A Brief Introduction to Manga

Manga is the Japanese word for comics in general. Beyond Japan, the term manga is utilized exclusively used to refer to the Japanese comics. Manga covers a wide variety of categories, and also gets to viewers in many different and diverse spectrums old. Manga is a very important part of the publishing market of Japan and also it motivates many adaptations to different formats: computer animated collection, called Anime, films, computer game and also books.


Keep in mind: Tagosaku to Mokube Tokyo Kenbutsu (1902) is considered the initial manga.


Hokusai Katsushika, a rep of the ukiyo-e, created the term manga by combining the kanji corresponding to informal (male) as well as illustration (ga). It translates actually as “Casual Drawing” or “doodles”. The Japanese refer to it as ‘trivial images’, additionally in the manga because they purchase yearly more than 1 billion volumes in black and white, published on cheap paper. The professional to compose or draw manga is known as a manga artist.

The manga market

The manga in Japan is a true mass phenomenon. A solitary fact serves to illustrate the measurement of this sensation: In the year of 1989, 38% of all books and also publications released in Japan were manga.

As you could think by this number, the manga is not merely a trend for young people. In Japan there are manga for all ages as well as social condition, including housewives, clerks, teenagers, office workers, etc. Sexual manga also referred to as hentai is a quarter of overall sales.

Manga Magazines

Manga journals are among one of the most preferred distribution types of manga in Japan offering countless copies each week. Shonen Jump Magazine, the most prominent manga magazine in Japan markets around 6 million duplicates weekly. Shonen Magazine follows with about 4 million duplicates.

Manga publications are weekly or monthly magazines of in between 200 and 900 pages in which there are various manga collection that include between 20 to 40 web pages of the magazine. These publications are usually published in black and white poor quality paper with the exception of the cover and typically some web pages from the start. If a collection become successful they tend to be published for a number of years within the journal.