japanese-manga

(Just a random image from a long time ago… applying Screen Tone. Forgive my hairy fingers… >.<)


Just a thought… 

My cousin found a post with my Disney Princess series (oh boy! I’m flattered that this author thought my drawings cool enough to make a post about it) at MOVIEPILOT (http://moviepilot.com/posts/2015/03/24/check-out-these-13-awesome-manga-drawings-of-all-your-favorite-disney-princesses-2807439?lt_source=external,share_fb,manual&fb_ref=Default).

I had to read the comments… I wanted to know what people thought of my drawings.

And I learned that here in America (or any English speaking countries) they have quite a different idea on what manga or anime is, compared to Japan. 

I grew up in Japan until I was 11, so I grew up reading manga and watching anime. I don’t know as much as the manga/anime otaku people, but I do know what manga and anime is. (So I kinda get irritated when people think I don’t know anything about it…)

Sure, my style is not like those typical Japanese style, but I do consider myself manga-artist.

Manga is any image (no matter what kind of style) that shows a story- whether it be just one image or series of images. So to Japanese, American Sunday comics in the newspapers is considered manga too. 

Sometimes they do use the word “comic” to differentiate American comic from Japanese comic, but the word “manga” can apply to all of them.

If I made a story, and illustrated it using my style with boxes and speech bubbles, that is also manga.

I deliberately stopped drawing in the traditional Japanese style, because that’s what every other Japanese draw. I wanted to stand out among all those other talented artists, so I decided to mix in another style that I loved since childhood… the American cartoons. I loved how they had much more variety of expressions, and differences in each characters’ appearances. (No offence, but to me characters drawn in Japanese style all look the same… the only differences are their hair styles and maybe a bit of the shape of their eyes) 

I started drawing characters with different nose shapes, different face shapes, and different eye shapes. I liked how it looked, so that’s how I’ve been drawing ever since.


As for anime…

In Japan, anything animated is called anime, they don’t point to specific drawing styles. Anime is short for animation. So even Disney movies can be called anime. Or Spongebob. 

I’m not saying that’s right and that’s wrong, or offend Japanese manga/anime lovers, but I just wanted to write down what I felt and thought by reading those comments…

I guess in the English speaking countries manga/anime points to Japanese style drawings, but please know that manga and anime is much broader than that!


Wow such a long post… Thanks for reading :)

Comic Walker: Free Digital Manga for Web and iOS Opens Today!

I was just linked to this fantastic web and iOS app that launched today and I just have to share it with you guys.

What is Comic Walker?

Comic Walker is an online Web and iPhone app that gives readers the chance to read a wide variety of Manga in the original Japanese, English and also Chinese. Not all manga are translated (numbers as of this post are JP: 116, ENG: 18, CN: 22) but there is more than enough to keep you going for now, and the service is set to grow. Current manga include Neon Genesis Evangelion ,Gundam, SGT Frog, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, among others…!

How can Comic Walker help me learn Japanese/Chinese?

You can also use Comic Walker to learn Chinese but I will be focusing on Japanese here. Comic Walker has a built in function to switch between the Japanese and English versions, meaning you can read a page in Japanese, and if you don’t understand a phrase or word you can check with the English version. This is somewhat like a parallel text but I have yet to have seen a service like this for manga.

However, the transition isn’t entirely smooth - you cannot switch a page at a time so you have to switch to the entire other version each time. This does mean the process is a bit slower, so I’d recommend going through the whole manga and making notes of what to check once you’ve finished.

The iOS app is well developed and it’s easy to navigate while reading the manga. Some of the manga are in black and white but a few are available in full colour. (For example, I am reading Neon Genesis Evangelion and the quality is fantastic). This would be even better on an iPad though unfortunately I don’t own one!

Also integrated into the iOS version is a push notification system, so you’ll get a notification the next time a chapter is available for the manga you are reading, as well as recommendations and personal lists. The web version is just as good and offers all the same features, but I personally prefer to read on the go.

Problems?

Aside from the slow transition between languages, there is also the fact that this was not produced for the sole purpose of language learning. So there are no dictionaries or Kanji look-up options. However, if you want something that is free (compared to international manga shipping prices..!) then this is fantastic.

This is probably not the best app for beginners but that doesn’t mean it won’t be useful or fun if you don’t understand most of it (it just might be a little frustrating).

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Do you know any other apps like this? Comment below and let me know!

Visit the Comic Walker website HERE or download the App HERE.