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08 December 2010 @ 12:45 am
Do you want to be a mangaka in Japan? (upcoming)  

How can I become a mangaka in Japan?

People ask me this all of the time. But the thing is-- I'm not even a real mangaka! (yet!)

Let me clarify. I worked for a year and a half as an assistant on The Prince of Tennis sequel (Shin Tennis no Oujisama). But I was a mangaka's assistant, not a mangaka myself. In my case, I worked under a great artist (Konomi Takeshi), and it was great seeing my own drawings in print in Jump Square (the monthly version of Shonen Jump), and later on in Shonen Jump myself when I went back to help him with his one-shot, Moonwalker Ltd. But that's not enough-- I really, really want to be a mangaka, and to have more time to work on that was one of the main reasons that I quit!

So, to answer both people's questions and to share my experiences myself, I decided to write this kind of a guide. I want to share all of the things that I learned both about the physical parts of making manga, the industry itself, and my own journey from here on out! So what I'm going to go through is at first how to make a manga... then I'm going to share with you my own manga submission as I make it, and even let you in on the results after I meet with the publishers! Does anyone want to go along with my journey?? (Please, please comment and let me know!!)

For starters, here is a general outline of what I want to talk about. Please take a look and tell me if I left anything out!

1. Introduction to manga (I know you already know what it is, but I want to share my feelings about manga here.)
2. What kinds of things are important
a. Live in Japan?
b. Learn Japanese?
c. Etc.?
3. My experience being an assistant.
4. Techniques for drawing manga.
(basically things that I learned in the studio. All about what manga is drawn on, from my experience, what kinds of tools are used, special tequniques, etc. Also learn about a "name", etc.)
5. Now I know techniques... what do I need to do? Information about what to do if you have a story done (both my plan, and other methods that people use to become mangakas)
6. Now that I've decided what I'm going to do, I start working on my story! (share my experience with you)
7. Working on my manga myself.
8. Journey to the publishers!
9. What happens next!
10. And just continuing with the progession here! Take you along with me in my journey!

I don't usually ask this, but if you like this idea, please link your friends to this post and ask them to comment with their ideas!! Or even just encouragement! =^-^= I take all kinds of comments! Anonymous comments from people who don't have accounts are fine too!! (Purely hateful comments will be deleted, though!) Thanks you guys!! I kinda wanna take my blog readers and friends along for the ride as much as possible, because I think it will be interesting! What do you think?
Nana: Tenipuri: Atobe (yoi dori)cinnamyl on December 7th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
It's so wonderful that you're sharing your experience with us. Thank you so much! I'm looking forward to any new information. ♥
grapewhine: Yeobo~grapewhine on December 7th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
I have a friend who'd really appreciate this, so thanks so much for taking out the time!
Ella: waterlady //by lavender 88ellamies on December 7th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
I have no intentions on following a career in comics myself, but I'd be def. interested on how things work out for you!
sunset_fridaysunset_friday on December 7th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
this would be wonderful to know! i've recently started reading manga and drawing it myself while reading over some of your older entries to see how you managed to make a life for yourself in Japan. So this would be hugely helpful and inspiring if you're able to do it :)
wikivicwikivic on December 7th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
sounds like a fantastic idea, i would love to hear more ^_^
Keepin' Gwevin in its rightful place: The Dumpster: SM: Galaxiapan2dapan on December 7th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
Heck yeah, I'd be interested in reading. I'm always curious as to how other artists work!
Meruxxxmirai on December 7th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
Awww, man. You are giving tips to my lifelong dreams???

YES, PLEASE! T.T I will be forever grateful~ <3333

(Anonymous) on December 7th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
You should definitely go with it, Jamie! You are in a unique position of being an american who goes through this process in the Japanese way - starting by working as an assistant to an established mangaka and then moving on to your own work. If you are really going to write about how things are going for you and about your experience as an assistant, a lot of people will be really interested. I am definitely cheering you on with this project. ^_^
None of Your Bee's Wax lolisachi on December 7th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
I don't want to be a mangaka .... but ... it's always interesting to hear real people's experiences breaking into an industry. Especially an industry where the entry points are not really so clear to outsiders.

So, yes, I really really want to read about this XD Badly.
tactotacto on December 7th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
Somehow my previous comment went under Anonymous <.< - LJ, don't you recognize your users anymore??! >:D
Sorasoraryuu on December 7th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
I'm more interested in creating doujinshi in Japan than being publish, but I think this will be very interesting!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on December 7th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
Oh!! Actually, I've made a doujinshi before! I should write about that too, if I have the chance!! I definitely want to make doujinshi again. =^^=
(no subject) - rkold on December 7th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Rachel K: adinarkold on December 7th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
I find this fascinating though I also don't want to be a mangaka.

I can say though that you don't need to live in Japan to become a doujinshika, just know people that do and judging from a few circles I like, becoming a super successful doujinshika can help you become a mangaka,
(Anonymous) on December 7th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
ありがとう ございます!!!I would appreciate this so much! I look up to you a lot for being a Manga Assistant alone! I'd be honored to hear your guide and get your help! I hope you enjoy your journey of getting your own manga published! Thanks A lot again!
Curmudgejohncomic on December 7th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
I totally wanna read all about all this info, please!
shin_no_hanabi: gokudera yay!shin_no_hanabi on December 7th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
heck yea! its always good to hear about other ppl pursuing their goals =D