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  1. Intro to Manga For Classroom Art Education

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. History of Manga History 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

  7. 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

  8. Anime: term for Japanese animation Often are animated versions of popular manga titles What is Anime? Naruto Pokemon

  9. 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 Garfield

  10. 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

  11. Sample Lessons Ideas for integrating Manga in Your Classroom Art Lessons

  12. 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

  13. Art Foundation Example: Body Proportion

  14. 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: Inking Lesson 2: Inking

  15. Lesson 2: Inking Handout Inked with Fixed-width Illustration pen Inked with Brush Pen

  16. 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

  17. Conclusions • 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!

  18. Thank You! For more free lessons and resources, please visit