A couple months back when Gia first talked about how the latest manga Volume 57
of One Piece
was actually going to be printing a staggering One MILLION units. I had an epiphany that related to a TV series I greatly enjoy. I am an avid member of the audience for the San Fransisco based show known as Mythbusters
that airs on Discovery Channel
. On one of their episodes that came from last season. The Mythbusters got word that by interweaving the pages of two common phone books together it would render them impossible to separate. You have to see this to just believe how strong they could be.
What About Manga?
As you could see. They did eventually fail, but the force required was more then the weight of two cars. This got me wondering. If phone books just put together are so strong. What would we get if the same thing was done using two manga volumes? Could they be as or nearly as strong? When it comes down to it. The way phone books and manga are produced are pretty similar.
The elements behind this experiment are as simple as could be. It's just the act of friction that is compounded. The pages in these kinds of books are not perfectly smooth, but made up of incredible small, individual fibers. When pressed together by the friction of the pages. The friction is multiplied. Each fiber rubs against the other. Thus holding them all in place. Your average manga volume is around 200+ pages, when counting both sides.
Average Manga Dimensions
H- 7.5 in. (19.05 cm)
W- 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Armstrong couldn't pull them apart.
This gives us a total surface area of 37.5 sq. inches (242 sq. cm)
per page. Multiply that by 400. That's 15,000 sq. inches (96,800 sq. cm)
of total surface area. That's a LOT
of friction working.
I ran a small scale experiment of weaving just twenty pages each of two volumes. I couldn't pull them apart. It was rather intriguing. The scientific side of me would love to see the full extent of mangas, but the book lover in me would never advocate damaging a book. Not even one made by VIZ
. What do you all think? -Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt
) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.-