Started by Wild_Magnus, May 12, 2005, 11:58:04 AM
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QuoteA tankōbon is the Japanese term for a compilation volume of a series (such as a manga or a novel series), as opposed to a magazine or a complete works series that contain multiple series.Japanese manga is typically published in weekly/monthly compilations (such as Afternoon or Shonen Jump). These compilations often have hundreds of pages and dozens of individual story lines by different authors. Since these weekly/monthly editions are printed on very cheap newsprint, they are considered disposable. Tankobon collect multiple chapters from a single author and reprint them in a roughly paperback-sized volume on higher quality paper.In English, tankoubon are regularly referred to as graphic novels, especially in reference to manga.