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General Manga writer discussions / Historical Fiction
« on: March 09, 2018, 05:30:31 AM »
I think I've posted the opening pages for a manga I'd written about Mariya Oktobraskayas life called Lady of Rage last summer or fall.  Anyway, since that artist isn't available anymore, I don't have a partner anymore,but then I found an enthusiastic published, but instead of completing it as a manga they want it more as a light novel. 

So I'm trying to figure out how to do it as prose.  I'm not super well versed in what the Soviet experience of WWII was low, not enough to do this story with a high level of historical accuracy, but the plan has always to go over the top.  I'm just not sure how to do this in prose.  A lot of things would have been relatively easy to translate into visuals because I think people are more accepting of crazy things happening in comics and manga.

Does anyone have any suggestions or strategies for making this work?  I think maybe if I make it clear from the start that crazy things can happen it'll work better?


I'm a writer and am artist and I'm looking for someone who would be doing the character pencils for a graphic novel / manga I've written.  I will then do backgrounds and ink everything.  I'll send you storyboards with rough sketches of panels and then you would draw the page in pencil, doing only the characters.  I want to tell this story I've been working on for so long but so far I haven't been happy with the way my people are looking.

I'm willing to pay, of course, but I'm not entirely sure how much to offer, so if you're interested send me a PM with what you'd charge, and either your Instagram username or a link to wherever you show your work.

Mine is @mathewpankratz at IG (and everywhere else, Twitter, Gmail, etc), you can see the art I've done there.  I've done a fair bit of inking now and I want to do the backgrounds similar to the way Inio Asano does, using heavily edited photos, black and white and very lo-fi that then get details inked back in.  It just looks so great.

Anyway, I can explain what the story is about when you message me.  Not that it's so great I'm worried about it being stolen, I just don't want to go on too long here explaining a complicated plot.

Comics and other Gallery / A commission I did, finally finished!!
« on: February 11, 2018, 02:14:25 AM »
This was a commission I did, I figured it would take me about 15 hours when I talked to him originally.  I was way off  and I ended up using some materials I never thought I would - spray paint for one!  What do you think?

I hope this is the right place and way to post a picture.  I apologize if I did something wrong.  I'm trying to be more active after not having posted here in a while.

Members Manga / Lady of Rage - some nsfw language
« on: August 15, 2017, 01:28:33 AM »
This is the manga I was working on with ceph before he got sick/disappeared.  Can't say I was robbed anymore, after six months of no communication I got these from a guy who was asked to do the screentoning.  Unfortunately the last three pages are missing from this opening scene, but I'm afraid this may be as far as it ever gets.

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General Discussion / What do you think of this art style?
« on: July 05, 2017, 09:03:59 AM »
I'm hoping that I've posted this in the right place.  I'm hoping that you all might be willing to take a look at this page I've started.  The first panel took me a few days and the others I did in an evening.  Ignore the sketching in the last empty panel; the light sketching is only vaguely related to what I'll finish there later.  I want to hear what you think of the quality and style of my art.  I'm trying to go for some sort of blend of the art of Blade of the Immortal, Nekogahara and something of my own creation.  I dislike the perfectly smooth perfect linework like is found in virtually every manga in Shonen Jump.  I like the sketchy-er, looser art and loose brush strokes.  But what I like and and what I'm going for is irrelevant.  This is actually the first time I've ever drawn a manga page aside from doing storyboards.  I'd worked on a project with Cephalonlethea, who I met here and hired to draw my story, though we were really partners on the project, paying him 700USD before he ripped me off without finishing even three pages.  They were beautiful pages, but not near what we agreed upon.  So I've spent the past six months working very hard to learn to draw and sketch and ink, spending 2-4 hours a day in the effort.  I miss having a partner to motivate me to finish pages and bounce ideas off of, though.

I guess basically what I'd like to know is whether, if the story is good if you would read a manga with this quality and style of art.

I know my paneling could be improved.  I think it might be better to have more dynamic paneling for a first page but I opted instead for a very detailed complicated and painstakingly drawn opening panel.  I think that I might instead make this a page two or three and add some exposition before it.

I'm still looking for a writer or another artist to help improve things like paneling and to improve the story a bit.

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Good morning!

