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Intro to Manga. For Classroom Art Education. Agenda. Intro to Manga Start What is Manga? Professional U.S. Manga & Art Brief History of Manga Why are Your Students Drawn to Manga? Manga’s foundation in Traditional Art Art Lessons with Manga Q&A . Who is Manga Start?. Founded in 2006

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intro to manga

Intro to Manga

For Classroom Art Education

  • Intro to Manga Start
  • What is Manga?
  • Professional U.S. Manga & Art
  • Brief History of Manga
  • Why are Your Students Drawn to Manga?
  • Manga’s foundation in Traditional Art
  • Art Lessons with Manga
  • Q&A
who is manga start
Who is Manga Start?
  • Founded in 2006
  • Dedicated to promoting importance of traditional art as a foundation, no matter what your style
  • Consortium of Professional U.S. Artists, inspired by Manga
  • Over 10 years of professional experience
    • Published with Antarctic Press, Dark Horse Comics, Marvel Comics
  • College Educated
  • Create lessons that are fun, yet grounded with traditional art techniques
what is manga
What is Manga?
  • Japanese word, translates to “Whimsical Pictures”
  • U.S. meaning:Comics originally published in Japan
  • Manga Stories emphasize
    • Character
    • Emotions/Expressions
    • Environments

Dragon Ball Manga

Naruto Manga

professional u s manga art
Professional U.S. Manga & Art
  • TokyoPop brought an influx of translated manga to U.S. Bookstores
  • Manga-style art and Western-style art are beginning to fuse into a hybrid style
  • U.S. Entertainment companies are actively recruiting manga-style artists
    • Comics, Cartoons, Advertising
  • Manga-influenced art is here to stay
history of manga
History of MangaHistory of Manga
  • 1945-1952: Post-WWII Japan
    • Government utilized comics for propaganda
    • U.S.: Walt Disney Studios gains recognition

Astro Boy

Osamu Tezuka

- Father of Anime & Manga

- Fanatical Disney Fan

- Work became known for its progressiveness and expression

New Treasure Island, Kimba the White Lion, Astro Boy

what are manga characteristics
What are Manga Characteristics?
  • Usually printed in black and white
  • Read from right to left
  • Storylines range from every day activities to fantastic science fiction
  • Story emphasis on CHARACTERS and Personalities
  • Shoujo, Shonen

Sailor Moon Manga

Maison Ikkoku Manga

what is anime
Anime: term for Japanese animation

Often are animated versions of popular manga titles

What is Anime?



why are students drawn to manga
Why are Students Drawn to Manga?
  • “There’s something for everyone”
    • Wide variety of storylines and characters

Ranma 1/2 Characters

  • Deceptively simplistic art style is appealing
    • “Next level up” to characters such as Snoopy, Garfield
    • Easy to identify with simplistic-looking characters


manga has traditional art foundations
Manga has Traditional Art Foundations
  • Manga is a medium/style to allow creative expression
  • Students need to learn art fundamental rules in order to understand how to break them
sample lessons

Sample Lessons

Ideas for integrating Manga in Your Classroom Art Lessons

lesson 1 drawing the manga head
Lesson 1: Drawing the Manga Head
  • Overview: Teach students how to correctly construct a manga-style head
  • Tie this into teaching a lesson of how manga proportions are related to real proportions
lesson 2 inking
Overview: Students will learn about inking, a common technique used in comics, and particularly in manga

Inking is a method of finalizing artwork

Encourage students to experiment with different tools and line styles.

Basic Tools:

Pencil and Eraser

Fixed-Width Pens of varying widths (one thin, one wide)

Brush pens or markers

Lesson 2: InkingLesson 2: Inking
lesson 2 inking handout
Lesson 2: Inking Handout

Inked with Fixed-width

Illustration pen

Inked with Brush Pen

lesson 3 environments
Lesson 3: Environments

• Overview: Students will learn how Environments serve to further define manga characters

• Students begin with an empty comic panel and a boy or girl manga character

• Students answer questions such as “Who? Where? How?” about their character by drawing in background/environment elements in the the panel

  • Our lessons use manga as a hook
  • Feel free to adapt our manga basics with your ideas
  • These are complement to fundamental art lessons
  • Manga is simply another form of expression, use it to capture your students’ interest in art!
thank you
Thank You!

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