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Professional Manga: Digital Storytelling with Manga Studio EX Paperback – June 17, 2008
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About the Author
Yang's first recorded manga was created when he was 8 years old. He was one of the winners of Rising Stars of Manga Vol. 5 (Modus Vivendi; publisher: TokyoPop) - and has had the privilege of drawing part of TokyoPop's Star Trek: the Manga. His recent work includes his own manga (Dyoz; Publisher: TokyoPop), which is now being created as an online comic. Yang is also a traditional storyboard artist for commercials, music videos, and TV shows.
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The rest of the book is filled with drawings.. the same drawings over and over again. It will show a line drawing of a character then a proper shaded(toned) version of the same drawing then the line drawing again then 2 examples of improper shading of the same line drawing and finally the proper shaded version again. That's 6 pages and 2 of those 6 are duplicates. It does this over and over again, I guess to "up" the page count. About the whole last half of the book are rough sketches for some homemade comic with no explanation or anything. I returned my copy. Also, I have to say I did not open the included disc so I may have missed the real meat.. but I doubt it.
The software itself (a trial comes with the book) seems an awful lot like Photoshop with a lot of preset custom brushes and such, but then lacking the versatility that PS offers to do more than Manga. Perhaps if the book had been dedicated solely to the program, and gone on from the basic-basics into highlighting tips, tricks, and tools more, I would see more value in it. As is, I couldn't recommend it.
Looking at this book from a purely objective artistic viewpoint, this is a good book as an instructional guide to using Manga Studio 3.0/4.0. Aside from the tutorial on how to use Manga Studio to achieve certain affects, it also covers some basics of the concept of "Manga". Manga as the comic book form of east asian cultures, and more specifically, the black and white variant.
The book also covers some comic book pre-press basics as well as pitching your work to various comic book publications, which isn't something new to me, but what I consider more helpful and informative than the "how to manga" or "how to with Manga Studio" aspects.
This is not a "how to draw" book, but a how to create manga using Manga Studio book, and in this sense, it does a decent job. I tested this on the Manga Studio 3.0 EX Demo provided on disc with the book. I am not sure how much more indepth a guide to the software could be, but in my opinion Manga Studio (the version I tested) was not all that intuitive.
I have provided some examples of what Manga Studio does. I took the short route because I work full time (a blessing these days) and am only showing how Manga Studio "manga-nizes" an imported image. The image is something I did and painted digitally with a type of watercolor effect and then imported into Manga Studio. As noted, the book does come with a $100 off Manga Studio EX coupon, however, it seems to be only usable at Smith Micro's website and not here via Amazon.
As for the manga aspect of things, "manga" would allow the aspiring artist to publish their work in a more economical fashion, yet still not skimp on some of the visual impact all that much.
Just keep in mind, "manga" is a style but be original and genuine. The provided images are my work so I don't have to worry about copyrights. ;)
I kept this book for good reference when contacting potential job offereing from manga comic and animation companies!
It does have a few good tips!
The book is targeted for those who want to utilize the software with their manga creations. Whereas it shows you how they get sketches and prepare it for the software, the book comes with a CD that includes the high-res images for every piece of art featured in the book plus a 20-page story done in high-res plus a demo-version of Manga Studio EX.
"Professional Manga" was created not technically of doing how-to projects (ie. Adobe's educational books for their software) but the book does get into basics of sketches and how they can be brought into the software and one can start working on their designs but at the same time, learning of the pitfalls of various tones and suggestions for the artist using the software for the first time.
Here is a breakdown of chapters featured in the book:
* CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION
* CHAPTER 2: LINE ART
* CHAPTER 3 - SHADING AND TEXTURES
* CHAPTER 4 - SPEED LINES
* CHAPTER 5 - BLURRING
* CHAPTER 6 - PERSPECTIVE AND BACKGROUNDS
* CHAPTER 7 - TECHNOLOGY
* CHAPTER 8 - SOUND EFFECTS AND LETTERING
* CHAPTER 9 - OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS
* CHAPTER 10 - SINGLE PANEL ELEMENTS
* CHAPTER 11 - PANEL TO PANEL STORYTELLING
* CHAPTER 12 - PAGE-TO-PAGE STORYTELLING
* CHAPTER 13 - WRITING CONVENTIONS
* CHAPTER 14 - FORMATS AND SIZES
* CHAPTER 15 - PITCHING AND SELLING
* APPENDIX 1 & 2 and INDEX
For the most part, the book is good for beginners.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While I respect the authors and their attempt at trying to provide something different for users of Manga Studio Ex, the book is fairly useless if your goal is to learn Manga... Read morePublished on August 30, 2010 by Jason S. Wrench
Even if you don't want to draw Manga this is a wonderful insider's look at how it's done. My kid, on the other hand, has tried about everything illustrated and loves the book.Published on June 17, 2010 by R
My teenage daughter loves to draw Manga and I got this book thinking about her. I can see that it would be something she could use to read up on it and use some of the techniques... Read morePublished on May 20, 2010 by L. MB
This book is an informative and easy to understand guide to learning the basic structure of illustrating adn writing manga. Read morePublished on October 13, 2009 by Tina Hayes
I received this book first and it was rather useless without the software. I was able to purchase the Manga Studio EX with a student discount (you need an . Read morePublished on September 27, 2009 by R. Eye
For all those Manga enthusiasts out there or just those who like to draw or write stories this may be the book/program for you. Read more
After I became an Electrical Engineer, I got bored and went to computer software game school. There I took courses in C++, 3D math, but also art, storyboards, and story telling... Read morePublished on August 20, 2009 by Courtland J. Carpenter
My 13 year old boy has been interested in animation and Japanese culture for several years. He mainly uses Flash and Adobe After Effects and Blender. Read morePublished on August 19, 2009 by Kristi Gilleland
With Professional Manga: Digital Storytelling with Manga Studio EX, Steve Horton and Jeong Mo Yang create an easy to follow, easy to use guide to Manga Studio EX and to creating... Read morePublished on August 11, 2009 by Eric San Juan