Post Reply Do manga need to belong to a manga magazine?
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Posted 5/21/16
do manga titles need to belong to a manga magazine like shounen jump first to be published? Can manga tittle still be published in volumes without a backing of a manga magazine?

If i wanted to create a manga series, can i go straight to a publishing company and create volumes?
Posted 5/21/16
Short answer is no, you don't don't need to belong to a magazine. Magazines are how 99% of mangaka get published though, since they're nearly always looking for new talent and willing to try new things as long as it's good.
Straight to a publisher is a lot harder since a lot of the time they just won't care unless you already have built somewhat of a name for yourself from stuff like Doujinshi. Eg. CLAMP got scouted by a publisher after doing lots of doujinshi.
In the end though, best bet is going for a Magazine, since they're nearly always holding a "competition". They also usually give constructive criticism for your work, which can be pretty nice.
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If you are talking about creating a manga for release in Japan you will find that the majority of publishers own a manga magazine and they will most likely publish your first works there. As Hail King Kakao says, they are not going to risk giving an artist with zero reputation a stand alone publication when they have a safer route to trial your work (they trial a lot of series in their magazines but only continue with the popular ones).

If you are talking about creating a manga-style comic for a western audience then there aren't many comic magazines around that would allow you to submit a free-style creation. For example, even if you managed to get a spot in a superhero magazine they would expect you to draw a comic about a superhero from their universe (not good if your comic is about school kids trapped in a video game world). As with the Japanese industry you won't even get that far without a reputation, industry connections or both.

One strategy you may want to consider is to publish a free web comic to build up a fan base along with your reputation. That will also give you practice to improve your drawing style and see whether your stories resonate with the audience. If that stage goes well I'd suggest creating a patreon account so that your fans can commission work from you. One patreon model would be to accelerate the production of the web comic with increased donations; alternatively you could produce stand alone art based on your series or even start a new comic available to your patreon members.

When you have built up your fan base you can then go to a publisher and say, "My web comic has X readers per month and I earn $y for commissions through my Patreon account." Having that information available is bound to get you more attention from the publishers than an approach from an unknown artist. However the publishers could still say no even if you think you have a strong fan base.

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Posted 5/21/16 , edited 5/21/16

oneouts123 wrote:

do manga titles need to belong to a manga magazine like shounen jump first to be published? Can manga tittle still be published in volumes without a backing of a manga magazine?



If a japanese webtoon is popular enough, it will eventually get publish, an example of this is Comico’s Relife, whose volumes got published by Earth Star Entertainment a year after it got publish in Comico.

Another example is Hetelia.

Korean webtoons also get publish according to this reddit.
https://www.reddit.com/r/manga/comments/3k2ef0/japan_publishing_korean_webtoons_as_physical_books/
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