I've started drawing a story and I could use help developing it before I go much further.  The basic idea is that on a world of perpetual night where demons roam but are not common, the people are forced to work or fight.  Opium is as much a currency as a means of escape from daily toils.  Wars have been fought for control of coal reserves used to generate electricity used to power the lights used to light the Poppy farms and the homes and businesses of the upper classes.  My main character poses as a demon and stops a train intending to rob it of its opium, but the conductor tries giving him their usual payment - a little girl.  When he demands opium the conductor realizes he's been had and calls the guards.  He kills a number and manages to escape with a sizable amount of opium which he plans on smoking most of and spending the smallest amount on essentials (food, lodging) but as he makes his escape he realizes that the girl has followed him, refusing to leave his side.

That's what I've put together so far.  I could use some help with world building sorts of things and paneling.

I'd offer to pay for the assistance but after I paid Cephalonlethea here 700 bucks and he ripped me off, my manga money is limited.  That's why I'm drawing it myself this time around.

I'll see if I can attach the first 4 panels to give you an idea of my skill level.  Guess can't attach so I tried embedding my Instagram link. Fingers crossed. Edit didn't work deleted out the nonsense and left the link.  They're badly cropped though, each one shows only part of the actual panel.

Manga Talk / Manga drawn in Pencil and Other Techniques
« on: June 05, 2017, 08:23:26 AM »
I apologize if this is in the wrong subforum, this was the best one I found, but it doesn't seem to fit with what's here already.

I'm wondering if anyone know of any manga that is done in pencil either without inking or with very limited ink.  I'm also interested in manga done in other traditional techniques like watercolor or even pastel or charcoal.

For some reason when I try posting it says the body is sorry, but I've got three long paragraphs he...  ver since Cephalon from here became ill and we haven't been able to finish our story I've been working to get better as an artist so that I might be able to draw it myself.  I've been spending 2-4 hours a day every day for the past six months and I'm making slow improvement.  I'll post some of my art some time when I'm not driving 😁

I'm familiar with Blade of the Immortal and I love every page of the art, especially his death mandalas.  It's refreshing to see art with character.  So much of today's art is so computerized, the lines are prefectly smooth with no character, the shading is all auto-fill screen tone.  I didn't follow it very long but Demon Prince Poro was a good example of what I mean.  Seraph of the End is another one. Sure, they're super polished but there's no artistic character to them, you could swap out one artist for another and nothing would change.  That's not to say that I think all inked art is bland, there's lots of very good art too, Dr. Stone immediately springs to mind.  The Promised Neverland has some amazing art, especially their title pages, though the character design is kind of what I mean.

I'm sure there are manga done in other techniques but I'm not aware of any and would love some direction.  I've heard of comics being done with photos which might be neat if done well, but it sounds like it would be extremely difficult to do well.  The examples I've seen have not been what I'd call well done.  I know some artists have used heavily modified photos as background images, I believe Oshimi and Inio Asana have both made use of this.  I might be wrong about A Girl on the Shore, but I think the cover itself was one of these images with the girl drawn in.  If  I am wrong then Asano is an even more amazing artist than I realized. 


Manga Artists Wanted / [ Paid ] Inker Needed!
« on: March 08, 2017, 06:48:10 AM »

I'm working on a story that I first wrote as a short story that I'm attempting to turn into a manga.  It's a story about a guy who cheats on his wife which sets off a series of bad decisions and the consequences that result.  While topically very different, in mood and general style it's similar to Aku no Hana, though I'd never suggest they're on the same level of storytelling.

I just finished my character designs and I'm just starting on pencils now, but I'd like to find someone with better linework to do the inking.  I'm not horrible, I don't think, but I think the story would benefit by having someone more skilled doing it.

Please send me a PM and we can discuss further if you're interested.

Bleach Manga / Old Shonen Jump Issues?
« on: March 07, 2017, 10:23:45 PM »
I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this, but does anyone know where I could find a copy of Shonen Jump from 2001?  I'm trying to find a copy with chapter one of bleach, but haven't had much luck.  I have one with the last chapter, but I still can't find chapter one.  It'd be cool to have the first couple, but I'd be happy with number one 😁

I tried eBay, but I don't see it there.  Does anyone know of any other sites that might have it?

I know bleach took a lot of *censored*, especially as it got later in; I've only read to chapter 245 so far and I don't have many complaints yet, and it'd be cool to own the issue that started it all.  It's interesting to see how it's affected current manga.

