Manga are comics that are written in Japanese style (reading from right-to-left) format. They are typically in black & white with screentones. I prefer writing my comics this way. I specialize in writing manga in historical settings and based on mythology. My characters are inspired by real people or from folklore.
How do I read manga?
Manga is read from right to left. Follow the example below:
Once you get the hang of it, you might get into the habit of reading right to left!
History of Manga
Hokusai’s “The Wave”
The famous Japanese artist Hokusai Katsushika was famous for his illustrations and was the first manga-ka. In 1812, he created a book of black & white sketches that he called manga. During the Meiji Era, it was becoming just as popular as ukiyo-e.
The free-flowing composition and quirky style inspired generations of artists. The first manga was mainly about stories of Japanese life, Noh plays & samurai tales with famose people such: as Hideyoshi Toyotomi, Oda Nobunaga, Jubei Yagyu and Musashi Minamoto. Events in Japanese history and folklore of favorite legends such as: Momotaro, Kaguya the Celestial Maiden and Yamata no Orochi. Today, manga attracts readers worldwide!
The first manga.
From ‘Illustrations of Heroes’ by Katsushika Hokusai
First volume of set of four woodblock printed books
Museum no. E.15136-1886
This is the first volume of a four-volume set of woodblock printed books, Illustrations of Heroes, designed by Hokusai and engraved by Sugita Kinsuke and Egawa Tomekichi. The book contains stories of historical and mythical characters from Chinese and Japanese legend. The illustration here is from the ‘Tale of Urashima Taro’.