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.
#comics #graphic novels #osamu tezuka #dragonball #manga-ki #comic books
by A. Coleman December 19, 2007
actually manga is a japanese style of drawing usually in comic books
CLAMP writes manga
by goddess December 12, 2002
manga is a form of book as in the best fourm of book ever!some manga follows along with anime which is a type of tv show.Manga is also a fourm of drawing. A book in manga is more of a comic book and in the fourm of a book is called a graphic novel.
Manga=form of drawing
#manga #monga #mangy #mongy #minga #anime
by Otaku Kitten October 06, 2005
I just want to point out that Manga is not Japanese comic books in general. It's a common misconception. Manga is actually the style in which the different kinds of comic books are made. For Example: It is actually just Shonen, not Shonen Manga. That would be saying that the artwork was meant for boys ages 12-18. It is only considered Shonen. Remember, Manga is only the art style used. I wouldn't be surprised if none of you knew this.
"And they say I'm not -The Omega Master. Now, I have make some comics with Briana's manga style artwork."-The Omega Master
by -The Omega Master February 26, 2005
Japanese comic books.
Shonen Jump
by Brian Tan June 19, 2004
n. Art, normally from Japan, but can be from anywhere else, that uses the Japanese anime style.
"Megatokyo is a great webcomic/manga."
by Patters September 03, 2004
Manga is the Japanese word for comics, the drawings have the Japanese style that usually is big eyes and some big boobs. the people that draw these drawings are nerds, Goth, punk, or just really crazy
i don't get why lily wants to spend all day drawing manga drawing with Japanese lady's. and at the same time go around with the clothes and the bunny ears. it's crazy
#manga #japanses #drawings #nerds #bunnyears
by youngmen March 30, 2010
-the ultimate scam.
sure, it's cool when you buy it, you can show it off to your friends. but there is one bad thing about it. They take ten minutes to read, and once you've done that, you probably won't read it again, unless it has nudity or it was really cool. Plus, you will have to wait a while until the next one comes out(it leaves you wanting more)
1.Sweet! I got the mega mega XL manga graphic novel. it's the best in Japan.
2.Wow. -_-. that took five minutes to read. Now i've gotta wait until 2008 before the next one gets translated.
3.Wow I read this one fast too.
4.I can't believe I bought this junk!
5.Manga, why have you forsaken me!
See, it's the ultimate scam! You buy one, and it leaves you wanting more. But then you're stuck with the old one. Don't buy it unless the anime version was that uber cool.

#manga #japanimation #the ultimate scam #mangu #magna
by Takamori November 15, 2007
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