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Posted 12/13/14
I apologize if it's already been said in this forum, but there is a manga-esque comic called "Dreamland" by a french artist/author named Reno Lemaire. His work reminds me in some ways of "Fairy Tail". I honestly didn't know it was by a Frenchman until I looked up the artist's name. As stated before in this thread, your birthplace/race does not mean that you are incapable of creating works of art in whatever it is that you want to pursue.

http://dreamlland.wikia.com/wiki/Dreamland_%28Manga%29
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Because there was alot of mean things going on about. People not being able to use the word if they arent asian so they added manga-ka.
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Interesting reply.
I see where you're coming from and somewhat agree. I draw manga and will be published soon. I've been told I have a unique style. My stories are deep, thoughtful and profound. I think it's due to how I grew up. I think the reason most American manga is poor is because an artist, no matter what you make, subconsciously puts themselves and values into each character they make. I learned this at a young age and appreciate that fact more as I continue to draw manga. Granted, my over-thinking has made making good, new manga difficult, but I have plenty of stories from the past I can use. Years worth.
I am an American.
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The problem is that it isnt manga out here. Yes, im a purist, but not one of the dipsticks that say it without reason. Manga in the west is just a comic. Because of that, it has to appeal to comic fans. Those who make comics with manga inspired art are in a sad state. It is impossible to publish a successful manga in the west at this time and that may never change. The reason is this. The manga style in Japan is crafted to appeal to a Japanese audience and so, in Japan, it is dominant. In the west, the dominant style is western. Now, let me point this out right now. Western comics are crap. Im not saying that because I dislike western comics. I say that because the popularity of western comics has been declining since the 90s and is a poor excuse for an art industry, while manga is now a multibillion dollar industry. Aside from the fact that the Western style hasnt evolved at all and so it is relatively dead and the plots are overall crappy, in America, we have these assholes called scanlators. And that means that we asshole Americans aren't paying for the good shit, the stuff from Japan. So why in hell would we pay to read the subpar mock manga published here? America may never have successful manga simply because the otaku audience in America is full of freeloaders. Such that the only way for success to be made in America would make it so nobody reads it.
Now, back to purism. In Japan, everybody pays to read manga. That means the mangakas make money, which means they can pump out quality stuff with confidence that they will make he green. Secondly, in Japan, manga gets adapted into anime, which boosts sales. For that to occur in he states, the manga would have an audience to prove its quality. And even avatar, the closest you'll find to a western anime, I doubt it increased book sales at all. Avatar has alot of fans, but how many of hem actually read the books? Hehe, enough to feed the author bread and butter. And lastly, even if foreigners weren't freeloaders, there is no way to prove the quality of the manga. Self published manga has no way to prove that it could compete with Japanese published manga. In other words, self publishing is copping out of actually trying.
Now. My name is Laroon Dynasty. Remember that name. Because I am a foreigner. I am also apparently the only aspiring mangaka with any common sense. In 2020, I will begin my official mission. in the meantime, I am becoming a game design major while becoming fluent in japanese. Ill also be doing study abroad in 2018. In other words, once I move out there in 2020, ill sleak fluent Japanese, ill have networks in game design as well as contacts I gain during abroad, and ill have a degree that will place me in the other newly multibillion dollar industry which has extremely strong roots in Japan, so I'll have insurance. Once I'm there, I will work in the game industry working up the ranks while submitting names (storyboards) to publishers to try and get serialized. I have an unhealthy confidence in my stories as nobody ive ever encountered has disliked a single story ive written, including otakus and non comic fans. My art is good (better even than AoT and Parasyte), but it is an insult to my stories, which brings me to my next advantage. I will write the manga, but I will have teams of japanese artists working on the art (one each) and a large team of assistants. As the writer (with tens of prewritten scenarios, as ive been on this path for 10 years so far), I wont have the famously arduous hours that most mangakas face even if I manage to serialize multiple stories at once. With this team I take two advantages over other foreigners. 1)my mangas will be made by Japanese artists, so readers won't feel awkwa%d culture shock reading them and 2) ill have a team while most foreigners are dumb enough to do it all on their own, which means they dont pump out chapters in a timely fashion. I also then get an advantage over all mangakas. With numerous stories, a few games, and any other media features I aquire, my name will be frackin everywhere, so I'll gain fame extremely fast. The only downside is that id be expected to produce much better content than has been seen to his point, which is a challenge ive always been up to.
Now here's the part that answers your question. I have two companion stories that will run for thirteen years each at the same time. By the end of the thirteen years of those two serializations, I will self publish the third entry. That self published series will have the effect of if Naruto Shipoden was self published. It would literally take a massive audience and lead them onto the online medium as well as simultaneously set the bar for self published quality. After that, any foreign manga to surpass my self published series would be considered top tier quality even if it didnt fet published in a magazine. Thus, western manga could be effectively be tested and proven. You're welcome. Now when will this revolutionary move occur? It depends. I estimate that I wont get to start my 13 year series right away, so id estimate anywhere between 2035 and 2040. Yes. It is that far away. This is the only way to effectively prove the western market, and I may be the only one who can pull it off. The hig that makes it work is the 15 years minimum of story development prior to publishing. No manga has had that and no manga will have that until I publish. Laroon will become synonymous with consistency and mindblowingly good quality stories. The reason this is a necessity is because a foreigner couldn't possibly make it unless he/she had something that nobody else had. Hey would have to have an Ace up their sleeve. The reason I take it to the extreme of 15 years is because it is such a potent Ace card that it nearly guarantees quality and practically ensures the fastest possible leverage. Any dipstick that expects the industry to just give in and open up to foreigners in less time is just selfish and lazy. It is a hard core industry and anyone who isn't willing to put in 30x the effort is bound to fail. I for one am not about to wait for the industry to just change. I want manga to expand past everybody's wildest expectations. And besides, can you efen fathom how great a 15 year planning can make something? It is game changing, and id much raher see he game change than sit and wait for pity readers.
One last time, remember the name, Laroon Dynasty. On my honor, I owe it to the world to stick to my word. However, as I am a foreigner, you will most certainly have to pay for anything I make. It wouldn't prove anything if my overseas audience hears about me through scanlators. Nothing I make will be free anywhere.... except maybe the animes.... maybe.. i wouldnt be able to respect myself if I made it impossible to watch my anime.