Develop Your Story / Lady of Rage?
« on: December 31, 2016, 04:53:21 PM »
Good afternoon!

I currently have one project that I'm financially invested in pretty heavily and am collaborating with an artist I met here on and working to get the opening scene complete and then a Kickstarter campaign going to complete it/ find publishing, maybe Comixology or another digital outlet.

However, I got an idea three or four weeks ago, and in what little time I have available between work and getting Blood Junkies ready, I've been slowly developing this idea. I have been researching and developing characters for it, and I've got a good idea of how I'm going to do the story in the middle, but I'm really stuck with how I want to open it.

The story is based on Mariya Oktobraskaya's real life.  Her husband was a soldier killed at war during WWII by the Nazis.  Because of the war, though, she had been relocated to Siberia and it took two years before she learned of his death.  After learning of it, though, she proceeded to sell everything she owned and deposited it into a Russian government account and wrote a letter to Stalin asking him to give her a tank.  She had received weapons training through a woman's war council group she had belonged to before relocated to Siberia and had some heavy equipment experience, and amazingly, when Stalin received the letter, he actually gave her a tank.  She named it Angry Girlfriend, got a small crew together, and proceeded on a Nazi killing spree that earned her the country's top military award, the first woman to do so.

I'm going to take some major liberties with the story and turn it into a Tarantino-esque battle manga, I'm just really stuck on how to open it.

I'm thinking that I'll have her husband be a spy in Germany who is found out, tortured and executed.  She is some sort of intelligence analyst in Moscow. She'll be at work when she discovers what happened to her husband and she'll break down.  She will go for a walk and on it she'll see a tank and get the idea.

The question here is should she be offered to buy the tank black market, and preserve the bit about her selling all of her possessions, or should she proceed to steal it?

The other question I'm stuck on is how I should introduce her crew?

The story later on is going to be a sort of Tarantino style, high violence, sort of proto-mech battle manga with some fan service and mild ecchi humor used in the story.  I don't want to try staying strict to the true story, I just want to use it to form the basis of the concept, and I don't want it to focus very closely on getting the details of the war right necessarily.  I think maybe that a sort of Kill la Kill style might be cool.

What do you think of the concept and the opening?  I don't know I think if she steals the tank she'll also be on the run from the Russian government and pressed to kill Nazis as she seeks her revenge, before eventually gaining government approval and eventually being trusted to direct a whole bunch of tanks during the battle of Stalingrad or maybe one in Germany. 

Manga Artists Wanted / Need Skilled Artist for Cover [PAID]
« on: December 14, 2016, 07:57:05 AM »

I posted here a few months back looking for an artist and got very lucky in meeting Cephalon.  After working together I ended up doing two major rewrites and so we're really just to getting pages done now, character concept art currently being inked and I think pages later this week. 

Anyway, I am looking for someone to do a cover for the story.  We're discussing what our next step will be after finishing the pages.  We are thinking maybe submitting somewhere like Saturday AM or Comixology or alternatively running a Kickstarter campaign to finance the completion of the story, or at least the first 180 pages.

I want a great cover to promote the story, but I'm not really set on the style.  I kind of want something like the work done by 3eSsOo and Ameriya on d YouTube and DA, preferring the more finished look of Ameriya- but can you believe 3eSsOo does such amazing work with Paint?  Like MS Paint!  It's incredible

The other option I'm seriously in favor of is having a digital painting style cover like Tokyo Ghoul
Cephalon wants to go with a cover that has the flat style of Persona5 , so that's a possibility.

I have two basic concepts in mind, but it's small stop there's maybe something even better I haven't considered.

The first is to have the male protagonist and the primary villain, swords locked and face to face, and really close up so they're practically butting heads, as sort of gray line drawings on a blue background, not very detailed, with the lines sort of roug- not as in drawn rough like I'd done them, but weathered or faded.   this is located on the top two thirds of the page, and in the center bottom, the main female character stands, hair flowing and bathed in light, either in her school uniform or maybe some sort of winter clothing, as it is set in a sort of perpetual winter in most of the world the story will occur in.  That's harder to make look sexy, though .  I don't want to go overboard on the sexiness of her though, I'm trying hard and being careful that she becomes a strong character, and to be very careful that she isn't treated as just a love interest for male characters.

The alternate idea that I think Ceph prefers is to have the female character standing centered in the cover with the villain's mask giant and filling the background.

