wp wrote:Yes, I also noticed that they have failed to fix the description for this board. "Magna" indeed.
So, how about it? Do we start something back up besides "Akira is teh R0XX0RZ" threads? Make this board into something useful? Or do we just let sleeping dogs lie?
Although I can see a manga-ish style to your comic, I never really knew if you intended it to be manga, JexKerome. So, do you?
I SO totally blame Rumiko Takahashi for my comic. SHE made me do it: change my style, learn new tricks, buy new tools, spend my money in anime and manga... and then when she came to the Comic Con on 2000 I couldn't get her autgraph. That sucked.
As for my comic being manga: I sincerely believe manga can only come from Japan. Why? because manga's full of cultural references, viewpoints and stories unique to the japanese psyche. You can make a great comic in japanese style, add familiar trappings and situations to it (Ninja HighSchool, anyone?) and STILL not get there. "American Manga" is as phony to me as "Japanese Mariachis": the technique may be there, but the cultural subtext that makes it unique is totally missing.
So my comic has japanese-style art, I more or less try for a mix of romantic and wacky situations, and I consciously try to stay away from japanese mannerism and references, like the pinky/thumb thing for boyfriend/girlfriend, speaking in japanese or eating japanese snacks like Pocky. But it is NOT manga. Even though, you know, my Guide entry says it is
Which reminds me, somewhere I read that the "hand on the back of the head" posture for when one is embarrased (like the one I did on the Cluedo strip where I'm a ghost) is actually japanese; I haven't found the reference again, though, so I'm curious. Is it? And what other postures/gestures in manga are uniquely japanese? Anyone know? NiChiShi, I'm looking in your direction...