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Do you think Japanese People are the only ones who can become "Manga Artists"?
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Posted 9/14/08

Moonlightmegumi wrote:

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.


I want to be one too! It is hard because we are foreigners but I suppose it is possible so lets try out best!
Posted 9/15/08
anyone cn be one but it's just a matter where u can make it looks nice or not...
no offence but most mangas that i read that are not jap dont really look as good compared to the ones drawn by japanese
eg. it's gotta be love: from a korean drawer
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Posted 9/16/08
parsay the reason the jap ones look so good is because it's virtually a lifestyle and career there, unlike other countries where as people have to work a "9 to 5" first before we can get to drawing manga each day. If it's made clear we can pay our bills, and get by whilst practicing 8+ hours a day, then i can guarantee you that you'll see the same skill level come from other countries in the very near future. But yeah, right now japan holds the crown as the manga king because they started it and in my eyes, not sure if anyone else sees it this way or not, or i'm just bitter, but they simply refuse to let anyone without inordinate skill give it a shot, for any reason or another. Sometimes i wonder if they don't let us non-japanese make manga on purpose.....
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Posted 9/23/08 , edited 9/23/08
No.

Talents go through any nationality and race. It's the matter of knowing the basic elements of what a Japanese manga should be like so that it can still have the feeling even if it is made by a non-japanese artist.

Technique and style would always differ ( this is not even different for japanese mangakas). The important things are the key elements.

*indepth and very unique storyline (may it be even josei or seinen type of mangas)
*basic character characteristics
*basic emotion expressions
*basic visual artwork
*there must be an expression of culture (it may be of the japanese if your working as a mangaka in japan or it may be of your own country like in Manwhas - korean mangas)

etc.
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22 / F / Trinidad and Tobago
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Posted 9/23/08
no, i'm a self-proclaimed amateur mangaka
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Posted 9/23/08
Ummm no. I believe any race can become a "Manga Artist" as long as their talented in drawing and animation and etc =]]
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Posted 9/23/08
I'm a professional comic book illustrator, and my style was strongly influenced by manga and anime as I was growing up. However, I believe that for it to actually be called "manga" you do indeed need to be Japanese (or maybe just living in Japan, since manga is "from Japan"). But don't let that crush your dreams! Keep drawing and make it a career if you want. It doesn't have to be manga to be good.
Posted 9/24/08
To be honest..of course we can :)
even not as good as mangaka from japan
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Posted 9/24/08
D: HELL NO







Cuz I wanna be a manga write :3
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Posted 9/24/08
not really, i know people who weren't Japanese and just wrote manga and got it published. but usually in Japan you have to do a lot more, like write heaps of yomi kiris (short stories) and then have to get accepted to write a ongoing story in something like Ribbon, Nakayoshi or Ciao and then every 4 months if your story had kept going your manga turns into your first volume. Then after another 4 months another volume, kind of thing, but thats just how it works in Japan.

You could move to japan and start it like that. All you need is to know a little Japanese to talk to your assistant and then get a translator.
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Posted 11/24/08
No.I want to be a mangaka too!*high fives everyone who thinks the same* So,keep on dreaming girl! I'm not Japanese either....but everyone says my drawing is like a manga...Heh!So...reach for the stars,I say!
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Posted 11/24/08
I'll have to answer YES... I mean mangas are technically Japanese Comics and the adjective Japanese means that a Japanese person drew it... So a non-Japanese becoming a mangaka is unlikely... However, you can still become an artist that is not called a mangaka and make a genre of (insert race here) comics i.e. Filipino comics by a Filipino artist and Chinese comics by a Chinese artist... I mean mangakas must be Japanese and Filipino comic artists must be Filipino...

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Posted 11/24/08
no, not only japanese,
Posted 11/24/08
No i read few manga that are not made by japanese such as Dramacon and the creator Mark Cilley
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Posted 11/25/08
***any one that could draw well can be a manga artist

is tht right.......!
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