I'm also thinking that having the good guys lined up somehow, either side to side or front to back looking off a side, like the Persona5 cover would work.  Perhaps with the mask filling the background.

ANYWAY we can discuss ideas by pm or email if you would like. 

If you're interested and your style kind of fits what I'm talking about, or it doesn't but you think I'll like it anyway, please send me a message or an email with a link to your DA or YouTube page or just attach some of your work to it.
I have character concept art for you so you know how to make them look. I have very detailed sketches of them main characters and should have final inked ones within a week. I'll show you the story as well.  I've got a file on Google docs and in it I've got an overview of the history, the plot overview, character bios, the script for chapter one and some storyboarding started, and if that doesn't have enough, I've got additional documents devoted to working out processing chapters and other chats, etc.  [/nsfw]

Oh yes, please provide a quote or rough estimate for what you'll charge, please.  Doesn't have to be perfect, I just need a ballpark estimate.


General Discussion / Kickstarter Campaign?
« on: October 25, 2016, 10:47:39 AM »
Hello!  I was wondering if anyone here had any experience running a successful Kickstarter or GoFundMe or any of the other crowdfunding site campaign?  To get my story published I have found a good artist to work with, and while he is definitely a partner in the project, I'm not asking anyone to donate that sort of time and talent. I'm paying about 600 dollars to get the concept art, cover, and first seven or eight pages completed, and then whatever is needed to for printing costs. Once those are completed and put together we'll start the campaign.  I will put up the first seen seven or eight pages  for potential contributors to see and read.

I've seen Kickstarters funded 10x over when the guy had just an idea and an artist willing to do the work.  That was it.  That would be cool, we could do a lot, in that situation, but I'm not going into this with that hope, that's for sure!

So I'm wondering a few things.

1) What should we be asking for?  Should we ask for enough to complete chapter one, or for enough to complete the first arc (which depending on rewrites may be between 110-135 pgs)? 

Having a fully funded Kickstarter would certainly increase the odds of publication, but that would really increase the request- 60 a page for a rough average adds up quickly. Would it be too much to ask for say 7200?  I don't want to ask for too much and fail or ask for less, succeed there but then maybe fail to find a publisher and maybe that first chapter is all we succeed in getting produced?  Of course I hope that we'll be able to get the whole story produced, I'm realistic, too.

2) What suggestions do you have for "thank you" gifts and an appropriate tier schedule for awarding them?

I mean, giving a PDF copy of the finished product for all 10 dollar contributors, a print copy for 30 dollar contributions (depending on the size of the final product as discussed above), say a signed page out of the prologue (hand drawn) for a 300 contribution, etc.

3) Do you have any other suggestions for us?  Places whereI should promote the kickstarter, etc?

(PS, I did use the search engine and didn't find anything on this topic which surprised me, so I apologize if this has already been discussed)

Welcome Center / Greetings from Hammilton
« on: October 21, 2016, 11:36:49 AM »
Good morning everyone!

I'm Hammilton.  I've been writing since I was a kid, and have read comics since I was probably seven when I fell in love with the X-Men.  In the past few years I discovered manga and anime, and really learned to love comics all over again.  I've been reading all the manga I can get my hands on here in the states, but my book shelf has overflowed with all of the tankobon volumes I've collected.  I'm currently reading Tegami Bachi and Tokyo Ghoul, Real Account and Dance in the Vampire Bund, among others.  I hate waiting for Tokyo Ghoul to be released here.  I love them all for various reasons.  I recently read How to Build a Dungeon: Tale of the Demon King or something like that.  It's the first story I've read that I've viscerally hated.  Actually, I was on board with it until the last chapter I think when Aur rapes a five year old girl in graphic detail.  If it was done to make you hate the main character or for some other important plot point, I'd have been disgusted but accepted it for what it was.  As it was done, though, it was for no other point than to satisfy the perversion of some readers.  I'm not usually even bothered by the weird incest in some of these stories, it's usually done as a sort of joke in the anime and the stories I've read.  I was prepared for a basic semi-pornographic story, not glorified child rape.

