I recently agreed to participate in a photo blog series about people’s manga shelves over at Manga Bookshelf. This opportunity to show off has given me a little pause as I prepare and photograph my collection. Is my collection interesting or is it a little one-sided? Are my shelves too messy because I share them with a few of my work materials, DVDs and tchotchkes? And, most importantly, how much manga do I actually have?!
As I explained last week, in a discussion about moving with your manga collection, my collection is technically split between my mom’s house (all high school and college purchases) and my current apartment.
Someday, the two collections will be reunited when I can have my dream home office. The walls will be painted a calming color reminiscent of green tea. I will have a spacious desk looking out onto a beautiful garden, instead of a kitchen table looking out onto some palm trees that need trimming. There will be many short bookcases lining the perimeter, so nothing falls on me during an earthquake. And, if I get my way, there will be a cute corgi or corgi-mix (rescued, of course) lying at my feet as I work! But until I get a large-enough home office, I won’t know exactly how much manga I own.
Right now, I know I have 1,080 volumes of manga, manhwa and OEL titles, including series that are split between my apartment and my mom’s place. At my best guess, that probably accounts for about one half to two-thirds of my entire collection, leaving the rest uncounted at my mom’s. (Update: After visiting my mother over the long weekend, I’ve determined that I have 1414 volumes of manga in total.) That’s with 2-in-1 and 3-in-1 omnibi counted as one volume and not including anything I classified as non-manga comics or my boyfriend’s much smaller collection of manga and comics. Yeah.
So, how many manga do you own? Do you catalog what manga you own? If so, how do you do it? If not, why haven’t you bothered taking stock of your collection?
This was my first time trying to catalog my collection, so I’m afraid it was a lot of me hunching over the bookshelves in my apartment and scribbling in a notebook.