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Who here wants to become a manga-ka?
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Posted 12/24/11
yes, lots of people who actually want to be Mangaka's are shitty drawers (please excuse my language, its just how I feel about it...)
But I sent in my work to contests I win lots but some times I don't and I get some 'mention' somewhere (but some people don't even get a mention and I have my times of not getting a 'mention' but with me getting those rewards I get to improve and gain confidence as I keep on working and making my work incredible) .
You do need to have knowledge about art and about how manga is made and how you put one together plus you need to plan out your story, tones, computer editing, editing by hand, inking, screening, and lots more(im so not going to name everything...).

Honestly I'm working with one of my close friends on a manga right now. she is an amazing writer but she has some mistakes which I clear up and we proceed with our work. Im the artist and she is the writer,

we've been working together for a year now just being silly and showing off our manga collections and making the norm amount of work you are requited to do but we didn't have enough work to have the story in to a full fledged story. The amount of work we dids was spent on a manga we thought would be a shonen cause I love shonen, but... she cant write shonen. she can only write shojo. so I decided were changing it to a shojo and we completely changed the story but we kept some stuff from it but its a whole lot more girlie-er. we didnt have enough work of it done.

till the day I found a place we could submit our manga to. that was only 5 days ago and we made such amazing progress with our favourite manga we did a years work in 5 days without hurting our healthy life styles.
we didn't have a tittle for the manga we only had the personalities and how many main characters and nothing else was for sure. the names we changed lots and had arguments over, the looks we had discussions that lasted weeks. we had conversations that lasted seconds over what they will wear and cover pages. we only had the beginning of the chapter for a while because we had to change things and edit them out.


Being in the MANGA Business is VERY DIFFICULT.

so yes. I agree with you when it comes down to its very hard and time absorbing. but sometimes it wont kill your health life unless you don't know how to manage it. we got killed by it and at other times we didn't.

Im srry this is so long. I had this longer and with our full life of manga within.. .but I don't think you or anyone here wants to know about it so thoroughly and kill their dreams on manga. But if you do I can talk to any body later about it :3
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Posted 12/25/11 , edited 12/25/11
I've thought of trying, then thought about it again... But then realize I have the worst drawing skills ever.
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Posted 12/25/11

Dracotofu wrote:

I've thought of trying, then thought about it again... But then realize I have the worst drawing skills ever.



Yup. That's the long and the short of it.
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Posted 12/28/11
Here, here, here! But suddenly I realized that my drawing went downhill. It's bad but nah, who cares!? XD
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Posted 12/29/11
I keep thinking what i want to do with my life. There are many possible career choices i could pick but nothing makes me happier then the idea of being a Manga-ka. Seeing your work with your name on it in a official magazine week after week, building a fanbase, getting an Anime and seeing characters and stories YOU created on TV being enjoyed by millions, knowing there is always somebody, somewhere, having a discussion about your work, having card games made from your creation, toys, video games that let you play as, again, characters YOU created.

Being a manga-ka is my dream job, and i already have 15 story idea's thought out from beginning to end. Only problem is, i can't draw =( i hate myself for not being able to draw, to have such a vivid imagination and not being able to portray it is the worst feeling in the world. I don't want someone else to draw it for me either because 1) It's not really your work anymore, it's a shared work. 2) Most of my ideas are shonen and more heavily battle centered then story centered so the characters and fights wouldn't be portrayed the way i want them to. 3) Some of the ideas i'm most fond about are pretty lengthy and i doubt somebody would want to work with me for such a long period of time since some are over 30 volumes and you never know if your artist will get sick or something will happen to them, so there's always that to worry about.

Overall, being a Manga-ka is my dream job but i can't draw
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Posted 12/29/11 , edited 12/29/11
i have mediocre drawing skills but i'm still trying to improve. that only thing i get stuck with is actually making a good story. my friends say to actually make a manga, i'm just so horrible at making my own stories. i only draw fanart.
of course there is more than that, i've seen enough bakuman to actually see how hard it is.
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Posted 12/29/11
i all ready have 5 stroy ideas im workin on and i just need to tune up my art skills >:D but i dont think i can be an official mangaka. If Bakuman is at all accurate, id die before i finish the first chapter D:
Posted 12/31/11
I wanted to when i was younger but you dont really get paid that much
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Posted 1/12/12
My talent with art is more of a character created and design characters and sometimes vehicles but I also am good with story lines me and my friend(she has the real talent she draw our co-manga)draws the manga itself se we are partners in the manga we are making we hav a few projects but a short story is being drafted at the moment tho it's more of a hobby we hope to be able to sell our stuff someday haha
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21 / F / behind you O.O
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Posted 1/14/12
I'd love to, but I don't think I could keep it up.

Graphic novels ftw
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Posted 1/14/12 , edited 1/14/12
The manga industry is incredibly difficult. I used to want to be one when I was a pre-teen then realised it's not that simple at all and my kawaii desu dreams of being one in Japan were unrealistic LOL. Now I stick to freelance concept art & illustrations. Eventually one day I would love to be good enough to create my own graphic novel though.
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Posted 1/15/12
I just finished filling an 80 page notebook with a slice-of-life story... now I just need to draw it out in manga style. >.>
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