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Do you think Japanese People are the only ones who can become "Manga Artists"?
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23 / F / West Ar Rifa`
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Posted 8/13/08
my friend not japanese and her manga rock
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24 / F / crunchyLand...You...
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Posted 8/13/08
of course not...
but japanese people have an edge though...
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No, i've seen some great manga from outside japan. Koren manga and even american manga that rock!
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25 / M / Riding the Galaxy...
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Posted 8/13/08
Koreans are pretty good manga artists as well, but Americans only have luck in the comic book businesses such as Marvel or DC..
I like the Black God manga from the Korean manga artist..
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20 / F / Tampa, Florida
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Posted 8/14/08
Well... there's always manhwas. =D
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24 / F / Belgium
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Belgian Comics are the best!!! Apart from all the...nudity...
Posted 8/14/08
Of course not. But so far i havent seen a popular manga artist who is not Japanese. BUt, you can always try.
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20 / F / dullsville
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well, its sort of a jap thing, but anyone can be someone if they work hard for it and have the talent.
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23 / GermanY -,-
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Posted 8/16/08 , edited 8/16/08
of course not there are many non japs who made a big hit with their mangas even non azn's...

but i guess japans still best in it...
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25 / M / Farmington, MN
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Yeah this is what i'm worried about, since I'm from America I feel there might be some serious cultural tension of me trying to bring forth a manga regardless of how good it may or may not be. However, I feel most everyone is right, anyone can be a mangaka if you put forth enough effort, but the Japanese ineed are the best as they are the ones that started it. But who cares? Think of it this way, they're the best, so we should try to strive to be as good as them and do our part in producing material to continue this hobby(and sometimes lifestyle for some) to pay respect to what they brought us..... keep manga going is what I say!


kayre wrote:

i don't think just anyone can become a mangaka because in order to create the manga one has to be exposed to the Japanese culture. The kind of experience with the culture in my opinion can't be made in a few years. It's not easy to become one with some culture and understand it fully or know it by heart. so i think we should just leave it to the pros who are Japanese XD just my opinion.


I strictly disagree with this post, I'm not flaming I'm just standing my ground. Sorry but there are people who are not content with just reading manga anymore, we want to make it too. But you don't NEED to know the Japanese culture as there are some manga that aren't based upon Japan where as the necessity to fully understand the culture is needed. The first that pops in my head is Hellsing, completely based in another country(England or something like that), so who needs to know it there? But I'm willing to learn Japanese and move to Japan for some time to at least get a better grasp anyway.(and visit my family that lives over there of course )

I believe the reason people think they will fail is because the first thing that people think when hearing manga is anime, and anime originated in Japan. That and most manga we know about comes from Japan so I assume some people feel the whole business of manga comes from, and is strictly licensed to be produced by Japan. However this is untrue and I'm more than willing to bet if you presented a company(shonen jump advanced, tokyopop, etc etc) with a good enough plot, or even a book or two you drew up yourself for them, that they would likely at least consider it for sure and if they like it maybe you could have just landed your dream career.

The main point in this? DO NOT think it's impossible, but make sure if you're making a manga, to know your stuff when making that manga, ie: if it originates in Japan, then you should really consider learning a good deal about the culture first, but if not then know the culture of where it's located.

Oh and another thing, maybe it would be best to make one outside of japanese culture, think of it this way from their perspective for a moment. Let's say manga originated in america instead, and since i'm american i'm reading the comics of my culture over and over again. wouldn't that get boring after a while? I mean, I already know my culture and all but then another comes by that's different, perhaps I wanted to learn a little on this new culture and this manga happened to be based out of that same place, woudn't that be MORE interesting and I would want to read it more? Just a thought...

But I hope this clarified some fears in some people and assured you all that it's not impossible, just likely it requires us to take an extra step or two, nothing more.
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23 / F / Croatia
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Posted 9/6/08
Nope.......
I mean ---- There are many German mangakas for example
( and they aren't japanese.......... )
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Posted 9/6/08
no ... everyone who have talent for that can

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25 / M / Farmington, MN
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Alright, I've spent the past ~10 hours researching this, simply to say I want to be a mangaka more now than I did earlier and I've found that becoming a real, true mangaka that produces an authentic, actual japanese in its entirety manga from outside japan is a very, very long road to travel. This isn't to say it wouldn't be worth it but I can say for those of us who are not japanese who cannot simply start working in the japanese business, we can do it, but it will take more time.... much more time.

I believe that anyone can make a good manga, however it seems many of the people cannot produce as high of quality manga as the japanese.... don't get discouraged! This isn't a bad fact when you consider the ammount of skill behind the artists who produced them vs ours. It's like comparing a novice to a fully trained professional, the difference is clear but that novice can potentially surpass the 'pro' one day with enough training and dedication. Remember, this has been a hobby for you for the past few or many years, it's been a CAREER for them for the past few decades, lol, don't get discouraged by the naysayers that don't remember this fact or who ignore it. Remember Americans, Koreans, Germans, Frenchies, or anyone can produce that level of quality 'graphic novel'(for those who are so concieted to say manga is strictly for japan), you just need the practice that's all. Fear not people who cannot draw manga as good as a japanese mangaka of many decades, the japanese are simply really, really, really good at it because it's sort of a lifestyle for them, we can get that good too we just need to put enough effort into it. There is no special genetic code or gene that allows them to draw like that, they simply drew for more years than we knew how to draw.
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Posted 9/6/08 , edited 9/6/08

jellybean101 wrote:

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.


That's true. I want to make a manga, but I'm doing it the Japanese way, because the manga style is a japanese entertainment form;so, it's obvious that I have to draw it from right to left (is kinda weird, but I got used to that when I was 14; when I started to draw my first manga-style stories), not left to right (it's not a Korean mangwa).
And since I learned Japanese two years ago, I'm also translating the text to japanese (with the help of several japanese-english/english-japanese dictionaries, and a japanese keyboard) by myself.
And one of the best things is that my middle name (Mari) is also used as a popular girls name in Japan, I can use it as a pen name and then I wouldn't sound like trying to be japanese.
I hope that work someday would pay off.

I'm not saying that non Japanese or non Koreans cannot draw manga, but if someone who's not, at least should have the decency of doing it in that format; right to left in Japanese if the manga is going to be published in Japan or left to right in Korean if it's going to be published in South Korea.


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25 / M / Farmington, MN
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Posted 9/7/08
yeah i agree, if you want to draw manga on a serious or professional level, you have to adhere to their rules and cannot bend or break any for any such reason. It's more of a respect factor I guess, if we want to give back to the business we should do it their way
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