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Manga Stamp by grovyle-n-wolfluvr Manga Stamp by grovyle-n-wolfluvr
Can be taken several ways, and here are two:

1) I don't get why just because manga artists AREN'T Japanese, they have to be called pseudomanga artists, or their art is only 'manga-style'... Why can't everyone fall under the SAME title?

2) Just because a manga/anime artist isn't Japanese doesn't mean they aren't as GOOD as a lot of Japanese artists.

I have nothing against Japanese manga artists. (I actually really like a lot of them, i.e. *gofu-web) I'm also not racist, if you happen to get that idea -_-"

If lots of flaming starts, I WILL disable comments. And that does NOT give you permission to flame my page. I just wanted to speak one of my issues.

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EDIT: It looks pretty now C:
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DaHanci Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Okay, no flames here, just going to point out that manga is what now again?

Japanese comics.

Japanese comics.

Now, you could argue that there are plenty of comics by American authors that are incredible and look just like Japanese ones and feauture Japanese characters in Japan, but that doesn't mean anything.

Because what is Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler)?

A comic about Englishmen in Victorian England, with very, very few mentions of Japan at all. 

And yet it is considered manga. 

Why? Because the artist is Japanese, and it is published in Japan, and it is originally published in Japanese.

If a comic does not have one of those elements, it is not manga by definition.

It just isn't. 


And I hope I didn't offend anyone, but I'm confused why this is a question. I love American artists, I enjoy reading manga-style comics from them all the time! But it just isn't manga if it isn't Japanese in some manner, and these comics aren't.


TL;DR- Answer to your question: Because manga=Japanese comics.
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LunarSpoon Featured By Owner Edited Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't think it's a matter of the creator or elements being Japanese that makes manga. It's just the art style and method of creation that makes it manga. Its roots will always be Japanese. I am also a graphic novelist who is inspired by a lot of manga, but I wouldn't call it manga because my style feels so derailed from the traditional style. Why call it "manga" anyway? If you're in the west and you don't speak Japanese, "graphic novel" is the same thing.
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Miss-Gravillian1992 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This makes me feel a lot better ♥
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PinkSpace101 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm currently working on a manga influence comic series. It might come real soon after so much hard work put into my story.
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kelzpoo Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I should know! I am one! :)  
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TheDangerousArtist Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student General Artist
100% agree!

I hate it when people say that just because you're not Japanese and you draw manga, you're automatically not a mangaka. WHY CAN'T ALL MANGAKAS, NO MATTER THEIR NATIONALITY, BE REGARDED AS MANGAKAS?? WHY??? Because only the Japanese can be considered mangakas because manga originated from their country? Makes no sense.
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ysane Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
i agree with you a hundred percent 
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JWthaMajestic Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Student Filmographer
I totally agree with this. I'm currently making a few Manga comic books, and yet some of my comics are Manga influenced.
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NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep I agree XD (I am even making my own manga called Tenshi Denwa and I am from Canada XD) Oh yeah if you are curious here is the info on it XD ninjaweretiger.deviantart.com/… (It is very long so I understand if you don't want to read it XD)
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pokemontrainergirl Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm Canadian too...
and I'm making a manga series too...
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