Manga Mania: How to Draw Japanese Comics

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The only step-by-step guide ever published on drawing this wildly popular style of comic book art—perfect for every age!

Take a look at the wild popularity of such shows as Pokémon, Digimon, and Dragonball Z, and you'll see the Manga style of comic-book art in action. There's no doubt about it: Manga is hot. And Manga Mania is the only guide that details, step by step, how young and veteran artists alike can draw fantasy robots, diabolical ...

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Overview

The only step-by-step guide ever published on drawing this wildly popular style of comic book art—perfect for every age!

Take a look at the wild popularity of such shows as Pokémon, Digimon, and Dragonball Z, and you'll see the Manga style of comic-book art in action. There's no doubt about it: Manga is hot. And Manga Mania is the only guide that details, step by step, how young and veteran artists alike can draw fantasy robots, diabolical monsters, mythical animals, and the other exciting characters that are part of this exciting genre.

Manga art has many styles: the young Manga style, à la Pokémon; and the more mature style popular with teens and adults. Manga Mania covers them both. Big, splashy chapters demonstrate how to draw martial arts, special effects, and much, much more. Since the Manga style stresses character rather than anatomy, Manga comics are easier to draw. So a beginning comic-book artist can easily learn the tricks of the trade.

Chris Hart, known for his very clear step-by-step illustrations and accompanying text, details how anyone can become a real Manga artist without having to reinvent the art of drawing.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Hart, a successful contributor to MAD magazine, the Blondie cartoon strip, and film and TV, adds another volume to his prolific output of books, which includes his recent Cartooning for the Beginner (LJ 11/15/00). Here he presents the only book on how to draw the wildly popular manga style of comic book art. In Japan, manga comics are devoured by children and adults. The style has been imported in the form of Digimon, Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, and Pok mon. Hart is a master at teaching cartooning methods, and this book, with chapters like "The Bad Boys of Manga" and "Manga's Fantasy Realm," doesn't disappoint. Recommended for public libraries. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-Hart takes a small but measurable step beyond the basics in this guide to the distinctive Japanese art form. Sandwiched between an introduction to the several genres of manga and a searching interview with Bill Flanagan, editor in chief for one of the largest U.S. manga publishers, is a discussion of techniques for drawing, dressing, and posing all of the standard character types effectively ("-you want a short upper lip, which is a trademark of a youthful character. Long upper lips are reserved for older and sinister characters"). Hart covers creating animals, from dragons to sidekicks, and composing panels that are properly cinematic. For the art, which mixes dozens of step drawings with flurries of finished, usually colored, sample figures, he supplements his own work with generic examples from nine domestic artists, then uses examples of popular published manga to illustrate the interview. Though writing, storyboarding, and computer-assisted design are not covered here, and chapters that introduce a few phrases of tourist Japanese and provide brief, standard generalities about careers in the comics industry are off topic, this book dishes up such generous helpings of specific advice and general encouragement that it makes an appealing alternative to Mikio Kawanishi's How to Draw Manga: Expert Edition (Graphic-Sha, 1998; o.p.) and the many narrowly focused instructional manuals.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823030354
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Series: Manga Mania Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 627,526
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Hart

CHRISTOPHER HART is the world's bestselling author of drawing and cartooning books. His books have sold more than 6 million copies and have been translated into 20 languages. Renowned for up-to-the-minute content and easy-to-follow steps, all of Hart's books have become staples for a new generation of aspiring artists and professionals, and they have been selected by the American Library Association for special notice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2005

    well ok

    WELL THIS BOOK ONLY HELPED ME DRAW MUCH BETTER EYES BECAUSE I DREW THEM FROM LOOKING AT THEM BUT TEACHING YOU HOW TO DRAW MANGA THIS BOOK JUST DOESN'T CUT IT BUY A BOOK BY A JAPANESE ARTIST WHO TEACHES YOU WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2004

    The Best of His Books

    As a beginner this book really helped on teaching me the structure and forms of anime and manga characters out of all of Hart's books this was the most helpful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2004

    Hmm...

    alrighty, i had gotten this book cas i just reallly sucked at drawing and i thought it would help. but...guess what...it didn't...at all. this book really tends to show off his art..more than teach you how to draw. i dind't really learn anything from it...except how the dude draws....and...its not that good anywayXDso..i recommend a book by another artist that acutally teaches you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2004

    Well

    I've borrowed all of the anime/manga by Chris Hart from my cousin, including this one, and honestly they all are of little use, even if ur a beginner or pro artist. these books are more of the 'showing off his drawing talent and style ' rather than providing detailed instructions on how to draw anime, showing off a variety colored illustrations isn't really providing the viewer to help them get a better understanding of what they really need to work on, I highly don't recommend any of these types of books. They really don't even make great references anyway. Lastly, whenever you think of buying a book like this, ask yourself, does this book have what I want to help me improve my drawing skills and knowledge of anatomy? Do this before u make a final decision it to save u money and always think twice about it. All of these books didn't help me improve my drawing skills at all, I had better improvements on looking for tutorials and using anime series images off of search engines to tell u the truth. All the cool flashy characters,style, and costumes may catch your attention but the important thing is focusing on what u as an artist need to work on to improve and not rely on these types of books too much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2004

    And I thought I couldn't draw people...

