Val d’Oise. Mangas, comics: the Mandibulles bookstore in Ermont attracts comic book fans

Stéphan Sultan, the manager of Mandibulles, one of his favorites of the moment in his hands, Ballade pour Sophie by Filipe Melo and Juan Cavia.
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She’s new to the neighborhood and her shelves are already preying on comic book buffs. Mandibulles bookstorewhich faces the town hall ofErmont (Val-d’Oise) and from which escapes a subtle smell of wood and paper, made in the thriller, the fantastic, the politics, the news, the History, the science fiction or the western . This, through the prism of comics.

One in four books sold is a comic

Stéphan Sultan, a great fan of comics and former head of the section devoted to this field at the Grand Cercle, in Éragny-sur-Oise, had dreamed for years of opening a specialized bookstore, as there are many in Paris and very few in the suburbs.

It’s a way for Valdois readers to avoid going to the capital to find what they’re looking for and, for me, to have access to the latest news.

Stephan SultanHead of the comics department

Mandibulles is the second bookstore of its kind to open in Val-d’Oise. Impressions, in Enghien-les-Bains, had until now the monopoly. However, it is not the readers of comics and manga that are lacking.

“A historic boom”

Stéphan Sultan chose his moment well and could not have hoped for an opening under better auspices.

The comic book market is experiencing a historic boom, thanks in particular to the explosion of manga.

Stephan Sultan

One in four books sold would be a comic book according to a study by the firm Gfk and the manga would indeed represent more than half of comic book sales in 2021. An iron health that pushed Stéphan Sultan to take the plunge despite the unattractive prospects in the field of culture. And the comings and goings in the young Ermont bookshop are rather auspicious.

“I found the collector’s edition of volume 13 of Jujutsu Kaisen,” rejoices Yanis, 18, leaving the store. A find that is all the more pleasing as this young man from Ermont did not have to pay a euro to obtain it, thanks to his Culture pass, the system deployed last year to facilitate access for 15-18 year olds to culture.

And because everything is told in bubbles, Stéphan Sultan has taken care to satisfy all comic book lovers entering his bookstore by devoting part of his shelves to each of the genres. “Comics are no longer assimilated to a literary subculture. More and more topics are addressed by gender. Today, to go around all that is done in comics, it would take more than one life, “he notes, scanning the different departments of his shop.

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Mandibulles, 55, rue Louis-Savoie, open Mondays from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Axelle BICHON

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