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Shoujo Manga Techniques: Writing Stories [Paperback]

Mako Itsuki
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  • Paperback: 155 pages
  • Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing (April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156970970X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569709702
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 18.1 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,045,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many young girls dream of drawing the popular "shoujo" manga, Japanese style girls' comics. But they don't know where to begin. This charming book takes fans on a step-by-step journey, starting with developing ideas and creating characters, all the way through making scripts and blueprints, through pencil drafting, inking and erasing, and screen tone application.

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4.0 out of 5 stars its a good book 8 Jan 2011
By Han2k
it's a good book for beginners, its set in a comic book format but that includes the detailed hand writing which can be too much on the page but it's still allot more cleaner than other books that have a similar comic book format but I've bought better books that were layout much clearer than this one. this book did help me with my story it's still a good buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars JUST what I was looking for! 13 Jan 2006
By MissMickeyK - Published on
I've been looking HIGH and LOW for the right book to explain how the pros CREATE manga. Not draw manga. I've got THAT down. It was creating the right story with all it's interconnected stories that had me at a standstill and the little leaves behind me in the wind making more progress than me.

The book actually flows in a manga format, and you follow the story of Kyoko and Alisa. Kyoko shows little Alisa through illustrated examples of how writing techniques are done for manga. The illustrations are drawn superbly by an actual japanese manga-ka. The book continues all the way to about thumbnail sketching your ideas out.

All the techniques are useful. It's a benefit to read them over and over and try all the "lessons" or "One Point Advice" with smaller ideas to get the hang of it. It's a contagious learning experience!

If you are wanting to learn how to draw manga figures, or how to actually draw pages with tone. This book is not what you're looking for. And the first page establishes this for you. If you are looking to help a wounded one legged story along and nurse it back to running status. THIS is what you need to get back on track!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Big Eyes: Shoujo Art AND Storytelling 1 Jun 2007
By Brian Gill - Published on
A good introduction to storytelling, and drawing, for shoujo manga. I appreciated the teach-by-example nature of this book, which is written/drawn as a manga comic.

Although directed at those interested in created shoujo (girls') manga, the graphic and storytelling techniques described can be applied to many other genres.

How-to-do-manga books that I've read have a strong tendency to display a great deal of enthusiasm and relatively little useful content. I don't give five stars lightly, but "Shoujo Manga Techniques" deserves it as a useful, well-written book on manga techniques.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Girlfriend loved it. 4 Jun 2010
By Eric - Published on
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I bought this book for my girlfriend and she loved it, from the illustrations to the content. I even found it interesting to put my own ideas in order to write my stories.
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book on how to CREATE manga stories. 19 Sep 2008
By Jenko - Published on
Firstly, it's HARD trying to find a book explaining the basics of creating manga. There are tons of them of how to create characters and how to draw different things involving manga but not any that teaches you how to create. This book is wonderful in teaching you how to gather your ideas, how to set them up, how to organize them and how to keep things consistant. I also like that it's not BORING. I thought this book would have been step one do this, step two do that, etc. But it's in a really neat manga format, told in the story so there are also charts and illustrated examples of what the chapter is about. There are also summary points and tips at the end of the chapters which are really helpful. My only twinge about this is that they don't spend much time on story panels and pages but there's enough to give you a decent idea of how they should go (though I suspect it's in the drawing basic's books). All in all I'm very satisfied with this book. If you want to learn about developing a story and a script then this is definiately the book for you.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners 20 Feb 2009
By Eldora Rae - Published on
I love to draw manga, it is my dream to become a professional I had many stories in my head which I think would be great to show and tell. However, I had one big major trouble actually writing them to be in comic form. This book however has changed all that it, clear and easy to read and understand fully I'm now on my way to making the next big hit in manga (okay maybe not but I'm getting somewhere). I had many How to Write books with big words a technical terms but none has broke it down so simple as this book has. I recommend it to anyone who wants to write there own manga and just too novice to understand the long winded terms that other How to write novels use.
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