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Do you think Japanese People are the only ones who can become "Manga Artists"?
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I've been dreaming of becoming a manga-ka someday but I dont think I'll be, one day..

You see, I'm not a Japanese and I don't live in Japan but making manga someday is really my dream.

So, for the people who are not Japanese and who doesn't live in Japan but wants to be a manga artist someday, do you think Japanese People are the only ones who can become Manga Artists?

No flames please.
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Nope. I wanna be a manga artist too & I'm not Japanese! Have u heard of "Celestial Zone" manga? The artist is a Singaporean. Celestial Zone ended up being a very popular series. There is also Manhwa which is korean. The manga artists are Koreans so why not? We can do it too!
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Posted 5/10/08

DreamerSara wrote:

Nope. I wanna be a manga artist too & I'm not Japanese! Have u heard of "Celestial Zone" manga? The artist is a Singaporean. Celestial Zone ended up being a very popular series. There is also Manhwa which is korean. The manga artists are Koreans so why not? We can do it too!


Well I guess you're right XD

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I think that anybody can be a manga artist, just because majority of the people are Japanese, it doesn't mean that someone of a difference race can't do the same.
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Yeah, I disagree with that.
What annoys me is non-Japanese mangaka who write a manga in an English format (front to front and left to right) rather than the Japanese way, why would they do this? It's like destroying the biggest market for your books.
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no..one could hide one's nationality. who knows, some of the best manga is made by non-japanese artists...

anyone can become a manga artist...

it's just that...i guess you could say that ONLY JAPANESE ARTISTS HAVE THE RIGHT to draw mangas. it's a JAPANESE thing. it would be insulting if non-japanese try to take that away from the japanese.

if i were japanese i know that's how i'd feel.
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Posted 5/11/08

riavan wrote:

Yeah, I disagree with that.
What annoys me is non-Japanese mangaka who write a manga in an English format (front to front and left to right) rather than the Japanese way, why would they do this? It's like destroying the biggest market for your books.


yeah. that too.
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Indeed, if I wrote a manga, the first thing I would do was give myself a "Japanese author-screen name" sounds weird right? But do you see how many people cry about non-Japanese manga, for reasons right or wrong, you wouldn't want to get caught up in that.
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i disagree with it .
cos' there is no law saying that ?
& if non-japanese has the storyplot & talents , WHY NOT ?
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NO, if i may...im not japanese but im quite confident my art is comparable to the works of japanese mangaka (sorry im not boasting,this is just a fact abt myself...dun mean to look down on anyone ) im sure everyone,regardless of who they are,hav a chance of becoming mangakas...even if its not japanese but its still similar to manga rite...
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Posted 5/11/08
I don't think only Japanese can. I also want to be a manga artist.
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Beatriche wrote:

NO, if i may...im not japanese but im quite confident my art is comparable to the works of japanese mangaka (sorry im not boasting,this is just a fact abt myself...dun mean to look down on anyone ) im sure everyone,regardless of who they are,hav a chance of becoming mangakas...even if its not japanese but its still similar to manga rite...


I think you would need to be culturally aware of japan though, theres quite alot of things that come through in manga.

With your avatar, (I'm assuming it's meant to be from deathnote) you know there is a "B" (Beyond birthday) who is one of whammy's house prodigies in the death note novel "The los angeles BB murder cases".


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Posted 5/11/08
no, but most of the manga artist are Japanese
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Posted 5/11/08
Love the left-to-right reading style. Japanese knows their stuff. I hate manhwa cuz I don't like read the normal way, left-to-right. Plus the content whether it's shojo, seinen gave a lot of lessons to me.
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Posted 5/11/08
Would like to be a manga-ka too...and i'm not from Japan.
There are even koren manga-kas too...though their mangas are read from left to right.
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