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Do you think Japanese People are the only ones who can become "Manga Artists"?
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20 / F / Under your bed
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Posted 3/25/10
Well not really. Everyone has unique talents when it comes to art.
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19 / F / Philippines
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everyone can become the people they want to be. it's just a matter of determination and perseverance.
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17 / F / pleasantville
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Posted 3/25/10
i would lik 2 be a manga-ka but i suk at drawin n stuuf but i think we can also b manga-kas since der isnt a law dat says other races cnt be a manga-ka rite?
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F / Far Far Away
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Posted 3/25/10
We don't think Japanese people r d only ones who cn become manga artists.... We also want 2 b manga artists,ya know...
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20 / F / sometimes in Wond...
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Posted 3/25/10
We only think that way because most of the mangakas are from Japan.
If mangas were that popular like they are in Japan,then the chances for a western mangaka (who don't speak Japanese)
will be better!
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21 / F / Philippines
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Posted 3/26/10
i dont think so... my friend(a filipino also) is staying in hawaii right know... and she is making a manga
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24 / M / Highlands
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Posted 3/26/10

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!


the bigger question is more like can non-asian be a good/successful manga artists because so far most ppl has been name asian ones
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Posted 3/28/10
Fred Perry, the author of Gold Digger is often mentioned as a Western Manga Artist.

O know that Korean Manga are refered to as Manhwa so it might be possible that manga written by for instance, Americans would be called something else.
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21 / F / Singapore
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Posted 3/29/10
No there is no law about it plus i too would love to be a manga-ka.I have an empty book that i had just bought and i am going to write(and draw maybe)stories that i had thought up of during my spare time.
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Posted 3/29/10
While I don't think that it should be limited to race I do believe it is much harder for an American to gain any huge success with their manga, mainly because of the hardcore Japan-o-philes who really go and buy a ton of manga, they only want a Japanese made product just for it being a Japanese product and they would most likely hate any American trying to make anything like it just because it's an American made product. Although that might not be true there are also factors to take in like if your Manga is terrible or if you don't have the budget to do things you want to do.

Wow I think I over analyzed a bit. XD
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21 / M / Dreamland
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Posted 3/29/10
i think others can become a mangaka too..but probably the support goes to the japanese
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27 / United Kingdom
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Posted 3/29/10
I cant say half the same things.. one of my FAVORITE manga's in my growing collection is Hollow Fields, by Madeleine Rosca, an Australian graphic designer/artist turned Mangaka. The manga started off being a release on Wirepop (http://www.wirepop.com) where it was spotted by publisher Seven Seas, and they contacted her out of the blue to offer her a deal (note also this was only 1 or 2 chapters into said novel).

Anyways having seen a decent range of Manga by Graphic Novelists outside of Japan, (and I do mean Manga, right to left reading with familiar expressions and styles), various publishers like Seven Seas and Tokyo Pop are always on the lookout for fresh talent and stories outside of Japan, so you shouldn't give your hopes up if you wish to succeed in this industry. Besides that its probably just as difficult to get into the industry in Japan as it is abroad... if not more difficult because of the competition there.

So for those of you who wish to enter this industry, it may be very likely that you will be rejected repeatedly by various publishers, in fact it's quite certain that you will. However do give up hope, keep trying, and Good luck to you all!! (trivia: so was Harry Potter... the first volume was rejected outright by every big name publisher)

for those of you who might be interested in Hollow Fields, the first volume is avaliable free to view here: http://www.gomanga.com/webmanga/index.php?series=hollow&page=1
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Posted 3/29/10
No offense, but for some reason, American mangakas (or the guys who draw comics), i see some who can draw Japanese style but when they release their comic books, their drawings doesnt look as good...take Mark Crilley for example... He uploads videos onto youtube and show people how to draw anime eyes, hair, face, and all that and it looks good! But his own comic books, the art doesnt look as good...
Posted 3/29/10
Well anybody can be a manga artist but the japanese live in the manga kingdom so they are going to have an easier time than others
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26 / M / Nibelheim
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Posted 3/30/10
No lol. Anyone who has the talent can become a manga artist. There are manga created by North Americans and Europeans that get sold in Japan too.
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