After watching some Naruto as a young kid and seeing that there were books of it when I grew up, I decided to buy a random volume to see what this manga stuff was all about. I really enjoyed reading it. From then on I have bought a ton more of manga .
AnimeNYC and a small but popular local convention in my state, I've gone to both and had a blast at them. It's really fun to buy merch, support local artists, and meet people with similar interests that you share.