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Why Quality Control Matters

I don’t know if it’s just me, or if I’m the only person left reading this manga, and I don’t want to beat on CMX, since they have been making inroads for bringing out new, good manga, but this has really been bothering me.

One of the series’ CMX is releasing is King of Cards, a kind of shojo version of Yu Gi Oh!, but not really. It’s a good series, with enough tweaks to make it different from the other card game manga. Well, I finally got around to reading Volume 2. I got King of Cards Volume 2about 2/3 of the way through the book, right at the climax of the main game of the book. It’s the page where the heroine stands up, proclaiming “I Win!”, but her opponent just smirks and…it immediately repeats the last 20 pages, coming back to that same page, but on the next page the action picks up several more pages in! I have no idea what happened! Why Manami didn’t win! Why she and her cousin were looking at playing her opponent again!!! Why?! Why right there?!?!
King of Cards: Volume 2

I stopped reading, since is seemed kind of pointless to go on without knowing what happened to get to that page. I then did the one thing that seemed logical. I contacted CMX and explained my situation. It’s not like it was my fault, and I couldn’t return it. I preordered it through Previews. A few days later I got a reply back, apologizing for the error and offering to send me a replacement as I requested. All I want to do is finish the story. A week after my email, I get a package in the mail, or a brand spanking new King of Cards Volume 2. I turn to the place where the printing error was…..and this one has the same error! I emailed CMX again, telling them of the problem. They apologized again, thanked me for letting them know, and that seems to be the end of it.

But, I’m still in the same situation. I can’t finish reading the story. I searched around online, and didn’t find anyone else complaining of this problem. I couldn’t find anything on Volume 2 beyond sale items. I found one preview for volume 2, but that was it. So, am I the only one reading this series? Did no one else get to the end to notice the printing error? Or am I the unluckiest person on the planet to have gotten two books with the exact same printing error in twice?

When I contacted CMX about this, it didn’t seem too concerned about it, so I don’t know if they really didn’t know, or just didn’t care. This is really frustrating to me. I don’t quite know what to do, since I don’t know if it’s just me. I don’t want to buy another copy. I certainly won’t find one in my local bookstore or LCS. It’s not popular enough to get stocked. And I don’t want to try online only to find I get the same printing error AGAIN. If anyone has any suggestions, or has a good copy, please let know.

Decisions, Decisions…..

Oh! Pay me! (If you get that….)

It that time of the month again. Yes, that’s right. It’s time to do my Previews order. It wasn’t so bad this time. Only eleven titles on my first count, and two weren’t too hard to drop. I had considered getting the title Kannazuki no Miko. It’s only two volumes longs, but it’s an “only if I’ve got nothing else to get”, and I’ve got more to get . The other was Good Witch of the West. That was a little harder to give up. The story was finally getting good. We’re out of the courts and into the wilds, facing the “dragons” (dinosaurs), and finally searching for the meaning behind the Star Queen. But the other titles that are scheduled to come out are more interesting to me.

That takes me down to 9 titles, and a total of $60.72, right at the top of my limit. There are some new titles coming out in April that I’d like to read. Two are from Viz; Fairy Cube by Kaori Yuki. I’ve become a big fan of her work. And Record of a Fallen Vampire. I don’t know much about this series, but before it was licensed, I had gotten the first volume in scanalation. It obviously sounded interesting to me. Some publisher should hire me to scout titles. I’m obviously doing pretty good at it since most of the books I pick to check out get licensed soon after.

There is one title I’m going to see if my youngest might be interested in. Tokyopop has another Disney based title. This one is Fairies, about Tinkerbell and her fairy friends. My youngest actually likes being a girl, and she might be interested it. I wonder, why is it the Japanese are faster to take advantage of licenses like this than we are? Is it more expensive to get a domestic license? This is second Disney manga (not cine-manga) that Tokyopop has released. The first was with the Disney Kilala Princesses. Think there’s any chance of getting Deltora Quest brought over here?

So, now I’ve given the background of my order, here’s my problem. CMX is soliciting a new series. It’s by the same manga-ka as The Palette of 12 Secret Colors, Nari Kusakawa, and is called Two Flowers for the Dragon. It’s a teen shoujo title with a girl that can turn into a dragon, who is faced with two suitors that she must choose between. Two reasons make me want to check out this series: it’s by Nari Kusakawa, and it’s got a dragon in it. That’s about all I need. But, I’m already at my limit. So, I’m going to leave it up to all you readers. Do I go off my “diet” and get Two Flowers for the Dragon, or do I be a good girl? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.