The first selection for today is Genshiken, vol. 1 by Kio Shimoku. Here's how publisher Del Rey describes this popular manga:
It’s the spring of freshman year, and Kanji Sasahara is in a quandary. Should he fulfill his long-cherished dream of joining an otaku club? Saki Kasukabe also faces a dilemma. Can she ever turn her boyfriend, anime fanboy Kousaka, into a normal guy? Kanji triumphs where Saki fails, when both Kanji and Kousaka sign up for Genshiken: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture.
Undeterred, Saki chases Kousaka through the various activities of the club, from costume-playing and comic conventions to video gaming and collecting anime figures–learning more than she ever wanted to about the humorous world of the Japanese otaku!
The second selection for today is Will Eisner's classic graphic novel, A Family Matter:
In the span of twenty-four hours, the darkest family secrets are revelaed.
In the span of twenty-four hours, long suppressed memories surface--betrayal, abuse, greed, incest, and worse.
In the span of twenty-four hours, a strained family comes together, only to be torn apart.
In the span of twenty-four hours, witness a family that might live next door--or might even be your own.
To enter for a chance to win one of these graphic novels, simply do the following:
Send me an email with your name, your postal address, which graphic novel you want, and a sentence or two telling me why you want it. Please put 'FGNW' and the title of the graphic novel you want in the subject of your email.
You can enter once per day (but only once)--that means that you have to choose which of the two graphic novels you want. Also, you can only win once, so if you are picked you can't enter any more. But you can keep entering each day until you win. (You must be 18 or older and live in the United States.)
Entries must be received by 11:59 pm EDT, and the winners will be announced tomorrow morning. Then I'll announce the next two graphic novels, and this will continue all week.
(Full details, including the fine print, are available here.)