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14 December 2010 @ 08:49 pm
Do you want to be a mangaka in Japan? Part 1  

Do you want to be a mangaka in Japan?

☆ Part 1: Introduction to Manga. ☆
(This is a continuation of part 0: http://hinoai.livejournal.com/781747.html )

This is just an introductionary post, more or less! ~.^/

What makes manga.. manga? Ask ten different people and you will probably get nine different answers. But to me, and for this guide, manga are comics originally published in Japan. So this would include your favorites-- Dragonball Z, Naruto, One Piece, Sailor Moon, Prince of Tennis, Air Gear, Nana, Death Note, etc etc. It would not include comics that are drawn in a "manga" style but were originally published overseas, such as The Dirty Pair, Goong, Megatokyo, etc.

American comics, OEL, manhwa, manhua, webcomics, etc, are all great mediums! I'm a fan of a lot of them! But I don't consider them manga any more than I consider Space Battleship Yamato a Hollywood movie.

After all, the whole idea of this guide is: How to become a mangaka! How does someone normally become a manga artist, and how can you (if you're interested) become one?

Some things about me:
~ I aim to be a mangaka, and take you along with me for the ride! =^-^= I'm not a mangaka yet, though I've had my work published in Shonen Jump and Jump SQ and even appeared on tv as an assistant.
~ I was an assistant to Konomi Takeshi (on Shin Prince of Tennis) for a year and a half. I also worked on his one-shot (Moonwalker Ltd.) earlier this year. I'll talk about the duties that I had and how I got the job in a later chapter.
~ I came to Japan at the end of 2004. Before that, I had only lived in America, and never studied Japanese at all.
~ I've drawn forever. Ever since I could pick up a crayon, in fact! I have a bachelor's degree in Media Arts & Animation. This is just my case, but I don't think this is necessary at all! (will elaborate on this later)
~ I love manga and anime, and that was one of the reasons I came to Japan. My favorite shonen manga is probably Hunter x Hunter, and favorite shoujo is probably Nana. Though I like a LOT of them. I'll gladly talk about them anytime!

This part is by definition short, so look forward to Part 2: Do you need to live in Japan or know Japanese to be a mangaka?

I will get it up soon! Let me know if there's anything in specific that you want me to cover in it! =^-^=
(Anonymous) on December 14th, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
I love Hunter x Hunter too! =D
I'm looking forward to seeing more of your mangaka guide!
Nice greetings from Austria.
yorleni: Icon sorayorleni on December 14th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
First comment!
Hi, i've been reading your livejournal posts for a while (probabily years by now) and i never commented because i was too shy.

But i decided to make my first comment! Hi, I'm yorleni, i'm 20 years old and i live in South America - Venezuela!

I love you, i think you're such a sweet person, this is the first time i feel like i know you, when i read what you did, is exactly what i want to do for the next year! (if i had luck...)

I also draw since i know what a crayon its. I just can't remember the first time i draw something, i've been doing it since i had memory...i just love it. I don't have a degree on animation or arts but i learned various lenguages.

Since i'm 13 years old i'm learning how to use different types of programs about edition, actually i have various awards and i'm on the top 10 Best Anime Music Video editor on amv.org.

Like you, i adore Chocolate, travels, mangas, drawings, reading, writing and photography and videoedition :'D ... I hope your guide can help me! i want to be a mangaka in the future, i truly do, i'm really working hard on my drawings, i've read ALOT of mangas too >_<


It would be an honor if you read my comment as well ♡ Thank You.

Note: i'm still learning english, so...i'm sorry if it's bad ;_;
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on December 14th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
Re: First comment!
Hi Yorleni!

Thanks for your comment! I read all of my comments, even if I don't reply! =^-^= The things that you said made me really happy. My biggest dream is that, somehow, I can help inspire people around the world. ^^

Good luck! I know that you can do it if you try, and it sounds like you've already done a lot!
yorleni: Yorleni Rukiayorleni on January 11th, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
Re: First comment!
omg you answered my comment!! you make my day, Thankyou sweetie ;A;

I was gone for christmas so i didn't saw your comment until now...

Your dream is so warm and beautiful, good luck with everything, i'm sure you'll inspire alot of people, you inspire me already in so many ways ...<3 to try to become a better artist and try to make my dream come true as well. Thankyou.

Oh! Merry christmas and happy new year by the way! XD

ルリdemonruri on December 14th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
Haha pretty interesting...

well its Japan... they speak JAPANESE lol thats the best reason I think :P
Salavin: [ART] packedlovesalavin on December 14th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
I'm quite curious to know if there's something in the japanese market that look for/or are interested in oversea manga/comics and if it's possible that there is a company for this. Or contests that are held?
Or if it's possible for someone outside of japan to get serialized in a manga magazine etc?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on December 14th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
Part 2a covers all of these, to the best of my ability. ^^
femo on December 14th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
My favorite shoujo is Nana too!! Even my mom knows the story because I used to talk about it all the time.

