mmsuben

nichotorres asked:

I love comics and manga but why is it possible for manga chapters to come out every week? compared to comics were it takes a month usually, same amount of pages.

brianmichaelbendis answered:

Because most American comic book artists don’t have numerous assistants working for slave wages on backgrounds and other elements

mmsuben:

Being an assistant, as far as the manga industry goes, is more like an apprenticeship. A lot of mangaka were assistants to others at one time until catching their break and what you learn and the connections you make while being an assistant almost assuredly go a long way. So it’s not like it’s something completely worthless like an unpaid internship like we have here.

Just as an example: one of the asisstants for Death Note/Bakuman artist Takeshi Obata was Nobuhiro Watsuki, creator of Rurouni Kenshin. One of Watsuki’s assistants, in turn was Eiichiro Oda, creator of One Piece.

You’re also ignoring the fact that assistants aren’t hired by the publisher and assigned to a mangaka but rather the mangaka themself hires their own assistants and pays them out of their own pocket. And in the manga industry you’re not making a living on page rate alone, but rather through royalties from tankobon sales and merchandising so yes while assistants could probably be paid more for the work they do, when you’re paying them out of your own pocket and you’re not a mega-success (like, say, Oda) you have to find a balance between paying your assistants and making sure you still have money for living expenses (rent, food, bills, etc.), equipment, whatever.

Basically you sound like a jackass.

After drinking most of the cheap riesling my mom didnt care for last night, I bought a even cheaper bottle this morning an replaced it before she found out.  This afternoon i find her drinking the 3/4ths full replacement wine straight out of the bottle.  Ok great, I guess she didn’t notice the difference!

superhappy
krudman:

gigidigi:

Happy April Fool’s Day!
With the nature of this year’s gag, it’s easy to walk away with the impression that I’m making a mockery of kids who are just learning how to draw–many of whom might be fans of this comic! For those of you struggling with insecurity about your art, I have a secret: all of the “Kukobu Quest” artwork you see is 100% genuine stuff I drew about ten years ago. Even most of the writing was copied straight from my 2004 Livejournal entries.
If anything, I hope that “Kukobu Quest” will encourage artists who fear that they may never become “good enough” to bring their dreams to life. Regardless of your skill level, you will get better as long as you work hard and keep an open mind. The road to improvement never ends, and that can be scary, but if you find yourself worrying that your artistic pursuits are a waste of time, I hope you’ll think of Kukobu. He’s cheering for you in his own, weird way.

Beautiful.

krudman:

gigidigi:

Happy April Fool’s Day!

With the nature of this year’s gag, it’s easy to walk away with the impression that I’m making a mockery of kids who are just learning how to draw–many of whom might be fans of this comic! For those of you struggling with insecurity about your art, I have a secret: all of the “Kukobu Quest” artwork you see is 100% genuine stuff I drew about ten years ago. Even most of the writing was copied straight from my 2004 Livejournal entries.

If anything, I hope that “Kukobu Quest” will encourage artists who fear that they may never become “good enough” to bring their dreams to life. Regardless of your skill level, you will get better as long as you work hard and keep an open mind. The road to improvement never ends, and that can be scary, but if you find yourself worrying that your artistic pursuits are a waste of time, I hope you’ll think of Kukobu. He’s cheering for you in his own, weird way.

Beautiful.