We’ve got an interesting letter received by ANN’s Answerman and it’s about how the manga and American comic industry works. Let’s take a look:
I’ve come learn about the Japanese manga publishing industry because of manga like Bakuman but what about the American comic publishing industry – is it the same or different?
Answerman Answer in Short: Bakuman romanticizes the manga industry and does not fully show the more realistic reality that all aspiring manga-ka’s face. One thing that places the manga industry above the American industry is that the manga industry has a larger publisher pool than the two-publisher; Marvel and DC; comics industry. If you truly wish to pursue making your own manga in either industry, prepare for a lot of hard work, else don’t get your hopes up too high.
Rio’s Take: Take off your rose-tinted glasses! It’s not as easy as you think it is to break into the manga or American comics industry. Both require hard work and persistence. Keep at it and it’ll pay off in the end.
Answerman goes on to answer anime-related questions which are interesting in themselves so check out the full article and read up on them.