From the Publisher
"... Just the right pick for anyone who secretly draws Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! characters on notepads in office meetings ... This easy-to-use guide discusses all the important ingredients of the wide-eyed manga universe." -Animation Magazine
"Avid fans of manga and aspiring artists will love taking a peek behind the scenes and learning to create their own manga artwork from this book." -VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)
"What makes this book stand out from the numerous other manga and anime how-to books are the great interviews with professionals ... highly recommended." -Hawaii Herald
"Ever wanted to draw manga but didn't know where to start? Do you feel there's something not quite right with your drawing but not sure what? [This book] is the book for you" -Japan Today
Read an Excerpt
"Improve your technique as you learn from everyday experience!"
by Takao Yaguchi
One radiant character in the Japanese manga hail of fame is Sanpei Mihira, a
brilliant young fisherman (about eleven years old) in a trade-mark straw hat
who wrestles with monstrous fish and challenges adult master fisherman. The
unique "Tsuri Kichi Sanpei" ("Fishing-Mad Sanpei") has been a highly popular work
for over thirty years. It's a magnificent drama, appealing even to readers
who aren't at all interested in fishing.
At the age of thirty Sanpei's creator, Takao Yaguchi, gave up his secure job
at a bank and launched himself into the world of professional manga. Before
long he had established the new genre of "Fishing Manga."
THE PATH OF A MANGA ARTIST
In order to discover more about the charm of Yagu-chi's work, I asked about
his early influences. He told me that by the age of four, he had already been
enchanted by the colossal scale of "Monkey: Jour-ney to the West" (a classic of
Chinese literature). A precocious child, he was engrossed in copying the
pictures in his illustrated copy.
I remember during the war paper was hard to come by, so I used to draw on the
blank pages in between chapters in novels. Pencils were really poor
quality--you had to lick the lead to get it to draw dark lines. I also used to paint
graffiti of steel-helmeted soldiers on the paper shoji screens with a brush and
I've heard that when you were in the top grade of elementary school, you
dreamt of becoming a man-ga artist like Osamu Tezuka.
In the spring break before entering the fourth grade in April, I came across
Osamu Tezuka's manga "Ryusenkei Jiken" ("The Streamlining Incident") and was
stunned. It was about a car race, a competition between two automobile
companies, one owned by rabbits, the other by wicked wolves. The cun-ning manager of
the wolves' company tried to stop production at the rabbits' company by doing
things like plying the workers with alcohol and food, and then encouraging them
to go on strike.