lift the tape on the top flap of the mylar sleeve until the flap opens.

Step #3. Roll the tape and flap onto the outside of the front portion of the mylar sleeve.

Step #4. While carefully holding onto the book, place the 'reader' over the open end of the mylar sleeve and prepare for the next step.

Step #5. Grasp the top of the manga magazine with your thumb on the back cover and your other fingers on the front cover so the manga rests firmly in the palm of your hand. Take the bottom of the manga with your other hand, turn it vertically, and slip the protective mylar sleeve about 75% off of the book.

Step #6. Carefully turn the prized book horizontal while taking the spine of the book carefully in one hand (either right or left, again depending on personal preference) while supporting the bottom of the book with your free hand.

Step #7. Finish removing the comic from its home in the protective mylar sleeve while continuing to support the book in the hand which will soon be used to hold the book while you assess the book's grade. A book's grade can vary from 'Mint' condition, through 'Near Mint,' 'Very Fine,' 'Fine,' 'Very Good,' 'Good,' 'Fair' and 'Poor.'

While the collectible is out of its environmentally-shielding container, one must practice proper personal hygiene. If you feel the need to cough, you must look away from the book to keep the book free from bacteria. Above all, you can not eat, drink, relieve yourself, or touch any portion of your body while holding the collectible.

Step #8. Carefully pull the cover of the book away from the rest of the issue, in normal 'I'm going to read this book' fashion (only a lot more carefully) while supporting the book directly in front of you. Japanese anthology manga magazines requires gentle spine support because the covers can be easily damaged or dented at the spine. Because most anthologies are simply folded and double stapled, chances are the books do not have a visible manufacture spine crease. If this is the case, an alternate method of reading the manga would be to place the book on a flat surface while the actual book is supported by two sets of inclines.

Step #9. As you progress through the book, continue to support the book at all times. WARNING: If you experience hand cramping, ignore the pain. The tingling sensation is being caused by the weight of the book obstructing the flow of blood to the limb. The sensation will subside in a few moments and you will be able to focus on the task at hand with a clear mind. If you absolutely must exercise your hand; it is suggested you close the book, lay it on a flat surface and start to flail your limbs violently like a deranged seal.

Step #10. When you are finished with the book, close the book and support it with both hands so the cover is down.

Step #11. Carefully grasp the page portion of the book with the hand that turned the pages while reaching for the books protective mylar sleeve with the other hand.

Step #12. Since the protective mylar sleeve should still be in the open position, all you will need to do is take the mylar sleeve in your holding hand and place it at the bottom of the comic (If the sleeve is not, lay the book on a flat surface and roll the top flap of the sleeve back to the open position). Carefully slide the book into the mylar sleeve taking special care to note the status of the book's pages at all times. A page crease at this juncture would be disastrous.

Step #13. Finish sliding the book into the protective mylar sleeve. Unhinge the top flap from the front of the sleeve, and attach the top flap to the back of the sleeve. Depending on the sleeve, you may need to remove the air from the bag. To do this simply lay the bagged magazine onto a flap surface with the cover down and gently bring your hand from the bottom of the bag to the top to let the air escape.

Congratulations! You have successfully removed, evaluated, and replaced your prized collectible. You may now store your collectible in a custom-made cardboard storage box, a well-supported book shelf, or any other form of storage that meets the space requirements for your collection.

What? What about Bug Bug?

NO! It's not mine! I only have it for the monthly calendar, which features the only fully-dressed female in the book!

Ooooooh...I've never thought of doing that with candle wax... She looks so... vulnerable...

Well, even though this book was obviously planted in my room by a prankster... this copy of Bug Bug 2000 #1 is in pristine condition, and the monthly calendar premium makes it even more of a collectible. Off you go, now... I'm going to... just... reorganize my plush toy display... yeah.

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