A couple of tweets came across my Twitter timeline making some unfavorable comments about a panel at SDCC 2016; “Comics vs Manga: Which is Better.” The panel was supposed to have a “panel of experts” in both comics and manga, and looked to compare things such as getting started, diversity, plot, sales, and fandom. I didn’t attend the panel, but I respect the commentor’s opinion. And the description of the panel didn’t make me think I should doubt them.
The Viz Media panel was the only manga related panel I chose to go for a few reasons. One, we were short on time since we were commuting, Thursday only had two that held any relation to manga, and none of industry, and I wasn’t impressed with the Shonen Jump Panel last year. It was all cheer leading, and no real news. And they tricked me this year! Last year the Viz industry panel was on Thursday, thus one of the impetus to change to going on Thursday. Instead, they put both the Viz panels on Friday, and nothing on Thursday! Why SDCC??