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TOKYOPOP Teams up With Cracker Barrel to Let Us Read Disney Manga With a Side of Country Fried Steak

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In a collaboration that no one saw coming, manga distributor, TOKYOPOP, is working with all-day breakfast provider, Cracker Barrel, to bring Disney manga into their stores. To be more specific, the Nightmare Before Christmas manga will be available, perhaps somewhere between, checks Cracker Barrel website for book selection, pocket Bibles and children’s books?

There’s no word on whether or not this will be a one-time thing or if we can expect to see more manga (Disney or otherwise) in the “old country store.” Though I will say, if they’re sticking with Disney manga, there is apparently a LOT to choose from.

Now I don’t think anyone has a problem with this collaboration, it’s just one of those moments that has made manga readers (and maybe frequent Cracker Barrel foodies – is there such a thing?) go, “Huh?”

Oh, to be a fly on the wall when TOKYOPOP went to Cracker Barrel with the idea of providing some good ol’ fashion Jack Skellington reading material. Or was it the other way around? Is someone at Cracker Barrel HQ a diehard manga fan? A Nightmare Before Christmas fan? A fan of making us all scratch our heads and go, “Well, that certainly is… something?”

Whatever the case, it’s obvious that TOKYOPOP, at the very least, knew how we’d react to this, as their social media manager is having fun responding to the general consensus of, “No seriously, WTF?!”

And hey, it’s not like the collaboration is doing any harm, right?

Is Cracker Barrel a place one gets dragged to or do people go willingly? Full disclosure: I’ve never been to a Cracker Barrel in my life so I don’t know how their food is. I know that it is a restaurant chain that exists and that’s about it as I’m more of an Original Pancake House kind of girl. For fun, I looked up to see if there was one where I live and my entire state has a grand total of ONE Cracker Barrel, so I guess I won’t be able to live out my life’s dream of reading Disney manga while eating, checks online menu, “Loaded Hashbrown Casserole Tots.” Someone else will have to go to their nearest Cracker Barrel and let me know how that goes.

Or maybe this will start a bid for other all-day breakfast restaurants to start offering pancake syrup with a side of manga? Time to get in the game, IHOP.

(Image: Cracker Barrel/Disney)

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Briana (she/her - bisexual) is trying her best to cosplay as a responsible adult. Her writing tends to focus on the importance of representation, whether it’s through her multiple book series or the pieces she writes. After de-transforming from her magical girl state, she indulges in an ever-growing pile of manga, marathons too much anime, and dedicates an embarrassing amount of time to her Animal Crossing pumpkin patch (it's Halloween forever, deal with it Nook)