You may or may not already know, but in between my manga reading I dabble in the world drawing, comic making, and otherwise wannabe artist-type person. It’s a time-consuming but satisfying way to apply yourself but yes, I’ve not been tending very well to this blog because of it. Sorry about that! In recognition that there are many people who also enjoy drawing and such, I thought it’d be fun to have a super-quick rundown of manga about drawing manga!
Pretty Maniacs – The chronicles of a school Manga Club that works together to build its membership and sell its own comics at Comiket. Less time is dedicated to the drawing part of comic-making, but more to the production side of things. I now know how to compile, trim and bind my own perfect bound book which, to my knowledge, is a rather unique aspect of this manga. Not exactly deep, but it’s high on humour and enthusiasm.
Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga – Two guys in a room decide they will conquer the world with manga. To do this, they need to make manga that will appeal to every audience in every style, and so mercilessly tear through every cliché and archetype that can be found in manga. Pointing out weak storytelling is normally a criticism, but here it is something to use, celebrate and then exploit. It’s funny, almost to the point at which you’d think the creators hold manga with contempt. But there’s a special kind of love there, and I share it with them.