Jason Thompson: Sometimes I forget how long manga can be compared to American comics. (Graphic novels with continuing storylines, I mean; Spider-Man has been running since 1962, but nobody ever sits down and reads it from beginning to end.) The other day I was at a comic store buying the English edition of Hirohiko Araki's Rohan at the Louvre, and the store owner commented that he'd heard of Araki before, but it was one of those super epic manga that he was scared of starting to read because it was so long. "Oh yeah!" I answered cheerfully. "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure! It's 106 volumes in Japan, but you should check out the English edition, it's only 16 volumes!" He looked at me as if I had just told him I had eaten a bathtub full of bugs.