On this episode of Manga Mavericks, Colton & Lum bring on yuri scholar and founder of Okazu, Erica Friedman, to discuss My Solo Exchange Diary! A two volume autobiographical manga from Nagata Kabi that is also a follow up to her previously released My Lesbian Experiece With Loneliness, which we also covered on the podcast back in 2017! We have a very open discussion about how the success of Kabi’s works in the west have made it possible for other autobiographical manga to be picked up, as well as how that success has contributed to Kabi’s life and work both positively and negatively.

This discussion was originally posted exclusively on our Patreon a year ago, which we decided to make available publicly not only to give listeners a peek at what we have to offer for potential patrons, but to also celebrate the release of Nagata Kabi’s latest work, My Alcoholic Escape From Reality, of which we will also be releasing a podcast about on our Patreon at the end of this month! So if you enjoyed this discussion, be sure sign up soon to listen to it when its out! Until then, enjoy the episode!


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00:00 – Intro/Patron Shout Out & Other Patreon Stuff

15:33 – Top Selling Manga Series in the First Half of 2021

33:36 – Top Selling Light Novels in the First Half of 2021

37:13 – May 2021 Bookscan List

42:48 – Dramatic Increase in Manga Sales Over the Past Year

48:26 – My Solo Exchange Diary Discussion

2:17:51 – A Lot of Community Shout-Outs!:

2:56:09 – Wrap-Up

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About The Author Colton

Colton is just your regular glasses wearing nerd residing in Saint Louis, Misery (that's a joke) who loves reading and collecting manga as a hobby and also records too many podcasts! He started off his podcasting escapades in 2013 when he created Life Lessons: The Gintama Manga Cast, which was a show dedicated to Gintama and its past English release of the manga. From there he became the co-host of shows such as the Manga Corner from Anime3000, Heavenly Kings, One Podcast Prevails and many more. Colton first discovered manga back in 2006 when he bought his first issue of Shonen Jump, and ever since then, his love and passion for manga took off from there! His favorite titles include Sket Dance, Eyeshield 21, My Hero Academia and much, much more. Colton can be found frequenting sites such as Anilist and Twitter under the handle of sniperking323.

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