- Report Post
- Posted: Mon, 09 Apr 2012 02:44:09 +0000
an artist is allowed to use what they feel is a good idea to use as their page layout, whether or not it has been overused in another culture and thus considered 'mimicing'
There isn't any reason for doing it other than mimicking translated Japanese comics, so why is it too harsh to call it what it is?
Japanese people are not overusing this page layout, they have damn good reasons to do their comics that way. Incidentally, those reasons are the same reasons why an English language comic should be done left to right.
If you use this kind of page layout in an English comic, it is transparently mimicking Japanese comics. The comic may have other redeeming features, but that element is simply a form of cargo cultism. Hope this helps.
I'm not sure if she actually meant that it was being over used in Japan,from the sounds of it I think she was talking about over here in America. Quite frankly though,since when has there ever been a right or wrong way to do art? If this is the case then who deemed the paintings that are quite literally splatters on a canvas 'art'. Yes,it's a translation key. Your aiming at an English speaking language,okay,cool. But where is it written that you as an artist can't make the decision on which to use? I find it insulting that people are actually being accused of being 'weeaboos' for using it. I don't honestly see it as mimicry,but even if it was,so what? Who is it actually hurting?
Also,I got to thinking it over and would like to formally retract my earlier statement that 'Manga' isn't actually a style. You can deny it all that you want,but yes,it honestly it. I understand that in Japan they don't have a choice to do it any other way because that's just how they do it,I get that,but here in America-land we have a choice. I don't see what the big deal is. You do your thing,they'll do theirs. I would've thought we can all coexist peacefully.