All About the Japanese Manga
We all know what comics are and for the Japanese, manga is their comics. However, to us who are not Japanese, when we hear the word manga, we think of it not as comics but as Japanese comics. Manga is being read by everyone in Japan, old and young alike, because the manga stories cover all the different genres we know of. The manga is the comic book that has made the Japanese publishing industry truly prosperous. Because of the popularity of manga, its influence encouraged many different kinds of adaptations to many different formats including the animated series anime, movies, video games, and novels.
It was in the year 1902 that the first mange was released and it was entitled Tagosaku to Mokube Tokyo Kenbustse.
The true meaning of manga comes from combining two terms namely man meaning informal and ga meaning drawing. The literal meaning of manga is informal drawing or something like doodles. The Japanese call it insignificant images. And this is because manga in Japan is printed in black and white on cheap paper but is bought in billions of volumes. The manga artist is the professional that writes or draws manga.
Maga is a great mass phenomenon in Japan. In the year 1989, 38% of all books and magazines published in Japan were manga.
Manga is not just for young people. In Japan, almost everyone enjoys reading manags including housewives, office workers, students, clerks, senior people, and many others. One fourth of all manga sales are erotic manga .
One of the most popular distribution forms of manga in the manga magazine which sells in Japan for millions of copies each week. 6 million copies each week are being sold by the most popular magazine in Japan. The second most popular magazine sells around 4 million copies each week.
There are manga magazines that are published weekly and there are some that are published monthly. There are magazines that contain as much as 200 to 900 pages and these are filled with many series where each series consist of around 20 to 40 pages of the magazine. IN a typical manga magazine, the pages are in black and white and low quality paper is used but not its cover and some pages in the start.
Today there is another variant of the mange which has emerged as a result of the proliferation of file sharing over the internet. E-comic or digital manga is now the in thing.
If you are someone who is fond of manga stories, then you can now find your favorite manga magazines online. You simply have to search online for these manga magazines and you will reach the pages where you can read manga stories from your own devices. You don’t have to purchase those thick manga magazines anymore since you can easily access your manga stories online. Thanks to technology, reading your manga stories has been made more convenient.