ANYWAY!  I have been a member for a minute but just realized that I haven't posted an introduction yet and thought that I should.  I owe a debt of gratitude for this site.  With my post in my writers looking for artists section I was contacted by a number of good artists, but through conversation with all of them, Cephalon really seemed like the best artist, his style matches my vision, and he's been an excellent partner to work with thusfar.  We're now at the point where he's developing concept art, and I'm making some final changes to the first chapter to prepare to create the first seven pages which make up the prologue.  After these are completed, we'll be launching a kickstarter campaign to get the rest of the story funded.  I'm personally paying for all of the concept art, cover and the prologue, and this will be released free for people to see as we ask for donations to finish the creation of the story, which will be roughly 120 pages.  I think everyone will be very excited by what they see, as we aim to produce nothing less than a professional product for everyone to read.

I may not post a lot because between work, my family, and my work on the story, I'm pretty busy, but I read here quite frequently and I really appreciate everything the site has to offer.

Thanks for allowing me as a member!

Manga Writer workshop / Using a Prologue?
« on: October 12, 2016, 07:27:23 AM »
Good morning!

I have a problem with my story and I'm trying to find the best way to solve it.  I have a project with an artist I found here now attached, and while I thought my story was solid since I'd been working on it since last June.  I wrote it originally as prose, and liked it, those I had look at it gave me some notes and I you them, and now with an artist I'm converting it to proper script form (I had a loose script written and a bible of sorts I put together to quickly describe my characters and the world instead of referring to the few short stories I'd written to develop them).

As we've been working together to get everything ready for  submission to publishers, we made some decisions that really change the story in some important ways- ways that make for a much stronger story, certainly a more commercial one (I don't mean that in a bad way).  So, without going into story specifics, a small commando unit that originally played a small role is being reworked into a really important group, which provides a strong make lead while the female protagonist is kidnapped in the start of the story, and is being rescued during the first arc.  Three initial story development really focused on her psychological ordeal, not too unlike the torture  of in Tokyo Ghoul, and her rebirth following her rescue.

So anyway, I'm taking some of the focus off of her during her imprisonment and putting it on the commando unit and their efforts. So I'm really wondering how I should introduce these guys and their leader.   Now the first chapter introduces the female lead and walks the reader through her day, her kidnapping and the kidnappers contact with her father. This is of course all very simplified, but because I want to introduce the commando guys early, and to show some combat, I was considering two thoughts.  The first was to first introduce the female lead, then cut to the commando unit and the male lead in combat before going back to the female and following her.  The second thought, is whether instead I should use a prologue and show them in a sort of mini chapter, maybe six or seven pages.  I don't know if one or two pages is enough to really introduce someone and show combat.  Combat scenes just cover so many pages so quickly, I don't know if I can really do any introduction in the same two pages.

Your thoughts?

((The artist I'm working with will be completing a cover and some character concept art for me hopefully in the next two weeks, at which time I hope to have these smaller things settled and committed to paper, at which time we intend to launch a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign to help fund the completion of the first chapter.  I'm paying for a portion myself.  The goal is to complete the first five or six pages and begin submitting it to publishers while also completing the first chapter in full.  100% of the money raised will be going to paying for the art and printing, I'm not taking a dime, of course, I'll be paying for the first five pages, the cover and concept art myself, actually.  Once we're to the point of starting that campaign I'll put a link here if I'm allowed so you can see more about the story and the awesome art!))

Manga Artists Wanted / Well fleshed out story, looking for artist
« on: September 29, 2016, 10:35:58 AM »
Hello, I am a writer and amateur artist with a story I've been working on for about five months now.  I've taken it seriously and have spent countless hours working on it, producing scripts for the first arc, detailed character development and associated works to make it easiest for an artist.  I'd hoped to draw it myself, but I've decided that I'm just not at that point and probably never will be, though it pains me to admit that.

I'm in my 30s, well established in my career but my college education focused heavily on creative writing (was actually planning on attending a respected MFA creative writing program before a family issue made that impossible).

I am looking for an artist who will be a collaborator and not merely an employee.  I can pay some, but I am really looking for a partner.  I have done a lot of work getting the story to the point it's at, but I'm not a rigid person, I'm open to taking input from whoever will agree to work with me.

On to the actual story..  I'm hesitant to say too much here, but will gladly give full details to anyone in private.  This is a vampire story targeted at a more mature audience, and sort of looks at the vampires hunger as an addiction of sorts and puts them in the context of the current heroin crisis in America.  Unfortunately that description is not the greatest, and I apologize for writing this out on my phone.

Please email me of you're at all interested.


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