In the west, Manga are defined as Comic Books of Japanese origin. As a medium, there isn't a difference between Manga and American comic books because they both follow them same method of sequential art. However, there are cultural differences in the way they are presented to the consumer.

In Japan, various Manga stories are printed in anthology magazines (like the Shonen Jump) on cheap paper with no color. Eventually, the individual stories will be reissued in their own digest style collections and resold directly to the consumer.

On the other hand English language comic books are usually given their own individual pamplet that includes color and are reprinted in trade paperback forms.

In Japan, comic books are very popular (the most popular mangas, like One Piece and Dragonball, often sell into the millions) and are more respected as an art because of the various genres that are on the market. While English comic books have a very limited readership and are still looked down upon by many as a worthless art-form and mos of the comics found in comic shops derive from the superhero market. One week sales of a manga in japan outsells the entire yearly American comics market.

The vast majority of Manga's success can be traced to Osama Tezuka, the man often considered to be the father of Japanese comics. In his lifetime he created Astro Boy, the Buddha series, and the Phoenix collections (which is often considered by critics as his defining work).
Popular Manga: Dragonball, Naruto, Berserk, Akira.

Manga is a legitimate artistic medium.
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Greek guy with lots of swag.
Wow that guy has five chains on a muschtache and looks cool he must be a mangas.
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A Greek man who is equal to a stud but much more. He usually smokes a lot of cigarettes and dances to a lot of greek music. He wears dress shoes, jeans, and a dress shirt all the time(usually a black shirt). He carries himself very well and gets all the ladies. Everyone looks up to him and wants to be him. OPA MANGES!!!
POUSE RE MANGA?
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Noun. Either Spanish for mango, or a Japanese-style comic book. (Go to mango for more info on the first definition.) Manga is a Japanese-style comic book, (Like I said earlier.) Manga has grown lots of fans in Japan, U.S.A., Europe, and other countries. It has 2 basic styles, Shoujo and Shounen. Shoujo is the girly, romantic, comedy types, like Fruits Basket or Kaichou Wa Maid-Sama. Shounen is the action, violentish types, like Dragon Ball and Naruto. There are 2 ways to read it: Translated (The Japanese words are translated to your language) or Raw (No edits, the original Japanese thing). Manga is commonly black and white, sometimes with color pages. A manga story is divided into chapters. Every chapter comes out each week. A group of chapters in one book is a volume. Manga has evolved into anime, a animated version of the story. (See anime for more info about it)
Did you read the manga of Black Butler yet?
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A person with high intelect but very little common sense.

Pronounced- Mang (rhymes with bang)... gas
Superlative is Mangaskhan. Abbrevation is Mongo.
Matt: "Over spring break I was looking to buy weed but I accidentally got molested by a gay drug dealer after I smoked crack with him"
Lee: "You did what?!... You can be such a mangas"
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1. A Japanese graphic novel.
Not to be mistaken with Japanese porn comics called HENTAI, which is actually a sub-category under the general category, Manga.
Manga is generally read from left to right, and from the last page to the first, unlike an English book.

2. A Malayalam\Tamil word for mango(a sweet tropical fruit that usually ripens in the summer).
1. I have read a manga about a samurai warrior.

2. I had a 'manga' after lunch.
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Basically, it's comic-style or single-panel style art of Japanese origin. Most anime shows are based on manga.
Go to any store that sells comic books. Manga comics aren't hard to find.
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Manga is a japanese comic book, yet very unlike an american comic book. First of all, the artwork is amazing! And you read it from right to left.
Inuyasha, Fruits Basket, D.N Angel, Angel Sanctuary, Chobits and Wolf's Rain are all examples of manga.
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