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03 October 2005 @ 10:58 pm
Ma.n.ga.ka.ni.na.ri.ta.i~! ♪I wanna be a mangaka!♪  

It's no secret, I want to be a mangaka. (manga artist) A real one, in Japan, published in a japanese comics magazine.

I've wanted to be a mangaka for a LONG time. Actually, I've wanted to work in the cartoon industry since I was in kindergarten (and I think before). That is one of the things that's never, ever changed for me. For a while when I was younger, I split my interest between drawing cartoons and studying dinosaurs and the stars. Those passions still remain with me this day, but I think that sadly, they're going to have to remain a hobby forever.

But when I think about drawing remaining a hobby forever in favor of something else, I can't bear with it. In fact, doing anything but creating my own world to share with everyone else, and giving it a life with my drawings in this form, and having that be my not just job, but my career, just wouldn't work. I want to draw manga. I want it more than anything else that I've ever wanted. Part of the reason that I went to Japan was to become a mangaka, part was because I loved the culture. But the real reason that I moved here was because manga creation was my passion. In High School, I became interested in manga, and it was then that the dream of being a mangaka was born from my comics and animation dreams.

I studied animation in college because I wasn't sure what to do in my head.. but by the time that I graduated, I knew what I wanted.

Why haven't I worked harder? I haven't done much of anything since I came to Japan to make it happen (tour of Jump aside and even then, I didn't take the opportunity for what it was worth.). Why? That's been something that I've been asking myself a lot recently. I think that I might have found the reason, finally. And with that realization, I made some changes in my life last week, and suddenly the urge has come back full force. It's a really interesting feeling to solve something of a mystery about oneself. With that, while I still have a long way to go, I'm definitely DEFINITELY ready to start pushing. I've been drawing a LOT the past few days too. It's all just sketches, but that's definitely good. Good in a way that I can't even put my feelings to. I've been studying japanese a lot also, recently.

I'm in the beginning stages of putting together my story and getting things ready to submit. It will take a while, but I want to have a good chunk of something done by the end of this week. I will set a personal goal for myself offline, too. I just wanted to write a little something about it on my journal, since I've been thinking about it a LOT nowadays.

There is something that I would like everyone's help on, though.... What magazines do you think would be good to try to get in contact with/ try to be published in? I can't decide. I want it to be a young trendy magazine for girls, aimed at high school age. The story that I'm working on is a shoujo-ai high school romance angsty sort of thing, set in America (California, I think.. or Seattle). My art style... well, see my icon for an example, though that's not b/w or anything. I'll post more examples in the future. ^^
Current Music: Kimeru K's Ark live dvd ~ Ahh the memories!!
Erika 「エリカ」: Oshitari Yuushi_mizuki_ on October 3rd, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC)
go for it :)
around me there're lots of people with dreams to become mangaka too, but they don't have the opportunity to do so, since you're in Japan and srill want to follow that dream, go ahead and do it, I'll support your manga when it's published ^^
your drawing style is really nice :) and a story set in America written by a native American will be very interesting ^^
can't help much with the choice of magazine since I only read Shounen Jump, but with a shoujo-ai theme I think it's better in a girl managzine? but guys are more interested in shoujo-ai? well i'm not sure =_=|||
which ever managzine you choose we'll support you, ganbatte ne~ ^^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 3rd, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks, yeah the problem is that guys are more into it, which makes there only be icky kind of shoujo-ai stories, you know? I want to do one in the style of Peach Girl or some similar romance. ^^ For girls. ^^
hyokohyoko on October 3rd, 2005 02:51 pm (UTC)
Hm.. there's a new shoujo-ai magazine, called "Yuri-hime" Maybe you can try it there~ ? ^_~
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 3rd, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)
Ooh!! Yes, I will look into picking up a copy and seeing what it's like!! Thanks! ^^
(no subject) - hyoko on October 3rd, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Kei: *chu*aoi_tenshi on October 3rd, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)
Hm...I was thinking that running it in something more like Marget would be a bit more fitting for your series...Art style-wise I'm not really sure where your manga would really fit, but wah *HUGS* Good luck! I know you can make it and I'm really looking foward to hearing more about your manga <3
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 3rd, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Yeah, Margaret is a good style for age group, but my art definitely doesn't fit. -_-
Sana-chan: royaltysana_chan on October 3rd, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
You should definately follow this dream then, since it's truly what you want to do! I wish you the best of luck with it ^_^.

