By the way, I've read some more of Electric Tale of Pikachu and I must say that I kind of love the way they handle pokémon training and licenses there. Makes more sense than both PokéSpe and the anime, and the games arguably.
Basically, in EToP, you have to take a half-day course and then a test. And if you pass, you'll be given a license. Having a license doesn't mean you're trying to become a professional trainer, you need to have a license even to have a pokémon as a pet!
If a trainer wishes to attempt to become a pro though, it's like attempting to become a pro at some other sport. You'll be allowed a leave from school (kids actually go to real school!) for a while, and if you manage to gain some success over that time, your leave can be extended. Otherwise you'll have to go back to school and your pokémon training career might never pick up speed again. Apparently only a few people every year become professional trainers (probably meaning they manage to beat some gyms) and only those who have beaten all the gyms become pokémon masters and are allowed into the large League tournament.
ALSO - real animals exist and pokémon are considered one species with countless subspecies. Yeah, this incarnation of the pokémon world definitely makes the most sense so far. Despite PokéSpe's awesomeness in plot and other ways ^^
I'm also reading EToP. I have read half of volume 1. I own all four VIZ volumes (which are much better than the magazine editions, btw). I even managed to find them all at fair prices (volume 3 is usually sold for $30 and volume 4 is usually sold for $75). I got them for $12 and $8.
You should also try reading Phantom Thief Pokémon 7. It's one of my favourites. Too bad that they didn't release chapter 13-24 in English.
I read the first chapter of Phantom Thief Pokémon 7. I liked it, I remember :) But I'm not sure why I didn't keep reading. Needless to say, there is a lot of nice material to go through on a boring summer's day! Now I wish I had a tablet instead of a laptop that gets overheated in sunlight.
There's still the uncomfortable subject of copyright and yada yada. But the last moderator here linked to scanlations so apparently it should be alright by PC's standards?
The scan policy has received a massive update. In the interest of encouraging as many people to read the manga as possible, the rules for scans have been lightened. Linking to them within the section is now allowed! However, do not directly host them here, by uploading them to this forum or by hotlinking many pages in a row. Hotlinking to a page here or there to make a point is within the rules, just not 3+ pages at once. Note that this rule is currently in a probation period with this section, and will be modified or taken away if it's abused.
Yeah, we're still in that probation period, aren't we ;D
There is Pikachu Meets the Press. I have it in my bookshelf, by the way. It isn't very well-known or popular. Fun fact: It was made in America and not Japan.
There are also 4Komas and 2Komas, but those aren't very popular either. They are basically 4 panel strips (4Koma) and 2 panel strips (2Koma) of gag comics. But I think that you can call 4Komas and 2Komas both comics and manga.
Then there's animanga, but that's neither comics or manga. It's just screenshots from the Pokémon movies / anime episodes, edited with speech bubbles. It's lazy, an insult to hardworking mangakas and just stupid (seriously, who buys edited sceenshots of a movie / episode when they can watch the actual movie / episode). Animanga needs to be killed with fire!
I just went ahead and finished reading most of Black and White up to the final 8 battle in the Pokemon League. Then accidentally read the start of Black 2 and White 2. Darn shouldn't have done that because I spoiled myself of what happened in the game since i haven't played B2W2.
Feel free to chat/message me anytime, I love to talk!