How to be a mangaka:
A guide for aspiring artists everywhere!
Want to learn how to become a mangaka?
I worked on The Prince of Tennis manga in Japan for two years, and I lived in Japan for nine years. But I’m probably a lot more like you than you think! I am not Japanese– I am American. I was born and raised in the United States, and I got into anime and manga when I was in high school (way back in the 90s!). I loved it so much that I decided to just live in Japan when I graduated college, and then I made it happen. After years working at jobs that I didn’t really like, I finally found myself working an amazing job in manga (that you can read all about here and in my new book!), but I started out just like any average person. I had no special advantages. I just worked hard for it (you can read about my first year in Japan also, here).
The one thing that would have been helpful, though, would have been having a mentor. I can’t mentor everyone personally, but I’m sharing my knowledge of the manga industry and making manga here on my blog so that if you’re looking for answers, at least you have somewhere to start.
So please, do read on, and if you think that it’s good advice, share it on social media or between your friends! If you want more advice, comment or email me (I get to everyone, but it may take some time!), or better yet, ask me for interviews or to be on your videos or podcasts, and ask your favorite anime convention to bring me in as a guest! It’s the best way to reach a lot of people at once, which is what I want to do. I want to help all of the potential mangaka outside of Japan become great artists, and tell great stories! Eventually, it’s part of my dream to start a manga magazine available at newsstands and supermarkets around the world in all sorts of language, with amazing content, but for that, I first need to help other artists realize their potential. <3
☆ Part 1: Paths artists take to becoming mangaka in Japan.
☆ Part 2: Tools that manga artists in Japan use.
☆ Part 3: Entering a manga contest and sending submissions from outside of Japan.
☆ Part 4: Writing the NAME
☆ Part 5: Coming Soon!