An interesting discussion on "O
anguage manga," particularly the variety that will soon becoming out in force from Tokyopop, on the DMP Forums, here
.-->Look. If you write a good story, I don't care if your name is "Keiko" or "Katie."
Honestly, I'm sincerely hoping that Tokyopop's experiment in OEL manga will succeed. There's so much untapped potential out there, and I'd really like to see them get their works out there, whether through Tokyopop or some other publisher.
But right now, there are some serious roadblocks, and one of them is the artificial distinction that readers draw between "manga" and "comics," with manga=Japanese and comics=American. I've railed against that distinction for years, but only now is it starting to matter! Shelved as they are in the manga sections in bookstores, many manga fans do, sadly, scorn titles not by Japanese names out of hand and refuse to buy them...but on the same note, people interested in indie and alternative comics might miss these titles as well because they're not interested in manga! I worry that creators will find themselves unable to reach the largest potential audience, and I feel sorry for the readers, who haven't a clue what they may be missing.Finally, a short note to all creators:
While I believe great art is great, if the accompanying story isn't enthralling or at least remotely entertaining, I'm not going to be all that impressed. Moreover, especially when the manga is written *in* English, snappy dialogue and a unique, consistent narrative voice is tremendously important. But most of all, I want to see something *different*. I know we can't all be Alan Moore or Hagio Moto, but I think Western manga should draw upon the strengths and cultural traditions of the West. Do something that *can't* be done in Japan or Korea, and you'll distinguish yourself immediately.