Diamond Adds Manga Specialist

As part of its commitment to promoting the ever-expanding field of manga, Diamond has announced the addition of a manga specialist, Kevin Bolk, to its Inside Sales team.

Bolk, who has followed the manga art form for close to a decade, will serve as an Inside Sales Representative for the department. Previously, he spent nine months as a member of Diamond's Customer Service Department.

"I love manga, and look forward to sharing my passion for this highly lucrative format with Diamond's customers," said Bolk. "More importantly, retailers should feel free to contact me directly should they have any questions regarding manga titles and how best to market them to their customers."

In recent years, Western consumers have become increasingly fascinated with Japanese pop culture, as seen in the success of related television shows, movies, and specialty market products. Manga continues to receive nationwide coverage from an array of noted sources, including Fortune Magazine, the Washington Post, Time Magazine, and the New York Times, to name a few. Furthermore, ICv2.com has reported that "the manga market in the United States and Canada added up to something between $90 million and $110 million last year, an increase of nearly 50 percent over 2002, and this year looks even better," making it clear that manga can be a powerful addition to any retailer's inventory.

Retailers interested in speaking with Bolk in regards to manga can contact him by telephone at (800) 452-6642, ext. 359, or via e-mail at [email protected]

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