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Manga Secrets Part Deux?

Who would buy a self-published Manga Secrets Deux? (I'd have to call it something else, because Manga Secrets is the publisher's title.)
The submissions ed at North Light said they didn't want to consider another book unless I sent them a whole manuscript, and I'm not interested in writing a whole book for a maybe $5,000. advance for a book I'll probably have to redo.

Now, part of my interest here is that the market is still being abused with books by artists good and bad who can't draw "anime" and "manga" style for shit, who came late to the party and can't get past surface crap. That's-a making me nuts. The field needs more good books, and yeah, I think I can make at least one more!

I want to do another book on drawing costuming. This is stuff lacking in almost all manga how-to. Not just how to draw clothes that look like clothes (instead shapes defined by elective slashes), but how to show a character at a glance with hair, clothes and attitude. Plus, a few stern lectures on what's Been Done To Death.

So, who'd hit that? Speak up, and by all means spread the word around so I can get feedback from all over.


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Apr. 2nd, 2007 04:13 am (UTC)
I would
Apr. 2nd, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
Cheers, Kiggy!
Apr. 2nd, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
I have a friend who has developed his own manga-type style, and he's quite talented, but is frustrated at his trouble at designing costuming. I think a book like that - not just drawing detailed costumes, but actually coming up with the designs in the first place - would be a great idea. I'd probably buy myself one and get one for him too...
Apr. 2nd, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
Apr. 2nd, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)
How about something like the "How to draw manga" comics that Antarctic press did? Each issue focusing on a different area. Could even self publish them dojin style. ;)
Apr. 2nd, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
Um, no. I'm not asking how I should do this, I'm asking who would buy a book on costume drawing (and character design).

Apr. 2nd, 2007 05:26 am (UTC)
I'd hit that for sure! As an absolute beginner, I'd definitely like something that dealt with costumes and character designs.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
I'd start ya off right!
Apr. 2nd, 2007 05:37 am (UTC)
If it's pretty well filled with Nan, yes. I assume of course it would be filled to the brim with your Art and no other's. The only other I'd tolerate would be Warren Adam.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
Nan all the way.
Apr. 2nd, 2007 07:17 am (UTC)
I'd hit it.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
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Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
More hair, sure!
Apr. 2nd, 2007 11:50 am (UTC)
I haven't seen "Manga Secrets" so I don't know the format you mean... you say it's how to create a character, and how to design a costume? Of all the "How to draw Manga Style" books on the market out there, the only ones I've seen that seemed to go into detail beyond the surface layer was "How To Draw Anime & Game Characters" by Tadashi Ozawa, which, coincidentally, is among the handful of books that's NOT a thinly disguised effort at drawing porn.

Yes, I would buy that. I would come to your house and slap money down on your kitchen table in order to buy that. Especially if you can show how "Manga Style" is just that: a style, an aesthetic choice.

I have been in anime and manga fandom for... well, way to long, and a couple of weeks ago I picked up a French comic and was dazzled by it's exoticness. (Melusine-- It's cute. ^_^) Once upon a time, the US could not fathom a comics industry outside it's borders. Now it's married to the idea of Anime, but not the heart-- and it STILL ignores everywhere else. Anything you can do to help fix that is a good thing, in my book.

.... The "heart" part first, maybe.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
I like Ozawa's books, too, so I decided unless I could cover something O hadn't, it wasn't worth doing.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
A reasonable line of thinking, EXCEPT: I can't find Ozawa's books in the stores anymore. The ones at Amazon.com had the covers changed so they look like the others I was complaining about, the ones that are low grade porn.

As someone who loves manga, I wouldn't see it as repeating what he said, more like re-enforcing it. The number of books out there that repeat the wrong lessons is growing every day, someone needs to bring back the right ones.

The way I see it now, the local book store has a choice between two major "How to Draw Manga" books: Those by The "Society for the Study of Manga Techniques" and those by Christopher Hart. Do you really want modern comics to have only those two as influences? Oh, wait, it already is. ^_^

(And that's the hardest and last I'll push on that, I promise. ^_^)
Apr. 2nd, 2007 12:19 pm (UTC)
Do the book. Someone somewhere will pick it up ("How to draw manga" titles are hot,) and, even if heavy editing will be required, heavy editing will be required anyway, as with most good books. And, your words on the subject need to get out.

So, yes, not only would I hit that, but tap it hard.

Apr. 3rd, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
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Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
Cosplay? Noooo, not I.
Apr. 2nd, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
Yes! Yes and yes, and also yes.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
BUt yes? With fizzy period drinks?
Apr. 3rd, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
I am low on the fizzy version, but they carry other kinds in Canada. Did the last parcel get there OK?
Apr. 2nd, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC)
I'm a art instruction book junkie so-- yes please!
Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
Yay! (Me too, I so love a good instruction book.)
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Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
Which you-know-who? Oh, the one who cranks them out like poo sausages.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
I'd buy one! :)
Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
Apr. 3rd, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)
I'd absolutely buy one, and I'm sure someone else around here locally would also get one(at least).

Also, your original Manga Secrets made my 'one box/two shelves' of books that didn't go into storage for 6 months. Yes, I'm keeping it near, so I can put it under my pillow and wait for the manga secrets fairy to come and whisper even more sweet things in my dreams. ;)
Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
How big was that box? And awwww, I made the cut. It's just ebcause I let you sleep with me.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:26 pm (UTC)
Oh absolutely...
This would be awesome.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh absolutely...
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