1. girls buy manga. 2. girls are usually turned off by the atmosphere and testosterone levels of most comic book stores. 3. girls go into bookstores with no problems.
Therefore, bookstores carry manga because girls buy it there. Comic book stores don't usually because no one comes in and buys it.
It's the basic problem comic book stores have always faced with the female market, they're just not inviting to the female perspective. Not usually. There are exceptions, but usually only in larger cities.
The store nearest me is a very fine-looking establishment. Unlike many comic book stores, it is in it's own building, not a small store in a strip. It is very well lit, the employees are very helpful, there are even female employees, it's clean, quiet, organized and very spacious. The exact opposite of most comic book stores.
But that's one store in my area. There are 4 others that range towards the extreme opposite.
Silva, I did find the manga comics at the bookstore. I had missed them. They were on the shelves back in the sci-fi/fantasy book section.
They had Bleach and Wish, but none of the others that you mentioned. Here is the catch though. They only had from 3 up and none of the first ones. I am going to another bookstore tomorrow that is further away and hopefully I will find some 1 and 2's there plus some of the other names you told me to look for.
Now that I know to check the bookstores, hopefully I will find all of themsince there are a number of bookstores within about 30 minutes of us.
I am of those people who have been into manga since the late 60’s; however, I am of the club that enjoys the brutally violent manga, with tons of carnage. Like Ninja Resurrection, Devil Man, GenoCyber, and so on etc…