    This is an outstanding book on how to draw manga. I can't tell you how many complements I get on how good my drawings look. I always told people 'I'm no good at people, I think I'll stick with animals', but now I'm thinking of becoming a comic book artist. I must say, however, that it did not go in depth at the anatomy of the human, as far as body proportions or as much as I would have liked into the creatures of manga. But it is a great book for novices who are just starting out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2003

    This book is SO cool!

    This book rox! It teaches the basics and also many other things most people don't know about when they try and draw manga characters! ^_^ If I could I'd give it more than five stars! I'd give it infinity!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2003

    This Book Rocks!!

    I first saw this book at my local library, where it caught my eye because I was just becoming interested in manga at the time. I checked it out and had trouble returning it because it was so GREAT!! I love all of the drawings in it, especially the color ones (there are lots of them). This book covers a lot of diffrent stlyes and has good explinations of the basics. I only wish that it had more step by step instuctions for making the drawings. An absolute beginer might find it a little hard to follow, but if you've learned some minimal art skills, definatly buy this book and watch your drawings improve!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2003

    who <3 anime! i <3 anime!

    Whhhooo Hoooo!!! this book is A-W-E-S-O-M-E! i got it a while back and i still use it here an there. when i first got into manga and anime i went totally crazy! this book helped me out so much that i've started my own series, it's pretty good. you have to try it out!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2003

    A good reference book but not for beginners

    This is a great book for those who already are experienced in drawing or know the basics of drawing. It is not a step by step guide of drawing but rather an explaination of techniques in manga. That said, i like the book and find it has given me much inspiration in my works. A must have for any serious comic book artist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2002

    Shoujo Dude!

    This book is really awesome! I thought it was a really cool book at first, then I saw that it was even cooler when it showed me how to draw Shoujo manga! Now I am like a pro and I have my own series! I think everyone should read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2002

    An addition to you book collection

    Loved this book! Great tips on how to make up your own characters and how to make them realistic!! I'd recommend this to anyone!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2002

    must have for manga lovers!!!!!

    I am a very stubborn person, and I really hate books that tell you how to do stuff (i.e. draw, drive, feed your cat, etc.)But, my best friend has this awesome book, and just asked me to try it, for once. I did, and I was hooked. They describe everything in stap by step detail, and my fave part? they show you how to draw the basic poses (i.e. shy, flirtatious, interested, etc.) buy the book, and it will be a treause for years to come!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2002

    Pretty Cool

    This is a pretty cool how 2 draw book and it really improved my drawing style. C.H. is a wonderful artist, but when he tried to demonstrate panels and dynamic poses his drawings seemed to suddenly transform into really sloppy, crappily drawn pictures. Other than that, this book is splendid.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2002

    Mehh

    I think the book was ok, I hated the images and there thould have been more on clothing but over all it was a good book for beginers.TO BAD I AM NOT A BEGINER OR I WOULD HAVE LIKED IT. I can not recomend it for anyone who can draw well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2002

    Not too shabby!

    I like this book alot. Though he could have done more work on explaining mechas. And he got pretty sloppy on the Shoen part. But he does pretty well when it comes to magical creatures!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2002

    Great book

    if you are already into anime and know the basics, this book is for you! this book helps give you ideas on characters and how to make them realistic.This book has it all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2002

    wwwwwwwwwwoooooooooooowwwwwww

    This is a great learn to draw book!!!the first couple of pages didn't seem too good of drawings and i didn't want to get a book that made me draw like that. then i looked at the next couple of pages and it amazed me how good this person could draw. Now i amaze myself at drawings ^_^

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2002

    Best 'How to draw book' ever!

    I drew horably until I got this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2002

    Review by an anime/Manga fiend from Hell!

    This book is Awesome!I havent bought this book yet, I borrowed it from a good friend and was amazed! I had just purchased a How To Draw Manga book written by an American artist who hadn't really gotten down the Japanese technique, so when I borrowed it I was sceptical. I don't have very great drawing skills, but when I flipped to the fantasy section, I drew an awesome Elf from the guidelines, so this book really can help anyone, if not making you really good at drawing, it will certainly improve your skills.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2002

    manga

    This book is awesome, I love it! This is a great book for beginners, and now I'm drawing better than ever!

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