Do. The art work is beautiful and they are fun to read. But i only own one manga at the time. I would have bought more, but then i discovered that my local library holds some of my favorites. and my friends have all the rest.
Do. I have to admit I was an addict. I read them, I bought them, I stopped reading books because of them. Some of the stories are really good, and most of them are real artworks. I learned drawing with them, but then my style changed and I got out of my addiction ;) they are expensive, 7-9 Euros ! But I do not like the free online sites, it is not the same (I guess that's a question of taste, I also prefer real newspapers...) so what now? I read Manga when I am at our mainstation in one of the bookshops, beside that I am subscribed to the magazine 'daisuki' it comes every month and has one or two chapters of different manga in it. That is a nice alternative to buying all the series. And I do like to look into them from time to time...
Definitely a do. I find it hard to argue against. Granted some people get into it a bit heavily (I too know a guy who went to Prom costumed up and was a heavy manga reader, but I can fairly say the two were unrelated; he was Boba Fett and on the Prom Court, hence the reason dressing up in the first place, but that story is neither here nor there), but that's no reason to trash an entire art form. I find most people reject it based on the grounds of "it's childish and immature" because they liken it to comic books kids would read. But these arguments are usually never founded solidly in truth. Yes there are manga out there that are childish and immature, and they are aimed at an audience of children, but there are also manga out there aimed at older audiences that deal with the same subjects that you would find in a novel. To dismiss them simply because they employ artwork to help convey the story just seems ludicrous to me.
definitely do. i must admit, there are some pretty bad mangas, but that doesn't mean all manga is a waste of time. mangas are just like books, they have plots and characters etc., but of instead of using words to convey a story, they use illustrations.
For me it's Do, - i adore manga, i love to read it and draw it. I was once obsessed with it but that just sort of faded away and i'd never have gone as far as to go to prom dressed up like a character. I also love the way real manga is read because its so different to what i'm used to. For me, it just adds to the fun of the book.
As for your brother i think it's just a personal preference thing, i had an art teacher in high school who practically refused it was an art form when half of my GCSE art class loved it!