As for magazines to try to contact with... it's been so long since I've been catching up with any soujo stories lol (shonen-jump ate my soul I think). Maybe Ribon?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 3rd, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC)
LOL thanks. ^^ But Ribon is waaaaaaaaaay too young. ^^ I want to to a story for the teenage level or so. ^.^
Cherprudenceun_voyage_cher on October 3rd, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC)
I dont know any actual publishers, but do you know Nana/Paradise Kiss's mangaka? Maybe the magazines she's gotten things published from, since she's very young and trendy and the 'exotic location' i think might appeal to that kind of publisher. GOOD LUCK!! :D!!!!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 3rd, 2005 09:17 pm (UTC)
She's running in Cookie now. I'll definitely look with it! She has about the same age range that I'm looking for! =D Arigtaou!

ps: I'm a big fan of Nana and ParaKiss. =D
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sailorstarsun: yuuta approvedsailorstarsun on October 3rd, 2005 03:38 pm (UTC)
Ganbatte! =D You can do it!

I think your art is great! So you've got the talent to be a mangaka. .^-^ And I already look forward to buying your published works.
Laurenblackjedii on October 3rd, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
Hmm, you know, I'd almost say that before you try to get published, you should get involved in some contests or something where you get your art out there, but where it will be seen by tons of people besides just a publishing company... I think a lot of artists have gotten their start that way? Could be wrong. Don't mind me. ^.^;;
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 3rd, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've thought about that.. It's definitely something that I'll look into right away! ^__^ *hugs* Thanks! (XD Though I don't know what I'd do for a short story LOL)
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明珠kiku_cha8_8 on October 3rd, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC)
I kind of fell out of the loop with the shoujo themed mangas too.*Darn Shonen Jump XD*
The only ones I am familiar with are Nakayoshi (the one that published Sailor Moon) and Ribon.

But Zero-Sum might be a good magazine to try. I'm not as familiar with it as Nakayoshi so I'm not quite sure.

Gantatte!! I'll be rooting for you, and will surely buy your manga! =^_^=
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 3rd, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
Nakayoshi and Ribon are far to young, sadly. (I like them because I can read them sort of, XD)

Hmmmm, Zero-sum might be a good one. But do they run stories that don't have a fantasy element to them?
(no subject) - kiku_cha8_8 on October 3rd, 2005 11:23 pm (UTC) (Expand)
mizukiayamizukiaya on October 3rd, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
Someone said Margaret but I don't really think your art style would fit Margaret cuz Margaret style tends to look more like Parfait Tic and Hana Yori Dango. It kind of still gives me an American manga art vibe.

It's hard to say, since I don't really read shoujo-ai. And it depends on your story...and just how a big a factor the shoujo-ai part of it is. I'm familiar with most of the big shoujo zasshi, tho. For HS shoujo manga, there's Margaret (teen drama), Sho-Comi (<--for sexy smut), Cheese!(more smut) and LaLa among my faves. As for NaNa, it's published in Cookie and is targeted more for older teens/college age girls). Anyhow, with these magz, if there is shoujo-ai, there're only hints of it usually.

To be honest, I think you should try breaking in via the dj market first. Shoujo-ai is hard to sell..unless I suppose you aim specifically for the Yuri zasshi. So you might wanna try something mainstream like shoujo or shounen(guys like girlxgirl). Even BL has a bigger market than yuri. Of course, if you do djs first, then I think youll be fine doing shoujo-ai for them and can gain a readership from there. Lots of mangaka start off with djs.

Tho, there are exceptions...like Utena (actually i dunno who published that) so if you have a really good deep story then it might work)

I'd like to hear more of your story plot.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 3rd, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC)
Hehee, thanks for the ideas! Yeah, I'm going to look into Cookie's feel. I'lll try to pick up an issue today if I have time..

