For those who don't know, manga is basically the name for Japanese comics. There are several key differences though a) American comics are dominated by two publishing companies, Marvel and DC. Manga is not. b) There is more variety in manga. Comics are mostly super heroes in the real world, as far as I can tell. Manga has superheroes, yes, but they have different settings, and thus seem less repetitive. c) There are a large section of manga targeted towards a female demographic (It is a genre called shoujo. The "male" manga is known as shounen). American comics don't have this effort of targeting of female readership. Maybe this has changed and I haven't heard about it. d) Manga is cheap. Comics are not. Do you read it? Do you like it? Do you have a favorite genre/manga? Anything that bugs you? I'll go first. I like manga, mainly because I can get it free off of one of those manga sharing sites. But I also feel the stories I find to be compelling. I know a lot of good manga, but my favorite would be Hayate the Combat Butler. It's a comedy action series with a fair amount of romance, but mainly comedy. The comedy can get dark, so if that isn't your thing, then it probably isn't for you. As for pet peeves, I'll be honest, I feel bad Shoujo as a whole is more uncomfortable than bad Shounen. Now the difference between Shoujo and Shounen is this- Shoujo is more focused on romance, while Shounen includes much more action. The drawing styles are also generally different. What bothers me about Shoujo though, is that its tropes are a lot more uncomfortable than Shounen. A bad shounen manga is generally a cheese fest about the power of friendship, just lame. A bad shoujo might include have a girl get together with a guy who is an absolute douche to her, but the heroine can't help but love him anyway, even though there seems to be no redeeming features. There might be an almost rape subplot in which the perp gets away with a light slap and a chastisement from the heroine. I know human relationships are complicated, but that doesn't seem healthy to me, and I don't think pop culture should depict this model of romance as a positive one.