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May 18th, 2006


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01:00 pm - Question for manga fans
Sheesh. Okay. I've been trying to avoid manga, mostly because that style of art really throws the visual side of my brain for a loop, and because I hear it's like crack (addictive and really expensive), and because the few I've looked at have not had the type of stories that tend to grab me.

However, my 11-year-old sister has just gotten into manga. Drawing it herself, to be precise.

So I guess I'd better learn something about it.



"I was wondering if you could try to find some books on
creating SHOUJO comic books. That is the particular style of manga I'm drawing. It has several types called SUBGENERES or something like that. My subgeneres will probably be the magical girl category,wich is where there are seversl girls that can transform into beautiful evil fighting gals,and each have a gift wich they use to battle with,such as fire or water. Oh,I Looove it! I might put a bishie in there too. bishie is japanese for
'beautiful young boy',and they're the image of every girls dream guy."


Anybody know of anything like that? Her birthday's coming up, so I might have to buy her one. :-)


Okay, watching my little sister jump into a side of fandom (well, sort of) that I have studiously avoided is a little startling. I'm steering her *away* from things like Sailor Moon, which did nothing but annoy me...maybe if I get her a copy of Howl's Moving Castle, she'd like that....
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From:vertigozooropa
Date:May 18th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
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You're very much in luck, because "How to do manga" books are more prolific than cockroaches. Just go to a comic store, and there are MANY.
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 18th, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
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Oh good! I may have to try a bigger comic store than my usual haunt, I think--they don't carry a ton of manga (well, they do, but a very low percentage as opposed to the current titles + collections + graphic novels + merchandise/figures that the story carries).
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From:jd3000
Date:May 18th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
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There must be scads in LA.

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 18th, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC)
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There are, oh, there are! :-) But the one I frequent is near my work and home, so I don't have to go traipsing about all over this hugemongeous city. It has a solid selection, and they have a small enough client base that they recognize you when you come in. "Here for your latest Joss fix?" "Yep."

If you come down here sometime, though, I'm taking you to The Golden Apple on Melrose. Large store, huge selection of new/old mainstream comics, loads of merchandise and special stuff, and a massive amount of indie comics (and manga, but I never paid attention to the manga).

What always amuses me is the attention paid to women who frequent such stores. The (almost all male) employees are suddenly very helpful, and if you know what you're talking about (come in and ask about a certain issue by a certain artist, say), the level of respect becomes tangible. *grin* It's fun being a female comics nerd.
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From:jd3000
Date:May 19th, 2006 12:13 am (UTC)
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What always amuses me is the attention paid to women who frequent such stores. The (almost all male) employees are suddenly very helpful, and if you know what you're talking about (come in and ask about a certain issue by a certain artist, say), the level of respect becomes tangible. *grin* It's fun being a female comics nerd.

Ha! Oh yes, that's almost a cliche now. Although more and more women are getting into comics, so those poor guys will finally see their fandom even out. :-)

-JD
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From:vertigozooropa
Date:May 19th, 2006 02:26 am (UTC)
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That's interesting. All the stores around here are drowning in manga. Chapters has 3 1/2 full shelving units full of manga, with the remaining half holding their entire stock of western TPB's. My local comic store has a lot of manga, too. And anime. I often hear requests for anime or manga from customers when I'm in the store. Aside from their extensive stock of books, I'm sure they special order of a lot of manga, too. I sometimes wonder if the store would survive without manga sales.

I don't like it. It's not that I don't so much like manga, which I guess I don't. It's its prevalence over American comics. Teenagers can get enough of the stuff, but they won't even look at American stuff. Not even Neil Gaiman rates in their eyes.

But, yeah, manga's really silly stuff, to my eyes. I've looked at it on many occasions, hoping to pick up on whatever makes it so popular, and I often put it down, calling it garbage. Because it is garbage to me, and I suspect that the people who read it don't know what else is out there. But that's my opinion, and worth only that.

I am displeased by the number of "how to make manga" books they have in stock at my local store, because for every shelf of those, they have less than zero "how to write comics" books.

Which is to say they don't sell them at all. Well, rarely. Isn't that interesting? You'd think more people would show an interest.

Yeah, tons of "how to draw" books. Almost no "how to write" books. I don't know how many of the art books are western style, and how many are Japanese, but there are quite a few manga books.

Hope you find what you're looking for. :-)
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From:jhall1
Date:May 19th, 2006 09:30 am (UTC)
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I don't like it. It's not that I don't so much like manga, which I guess I don't. It's its prevalence over American comics. Teenagers can get enough of the stuff, but they won't even look at American stuff. Not even Neil Gaiman rates in their eyes.

A mildly annoyed Brit writes: But Gaiman is British.
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From:jd3000
Date:May 19th, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
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Swap American with Western, then. :-)

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 19th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
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Yes, he is British, but he also (now) lives in America. :-)

I think the divide here is East/West, right?
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From:lapinguina
Date:May 19th, 2006 01:19 am (UTC)
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Anywhere like Barnes & Noble has a graphic novels section too, and when I worked there there were definitely some how-to books around. If you can't find them in comic stores, anyway...
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From:jhall1
Date:May 19th, 2006 09:32 am (UTC)
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Okay, watching my little sister jump into a side of fandom (well, sort of) that I have studiously avoided is a little startling.

Could the fact that you've avoided it be part of the attraction? She might feel that it wouldn't be very cool to copy big sis. :)
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 19th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
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Probably not--I'm 15 years her senior, and I've never "avoided" manga in obvious ways as much as I've simply never thought much of it. I don't go to that section of comic stores because it's superhero comics that interest me. *shrug*

I think part of it is that we have different tastes--and that manga wasn't around when I was 11 (at least not in my circles). I might have liked it then! :-)

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