I'll tell you more about the plot in person. Good luck with your first day of work!! ^__^

DJ is a thought... but very expensive (And I would draw bl doujinshi, lol).
chiharueien_chiharu on October 3rd, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC)
1st> I think if you really want to get your manga published - you might want to try for an American mag like Animerica or even try to enter the rising stars of manga contest. I can see your art being published in those media. This is just for a start and to see how your manga work is taken from a more public point of view. Plus, you never know what kind of connections you might make from it.

2nd> If you don't want to start off in the American market, then I would suggest you test the waters by publishing doujinshi. Many popular mangaka started off this way. And actually, it can be a pretty good marketing strategy as fans of your dj will be more inclined to check out your own original work once you do get it published. And once again, you will be making connections.

3rd> If you want to get published and published very soon...I don't think you should start with a shoujo-ai piece. The shoujo-ai market is far fewer than shounen or shoujo. I would even venture to say that the yaoi market is larger. With fewer choices of places to get published for a mangaka with shoujo-ai work, I would think it'd be harder and take much longer. Of course I'm not saying you shouldn't try at all because you never know...I just don't think you should necessarily "depend" on getting in through that market.

4th> Lastly, all you have to do is work on your Japanese or find a translater. Maybe you should ask your Japanese friends or students who read manga, what they would think about reading a manga set in America and written by an American. Afterall, if you are getting published in Japan, it will be the Japanese who will be your mainstream audience. Their answers could give you a better idea of how publishing companies might see your work.

Anyhow, I think it'd be cool if you did get to fulfill your dream. Good Luck! :)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 3rd, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
Definitely no. ^^;;; Gomen! But I want to be a 'real' mangaka, not one of those many many people that publish in American magazines. I know that they can be good, but I really don't want to do it that way. ^^;;

I've thought about doujinshi.... but the problem is that they type of doujinshi that I want to do is not the type of manga that I want to do... does that make sense? I really want to do some hardcore yaoi Tenipuri doujinshi.. but I want to draw my own sweet shoujo-ai love story. I'm not sure how to mix the two. -_-;;

LOL Shoujo-ai is the market that I want to do a story in. I've had this story for almost 10 years, and been wanting to tell it. ^^ Soooo badly!!

I do have a few people that I've been talking to who are giving me pointers. ^^ I should meet more soon.. let's see what they say!! ^__^
Yukayuka02 on October 3rd, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
I suggest Ribbon!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 3rd, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC)
Arigatou!! ^^ But it's way too young of a readership ^_^
Williamgenkischuldich on October 3rd, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC)
I was going to suggest Yurihime too. :) It's published by Ichijinsha (same company as the one that does Zero Sum now) and Kouga Yun-sensei recently did an illustration for them.

Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 3rd, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!! I'm definitely looking into this one! ^_^
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 3rd, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC)
Oooh Lala, I hadn't thought about that! Do you know what age their readership is?

Nakayoshi is too young and I don't want to do superhero style things. XD But I'lll ask about other contests!
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(no subject) - hinoai on October 4th, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Katsu ★カツー☆(^▽^)katsu on October 3rd, 2005 07:07 pm (UTC)
*nod nod* I also think a doujinshi debut would be best for a start. ^_^ Mags that I can think of would be Cookie, Nakayoshi and Ribon. ^^;

Ganbatte kudasai, I'd love to see your works being published soon! <3
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 3rd, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
I'm gona try Cookie, at least pick up a mag. ^__^ Nakayoshi and Ribon are too young. ^.^
Junebug: ueki zaiaimaru on October 3rd, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)
you might want to try for an American mag like Animerica or even try to enter the rising stars of manga contest

I agree with this. I don't think it's possible for an american to publish manga in japan, especially not with all the manga artists there already.

X.x; Well, okay. I won't say it's IMpossible, but it's probably pretty hard.

Why don't you try rising stars/animerica/tokyopop? Even try doing a webcomic and getting your name around? Your stuff is really good. I'm sure you'd become popular fast. ♥

If you can get a doujinshi debut... then... wow O.O! Draw Kevin. :D

Good luck.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 3rd, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks.. but I won't EVER do Rising Stars. ^^;; I still think that it's like being a joke mangaka. I want to be published in a REAL magazine with real japanese readership and editors, and eventually have my mangas be made into anime. ^^

I will probably end up doing doujinshi too though. First one is Ryokev!
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