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Create Japanese comics

Want to learn how to create Japanese comics like the legendary Bakuman or Naruto but don’t know where to start? Online project to teach and popularise art of creating Japanese comic books, will help amateur artists publish their works.

books Updated: Apr 27, 2011 13:01 IST
Sneha Mahale

Want to learn how to create Japanese comics like the legendary Bakuman or Naruto but don’t know where to start? Well, you aren’t the only one. Despite the growing popularity of manga comic books in India, not much is known about the art of creating the Japanese-styled comics. That is set to change. All thanks to an online project by a few manga enthusiasts that hopes to popularise the art in India. As part of the project, budding artists will be given advise and their final works will be published in hardcopy and will be released on the iPhone and iPad too.

“This idea was in our head for five years. Manga has become popular all over the world and it’s reaching India with successful series like Naruto, Bleach, Dragon Ball,” says Richard Yagou, a 25-year-old IT technician, who works at Manga India. But the idea became stronger after they read Bakuman, a manga where two college mates dream of becoming mangakas and want to get published in Japanese magazine, Shonen Jump. “If this project succeeds, we will have a great satisfaction to have brought out a new image of India.” Engineer Antoine Yagou(30), accountant Sagayaradjou Dessaints (26) and banker Steeve Asselin (28) are the other people involved.

To be a part of the project, enthusiasts can submit their work to www.mangaindia. com. Once your project is submitted, the team will read it and check its quality. You will then be given advice on changes to make. The process will go back and forth, until the team is satisfied with your work. Once satisfied, the panels get published online and other readers will judge the work. “We are aiming to launch online first, so that readers of any country can give feedback to the author’s creation,” says Yagou.

Finally, works more appreciated will be published in a book format. “Yes, we will publish one author’s work in hard copy and contracts will be signed with promising talents to create their manga,” says Yagou. To help things along, they are also preparing a manga contest this summer with themes like cricket, kabbadi, love story, Indian cooking manga and others. So are you ready to become a mangaka?

Manga mania
To start, read a few mangas like Vinland Saga, 20th Century Boys, Death Note, Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist.
Read Bakuman, it will give you some details of working style of mangakas.
Develop your area of expertise. You have to choose the gender, age and fictional genre. For example, shoujo manga targets girls, seinen targets young men, shounen manga targets boys and josei manga targets young women.
Buy a book on how to create manga. There are a lot of website that explain how to create manga. Here are two: or www.howtodrawmanga. com/
Work hard and don’t give up.

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