Im someone who likes shorter dyed hair on a girl but really it matters more on the person. I really doubt this has anything to to with my love of anime and more to do with how involved I am in the punk and raver cultures.
Im not really an American comic fan. I have tried to get into them but nothing really has stuck with me. A few of my friends are huge comic fan and don't get manga. We have fun comparing comics to manga. Really when it comes down to it they have a totally separate feel. Plus western story telling and Japanese story telling have very different formats.