american mangaka

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Phew! I’ve made it to Japan and survived my first week! I don’t have Internet in my apartment, so I’ve been hunting free wifi whenever I can. I’ve made some videos I would love to upload and share my experience as a manga student, but it’ll have to wait till I can figure out my internet situation! If you are interested in following my YouTube please go and subscribe to… Magickal Mangaka ;)

More to share soon! Hugs and lots of loooove~

Writing a Manga

is tricky when you can’t draw for shit.

Anyone good at drawing? Let me know. 

I got a card from an American mangaka who said I could email him for more info on creation and getting published.

I wrote up a bit of it so far [although the outline is MASSIVE].

It’s a lot like a shounen but with a female lead ala Kill la Kill with much more clothing if you want a point of reference. The story is nothing like it though.

This idea is my baby. I’ve had it for years.

Asahi Newspaper: Kumamoto edition. June 4, 2012.


S
tand Out Individual. American Mangaka Exhibition

25-year-old Zachary Johnson, an American ALT from Illinois currently working at Kawaura Middle and Elementary schools in Amakusa, organized and exhibited ten American comic artists at the Amakusa Cultural Exchange Center.  Johnson studied contemporary art history as well as arts business in college. “Artworks and artists are intertwined. Through these artworks, I want people to feel the humanity of the artists,” he commented on the exhibition.

The work on exhibition focused on works by artists born in the 1980’s and 90’s. The pieces were different from general Japanese manga in their simple panel division, but the fact that the work inspired thoughts of pictures books and woodcuts, and in their humorous touches and other qualities, they made each of the individual artists stand out.

Of the ten, Johnson had only met two in person. He discovered the remaining eight online. Similarly, nine of the ten artists’ works were sent and received electronically.

Johnson has been interested in Japan, China, and Asian nations in general since childhood. During high school, he spent two months in Niigata prefecture on a home stay. Japanese architecture in particular, has been an interest of his. “I love Karatsu Castle. It’s small size and age are really nice.”

He arrived in Japan last August.  At Kawaura Middle School he works to incorporate art into the classroom. Speaking on the satisfaction that comes with life in Amakusa surrounded by the sea and mountains, he said, “I’ve never lived in a place this beautiful before.” Though it’s the same country as Niigata and the sight-seeing areas of Tokyo, he said he finds happiness in the fact that unlike those places, here strangers talk to each other.

A video on my journey to create & release vol.4 of “SACRED” is coming soon (since many of you have asked for it 💕) Interview, WIP vids & more! Plz look out 4 it, dears💕

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Yeah, ten years ago every kid you knew loved Naruto and wanted to be the First American Mangaka, and now all those kids love Adventure Time and want to Make Cartoons, and in ten years maybe they’ll all wanna be Space Painters, Who Paint in Space, and maybe that’s all a load of crap and statistically very few of those people will succeed

But the more people who try, the more people who fail, the more kids who chase those dreams with everything they have, the more spectacular their successes will be because just getting there was so dang hard. That or the passion they have for one thing fuels their improvement and leads to the discovery of something else entirely, some new skill or medium they have a passion for. Stomping on foolish ambition is stomping on artistic development, plain and simple

Laugh, roll your eyes, anonymously tell your local tween dreamer that their dreams suck, but young artists who dream big and unashamedly are the ones whose works make a positive, lasting difference in the end. Imagine what a whole generation of young artists doing that can do