I was reading manga the other day, when a friend asked what I was reading. I told her, and she said something along the lines of, "Oh, never mind, I thought it was a real book."
I know several people that consider manga to be sort of a comic book - much different, and dumber, than a 'real' book. I don't really think of them as different, and I like them both equally. I don't think either format is less 'real' than the other - they're just different formats. Sure, there's dumb manga, but there's also dumb books; and there are some really great mangas out there.
So I was curious what my readers thought: Manga - 'real' literature, or childish comic books?