First of all, there's not as many dealers this year as in previous years. One of my favorite seller wasn't even there *weep*. I had looked forward to shopping at his stall because he was the one guy who had imported books from Japan. I mean, this was the guy who made a Tohoshinki magazine available at an anime convention. He was also the only one to have Japanese language manga. Next, I had trouble finding most of what I need. Granted, what I want are either new releases (which may not be stocked yet) or obscure rare volumes. But explain to me why nobody had Ooku?! Lastly, I was really hoping to get an advance copy of Princess Knight (release date Oct 4) but when I walked by the Vertical table, I was informed it won't be coming out 'til November. Something to do with the cover now comes with glittery stuff and that pushes the release date back.
:)) See that big grin? This is the reason:
Yes, world, I have found Basara Vol 19 for a very sane price at $5.00. How, you ask? I'm not quite sure myself; it still seems surreal even now. But there I was, walking unenthusiastically around the dealers room when I stopped by a random small stall. I swept my eyes across the tiny selection of manga and there it was, tucked away so obscurely on the shelf. At first I thought it was some volume I already have but that my friend still doesn't, so I exclaimed to her, "Hey, Basara 19!" as if it was "Hey, Basara 17!" But then I realized what I was holding and it quickly became "OMG, BASARA FRIGGIN NINETEEN!" ^_^' Needless to say this one volume made the otherwise yieldless trip worthwhile.