So I realized I'm a bit odd in that I enjoy art and I take Japanese classes, yet I'm not really into manga or anime. I thought I'd fix that by picking up some manga (in English, my Japanese in not quite that good yet for most stuff). However... I walked into the sci-fi/manga book store here and was greeted by row after row of ultra-generic-looking cutesy, robot and ninja manga, as well as an high amount of pretty boys holding eachother. I started browsing through the shelves but soon gave up as it didn't seem to be organized into categories.
So what I'd like are some recommendations on manga you've enjoyed. I'm pretty flexible when it comes to genre and setting, but I'd like to avoid action and overly pretentious, philosophical stuff. I recently enjoyed the Phoenix Wright games, which featured mystery, spirits, drama and comedy, if that's any help. I also like horror / haunting stuff in my movies and books.
So far I've been recommended Uzumaki and Monster which I'll order when I get around to it. Anything else you'd recommend?
And oh, the artwork is pretty important to me as well, otherwise I'd just be reading books.