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Why isn't manga done seasonally?
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With the recent Hunter X Hunter hiatus, I was just thinking about the state of the industry and how often mangaka have to deal with medical problems because of the job. Is there a reason why they do it the way that they do?

I'm not sure how other industries work, but with so many people getting sick I think it would make a lot more sense to publish manga on a seasonal basis like television is produced. That way you could progress the story at a reasonable pace rather than ending up with hiatuses and also allow mangaka to recuperate if they were having problems.

There might be manga that's published this way, I admit I don't read a lot of it.. but from the sound of things a lot of mangaka and publications work on a weekly basis and that obviously doesn't strike me as healthy.
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There are monthly manga too, its not that uncommon.

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Posted 8/28/14 , edited 8/28/14

Lowlights wrote:

There are monthly manga too, its not that uncommon.



There are also bi-weekly, bi-monthly, etc. I believe it depends on the magazine publisher.
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Shrapnel893 wrote:


Lowlights wrote:

There are monthly manga too, its not that uncommon.



There are also bi-weekly, bi-monthly, etc.


bi-quarterly if you're writing Berserk...
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Lowlights wrote:


Shrapnel893 wrote:


Lowlights wrote:

There are monthly manga too, its not that uncommon.



There are also bi-weekly, bi-monthly, etc.


bi-quarterly if you're writing Berserk...


Berserk...you tease you...
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Shrapnel893 wrote:


Lowlights wrote:

There are monthly manga too, its not that uncommon.



There are also bi-weekly, bi-monthly, etc. I believe it depends on the magazine publisher.

Not just the publisher. Many publishers have magazines on all these different schedules.

That said, sometimes the weekly chapters are 1/4 the size of the monthly chapters so going monthly does not necessarily give you a break.

Japan is a country which works very hard. They push themselves hard and are pushed hard by their editors. Many mangaka write multiple titles if they are still trying to break through with a hit. It is a tough job and until you have a huge hit it does not pay very well either. Which is why I like to buy the books and I'm glad to see manga I can support here through my subscription as well, though that may not add up to very much. I think they get about $0.50 per copy of a physical book, not sure what a view here counts for.
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Iavi wrote:


Lowlights wrote:


Shrapnel893 wrote:


Lowlights wrote:

There are monthly manga too, its not that uncommon.



There are also bi-weekly, bi-monthly, etc.


bi-quarterly if you're writing Berserk...


Berserk...you tease you...


Berserk is published irregularly
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because most mangakas gotta make a living and aren't rich enough to take extended breaks unless they are gravely ill. Just the nature of the line of work.
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Shrapnel893 wrote:


Lowlights wrote:

There are monthly manga too, its not that uncommon.



There are also bi-weekly, bi-monthly, etc. I believe it depends on the magazine publisher.

Not just the publisher. Many publishers have magazines on all these different schedules.

That said, sometimes the weekly chapters are 1/4 the size of the monthly chapters so going monthly does not necessarily give you a break.

Japan is a country which works very hard. They push themselves hard and are pushed hard by their editors. Many mangaka write multiple titles if they are still trying to break through with a hit. It is a tough job and until you have a huge hit it does not pay very well either. Which is why I like to buy the books and I'm glad to see manga I can support here through my subscription as well, though that may not add up to very much. I think they get about $0.50 per copy of a physical book, not sure what a view here counts for.


Now that is really insane. Is that in Japan, or only when you buy a volume in the US? It's incredible how hard they work, and it seems very insulting if they only make 50 cents from a 10 dollar book. That's like Spotify money. But I've read a few monthly series (Attack on Titan and I believe Akame Ga Kill is one as well), they definitely tend to be longer which probably offsets the difference in publication frequency.
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Now that is really insane. Is that in Japan, or only when you buy a volume in the US? It's incredible how hard they work, and it seems very insulting if they only make 50 cents from a 10 dollar book. That's like Spotify money. But I've read a few monthly series (Attack on Titan and I believe Akame Ga Kill is one as well), they definitely tend to be longer which probably offsets the difference in publication frequency.

That's in Japan. I am not sure how much they make off a copy here. $0.50 is about 10% so not that bad really. Books here are at least double the price but I am not sure if they make $1/copy or $0.10 a copy here.

As you say, usually monthly stuff is longer so it offsets it and likely it takes you all month to draw a monthly while you finish a weekly every week. Same amount of time unless you have a team which some do. Not all are lone mangakas slaving away at their desk, many have assistants and some have whole teams.
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OlympianRed wrote:
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Now that is really insane. Is that in Japan, or only when you buy a volume in the US? It's incredible how hard they work, and it seems very insulting if they only make 50 cents from a 10 dollar book. That's like Spotify money. But I've read a few monthly series (Attack on Titan and I believe Akame Ga Kill is one as well), they definitely tend to be longer which probably offsets the difference in publication frequency.

That's in Japan. I am not sure how much they make off a copy here. $0.50 is about 10% so not that bad really. Books here are at least double the price but I am not sure if they make $1/copy or $0.10 a copy here.

As you say, usually monthly stuff is longer so it offsets it and likely it takes you all month to draw a monthly while you finish a weekly every week. Same amount of time unless you have a team which some do. Not all are lone mangakas slaving away at their desk, many have assistants and some have whole teams.


I wonder how much traditional authors and comic book writers make by comparison. It just seems to me like someone who actually created the story should be making a lot more than 10% of a sale. You usually tend to make the same amount as an artist selling music on iTunes, but at least when it comes to music you have performance, radio, licensing and merchandise. I can only imagine that the Mangaka gets paid even less for their work if they end up releasing here. It really does sound like a tough job.
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OlympianRed wrote:
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I wonder how much traditional authors and comic book writers make by comparison. It just seems to me like someone who actually created the story should be making a lot more than 10% of a sale. You usually tend to make the same amount as an artist selling music on iTunes, but at least when it comes to music you have performance, radio, licensing and merchandise. I can only imagine that the Mangaka gets paid even less for their work if they end up releasing here. It really does sound like a tough job.

Believe it or not they don't make a lot off anime adaptations either. A script fee and some royalties which really aren't much at all. If it isn't a big seller it will only amount to a few thousand dollars for them. The publishers and production committees put up most of the money and thus they get to keep most of it as well.

So they make more if their manga gets an increase in readership than from the anime sales themselves.
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Posted 8/28/14 , edited 8/28/14
mangas fine the way it is, Togashi is one of the few that goes into hiatus alot
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eh? creating a manga seasonally doesn't make much sense that's like saying a comic artist like marvel and dc) would only draw a comic per season or a multi-volume author would write one book for a season. It doesn't work the same for drawing/writing like it does for media.
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The truth is that the publishing of Manga is a business, so to do it seasonally would be non-beneficial to the companies. Actually, that would hurt the business because you must keep ranking in sales to keep the company/business going.
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