You're so cute in the tv special!
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on December 14th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, visitors can travel without knowing Japanese, so it makes sense that people living here too can, right? There are lots of resources. ^^ Though now that I can speak/read it, there are a lot more things that I can do. ^^
[magical-tear]MagicalTear on December 14th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)

Hey Jamie! It seems as if most of us took this super awesome guide you're doing as an excuse to post our first comment *Giggles* Even though it is my first time talking to you directly, I've been reading your journal for quite a while now so I wanted to thank you for always sharing your experiences with us and, in this case, deciding to make this guide too!! ^w^

Thanks to my parents I cannot tell you my real name =A= But you can call me Tear-chan like most of my online friends call me ^//^ I'm 16 years old and I live in Mexico, just so you know that you've got people from all around the world reading you!!! XD

There's so many things I want to tell you (and thank you for)! I do hope we get the chance to talk again soon ^^ I'm cheering you on from over here girl! ^^/
ginnotsubasa on December 15th, 2010 11:28 am (UTC)
Ooooh~ Shall be looking forward to this! >w<

Being a mangaka is one of my dream goals~ =)Though I have no idea if I'd ever have the talent for it lol. I'm currently studying design at uni and adding japanese classes next year so baby steps ^^
Fille: [Thinking of You] Alec of Kerry.radicaldreamer on December 15th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
agree with アッキーナ in the サキよみジャンBANG!, you really are beautiful Jamie > 3<~ ♥

I also think it's great that you're sharing your experience with Manga. I have recommended it to my BFF doraya ♥♥♥ I'm sure she'll definitely find your knowledge invaluable!!

Lastly, me and my boyfriend have been talking about going to Tokyo over winter vacation (probably just after お正月) and I was wondering if there is any chance at all that we could meet?? Haven't seen you in forever, and I know you're busy, but I'd be thrilled if we could meet if only briefly! (Also, if you ever feel like dropping by Kyoto I have a spare futon & plenty of room for you!!!)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on December 15th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
Of course!! ^-^ I'm pretty busy during Shougatsu time, but I will make sure to make time for you somehow! I'm not busy EVERY day, so I can for sure! ^^

And I totally want to drop by Kyoto! As soon as I have some money :D
The Euni: BLEACH - Ichigo - Running Animatedkarakurimi on December 15th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
I look forward to the rest of the guide! I'd actually like to request this, and no biggie if you can't, a guide to being a mangaka is a big thing to do! ---

What do you recommend to a writer trying to get into the manga/comic style of storytelling? I'm actually doing the writing end for a joint manga-style project with a friend of mine, and I want to make it as convenient as possible for her to create the images for the story.

Thanks a lot!!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on December 16th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
Hmm, I'm not an expert, but I'll try to get into this as much as I can ^^
(Anonymous) on December 16th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
I see bakuman in your goody stash, such an amazing art style by takeshi obata and its written so well by tsugumi ohba. Nizuma Eiji is the greatest EVER. Crow ftw
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on December 16th, 2010 06:01 am (UTC)
Re: bakuman
Yes, I really like the manga myself! I'm a fan of Kaya-chan and Miho mostly. ^^ More Kaya-chan than anyone else. Shujin is so awful to her,I wanted to slap him a few weeks ago!!
Katherine DialKatherine Dial on January 7th, 2011 11:37 am (UTC)
Tenisu no ōji-sama, hantāhantā wa watashi no okiniiri no manga ga shita. Watashi wa anata to onaji ryōkōna byōga nā. Anata wa" tenisu no ōji-sama" no tame ni hataraku, jissai ni shita baai ni wa tokuni watashi ni ōku no insupirēshonda. Ryū-ba wa mata, watashi no okiniiri no mojidesunode, watashi wa DeviantART de anata no geijutsu o aisuru.

Prince of tennis, hunter x hunter were my favorite mangas. I wish I could draw as good as you. You've inspired me a lot especially when you've actually work for "prince of tennis". I love your art at Deviantart since Ryoma is also my fave character.
myu_sanmyu_san on January 23rd, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
Your journal was sent from heaven at the right time... I've been looking all over the internet for info such as this. :) I will write a general response here, just so I don't leave 5 different comments on random entries XD..

I'm also interested on working abroad, and just recently, I considered Japan. So finding your blog was like a miracle. XD I was concerned about the part of getting the job (assistant or mangaka), etc.

I wanted to ask you tho, did you have any previous exposure as comic artist before you moved to Japan?

Good luck publishing! :) Looking forward to your manga!