Creating Manga Comics

Creating Manga Comics

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"Manga characters can appear complicated to draw, but readers learn how to create these characters through helpful instructions that guide them through every step of the process. Readers are presented with a variety of characters to draw, including a martial artist and a monster trainer. They also learn important techniques used to draw manga characters, such as depicting emotions and drawing special effects. With helpful sketches of each step in the drawing process and colorful illustrations of each finished work of art, readers will be creating their own manga characters in no time at all!"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, PowerKids Press,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781477759264
Branch Call Number: j741.51 CAM
Characteristics: 32 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 29 cm

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ShonenBag
Apr 07, 2018

The very fact that this book is titled "Manga COMICS" reveals that it is whitewashed trash.
(Manga already means comics, so not only are you whitewashing it, your book is called "How to draw comic comics")
The fact that the illustrations are in colour do not help at all, either. Manga is published in black and white, with screentones to provide gradient. The fact is that this book instructs the poor reader to draw western comic characters with big eyes.
Manga is not western-style drawings with big eyes that occasionally cup their heads in their hands with lustful eyes and yell in Japanese a lot.
Anything but.
They have totally different proportions from comic characters, their presentation of situations is completely different, for goodness sake, if you're going to teach us how to provide sound effects, you'd better teach us how to right in Katakana, not write "Boom", and even manga style varies from author to author. In fact, the main component to manga is never the art, always the story, hence why series like Deathnote have 2 creators that share EQUAL CREDIT: The author and the artist.
This book provides satisfactory advice on neither.
It doesn't even touch on the writing portion. You may be able to draw the best art in the world, but if you cannot write empathetic characters, interesting plotlines, gripping tension and satisfying resolution THAT ACTUALLY ENDS (Looking at you, One Piece & Dragon Ball) then your series is essentially moot. This book fails to equip artists with the tools to survive. Instead, we get lessons on how to draw a street fighter or a samurai, tropes that are not only from the '90s, but are done to death. Nobody wants to read tropes.
If it did touch on the writing portion, this book would likely fail, too, if the whitewashed art is anything to go by. Japanese storytelling is totally different from western storytelling. In western storytelling, you go from point A to point C, point B is how you get there. In Japanese storytelling, you start at point A and move to point B, where you discover what point C is and go there. (Refer to any movie by Hayao Miyazaki)
This book fails on every front as a manga guidebook. If the author scaled down the eyes and re-branded it as a "Cartooning guide", nobody would bat an eye. This is the extent of his failure and the severity of whitewashing.
Don't read it, please.

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cjnorthern555
Jul 21, 2016

The book is too short to be of much use.

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