But yeah, Laroon Dynasty. Remember that.
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Posted 9/20/15
Also, if you would like to support my endeavors, too bad. I dont want your smelly money.
But coverage works, so heres the facebook page and website. All the art so far is done by me and the IPs are all mine. Nigel Dynasty is my brother who i designated temporary manager so he'd serve a purpose. He'll soon be fired.

http://nativelegends.myfreesites.net

https://www.facebook.com/pelionnativelegends?ref=bookmarks

Feel free to like and share. I post psuedo updates occasionally. Once I get me a camera, ill vlog my mission progress.
Oh, and side note, my profile picture is an OC of mine from one of my smaller stories. Of course, I made the picture itself as well.
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Posted 9/20/15 , edited 9/20/15
Mangaka use a pennames for a reason. Possibly, somewhere hidden in those piles of mangaka in Japan, there is someone who isn't actually Japanese. I just spent half a year with my friend making an anthology (it's available in both english and japanese).I couldn't write a speck of Japanese, but I drew a short manga that was aligned right to left like any other manga, and she translated all my english text into Japanese and designed the typography. I don't think anyone would have suspected it was done by a foreigner until they read the credits. Especially mixed in between other mangaka in there.

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Posted 9/20/15

laroondynasty wrote:

Also, if you would like to support my endeavors, too bad. I dont want your smelly money.
But coverage works, so heres the facebook page and website. All the art so far is done by me and the IPs are all mine. Nigel Dynasty is my brother who i designated temporary manager so he'd serve a purpose. He'll soon be fired.

http://nativelegends.myfreesites.net

https://www.facebook.com/pelionnativelegends?ref=bookmarks

Feel free to like and share. I post psuedo updates occasionally. Once I get me a camera, ill vlog my mission progress.
Oh, and side note, my profile picture is an OC of mine from one of my smaller stories. Of course, I made the picture itself as well.



great rough drafts btw. do you have a story in the works?
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Posted 9/20/15 , edited 9/20/15

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laroondynasty wrote:

Also, if you would like to support my endeavors, too bad. I dont want your smelly money.
But coverage works, so heres the facebook page and website. All the art so far is done by me and the IPs are all mine. Nigel Dynasty is my brother who i designated temporary manager so he'd serve a purpose. He'll soon be fired.

http://nativelegends.myfreesites.net

https://www.facebook.com/pelionnativelegends?ref=bookmarks

Feel free to like and share. I post psuedo updates occasionally. Once I get me a camera, ill vlog my mission progress.
Oh, and side note, my profile picture is an OC of mine from one of my smaller stories. Of course, I made the picture itself as well.



great rough drafts btw. do you have a story in the works?


Yes. My main franchise of Native Legends has 13 seasons planned (I write with the intention of getting an adaptation) which equates to 312 for the two companion stories each. By planned, i mean that I have the settings, overall plot, and character designs for the most part done. Im currently roughig out the scripts for the 3 chapter of the core series.

Aside from Native Legends, ive got two potential long runners, 2 gag mangas, and a few short serious stories, each with summaries completed, but only the 2 long runners have character designs. Im not going into too much detail with the non native legends stories, because I plan on developing them alongside my editor once im out there.

If you want more information, like and message the facebook page with any questions. It goes without saying that I can't disclose too much information about the later chapters due to spoilers and such.
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Posted 9/21/15

pennydox wrote:

Mangaka use a pennames for a reason. Possibly, somewhere hidden in those piles of mangaka in Japan, there is someone who isn't actually Japanese. I just spent half a year with my friend making an anthology (it's available in both english and japanese).I couldn't write a speck of Japanese, but I drew a short manga that was aligned right to left like any other manga, and she translated all my english text into Japanese and designed the typography. I don't think anyone would have suspected it was done by a foreigner until they read the credits. Especially mixed in between other mangaka in there.



ummm sorry to ask but is this a fan comic of Nobunagun??? I saw the demo pics and was kinda reminded insantly of that show. I can't help but feel like a A-hole for asking.
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Posted 9/21/15 , edited 9/21/15

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pennydox wrote:

Mangaka use a pennames for a reason. Possibly, somewhere hidden in those piles of mangaka in Japan, there is someone who isn't actually Japanese. I just spent half a year with my friend making an anthology (it's available in both english and japanese).I couldn't write a speck of Japanese, but I drew a short manga that was aligned right to left like any other manga, and she translated all my english text into Japanese and designed the typography. I don't think anyone would have suspected it was done by a foreigner until they read the credits. Especially mixed in between other mangaka in there.



ummm sorry to ask but is this a fan comic of Nobunagun??? I saw the demo pics and was kinda reminded insantly of that show. I can't help but feel like a A-hole for asking.


no, you're not an a-hole for asking. Yes it's from Nobunagun
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Posted 9/21/15

pennydox wrote:


Marcusarcun wrote:


pennydox wrote:

Mangaka use a pennames for a reason. Possibly, somewhere hidden in those piles of mangaka in Japan, there is someone who isn't actually Japanese. I just spent half a year with my friend making an anthology (it's available in both english and japanese).I couldn't write a speck of Japanese, but I drew a short manga that was aligned right to left like any other manga, and she translated all my english text into Japanese and designed the typography. I don't think anyone would have suspected it was done by a foreigner until they read the credits. Especially mixed in between other mangaka in there.



ummm sorry to ask but is this a fan comic of Nobunagun??? I saw the demo pics and was kinda reminded insantly of that show. I can't help but feel like a A-hole for asking.


no, you're not an a-hole for asking. Yes it's from Nobunagun



thx for the reply I went back to look your artwork and actually read the full description:



An anthology dedicated to Nobunagun's main character, Sio Ogura. Includes illustrations and comics from Nobunagun fans from all over the world
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my bad on jumping the gun like that

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Posted 9/22/15
I'm not an artist, but this is one of my favourite manga: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dramacon .
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Posted 9/30/15 , edited 9/30/15
A lot of this depends on your culture, your surroundings, and your education. I believe Japanese manga artists usually have a style different from American manga artists due to the environment they live in that has inspired their unique styles. I don't believe this has anything to do with which country you come from, but where you grew up and what materials you have been in touch with.
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Hi guys,

Do you want to try publishing Manga in Japan for free, and publish for worldwide at the same time, want to get your content known?

We have just started a new site you can do all this and if your content is good we will translate to Japanese English and Chinese, we can even add voice actors and if it's a big hit, you can even get your content made into animated manga (motion comics).

https://manga.ensoku.club/

Have a look and let me know what you think, I need creators interested in publishing, so log in and register have a go.

Let's see what we can do with you.

We are a small Japanese company so we are especially looking for creators from overseas, but everyone is welcome.
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Hi laroondynasty,

Do you want to try publishing Manga in Japan for free, and publish for worldwide at the same time, want to get your content known?

We have just started a new site you can do all this and if your content is good we will translate to Japanese English and Chinese, we can even add voice actors and if it's a big hit, you can even get your content made into animated manga (motion comics).

https://manga.ensoku.club/

Have a look and let me know what you think, I need creators interested in publishing, so log in and register have a go.

Let's see what we can do with you.

We are a small Japanese company so we are especially looking for creators from overseas, but everyone is welcome.
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