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Learn how to self-publish manga comics and cartoons from art instructor Chris Hart in this Howcast video.

Suppose that you have a graphic novel that you want to do; a manga graphic novel that you really believe in. But you’re having trouble. Publishers aren’t that interested in it, or, maybe they are, but you want complete control over your creative vision. You might consider self-publishing.

Now, there are two ways to do that right now. Electronically, or in print. Print has some real challenges, if you’re going to go that route. With print, you have to take returns from the store. They send it back to you if no one buys it. You have to ship it to them. You have to make it, which is even more expensive. And the worst of all, most retail bookstores will not stock on the shelves, a self-published book. Why? They have just so much shelf space, and no more. They need to make sure that every author’s book that they put on that shelf, is a good selling author with a track record, if they can help it.

However, on the other hand, in cyberspace, there is no bookshelf. Retailers can stock everything they want to. There’s space for you. There’s usually not that resistance. You don’t have to ship anything to anybody. You don’t have to take returns. It’s cheaper to make than a print book. And instead of taking a year, or a year and a half for it to get produced and published, an e-book can get made and published in months.

Many online retail stores, even very, very big ones, will stock your e-book, even if it’s self-published. But in cyberspace, there’s unlimited shelf-space, so you have a better shot of being listed. Now if I were to go the electronic way, what I would suggest first, is try to serialize your graphic novel on a website. That way, you can get feedback from your readers. You can adjust it, change it a little bit, maybe discover that they like Character A more than Character B, and maybe try to feature that one more.

You know, this is the wave of the future, especially for comics, because there always have been successful self-published comic book authors, whether it’s manga or American comics.

So, these are several options, I hope this has been helpful.

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naomi parks says:

You are an idiot.

ilikepieism says:

deviantart… js

merccc1 says:

sooo, the title is miss leadin because it does not actually tell you how to
go about it…. Just notes the goods and bads in favor of ebooks. Would
have loved being informed on how you go about publishing with these
companies on a ebook base rather than just be left out wondering were to
start still seein that I am a beginner in this publishing process… hince
I am watching a how to video….

NikeBoyK says:


TheTXoso says:

I watch to read the comments

YummyCuppicakes says:

hi :3

miskitty54341 says:

omg…my cousin has your book! lol i wan’ted it…XD

LOLrealmanga says:

So much head-desking. *manly face*

Siver says:

Oh my this is helpfull XD YES Sivermade manga

Iomsy Rabbit says:

And this is supposed to help me how???

Chris Hart says:

Wow, that’s a great message for an author to get. Makes my day. Chris

Chris Hart says:

Thanks, I appreciate the comment. Chris

X pop punk abby X says:

I have your book “Manga for the begginer” thx to ur book, i can draw like a
pro now

cokewon says:

Why in the world am I here?

georged360 says:

Fuck this shit

Look at dat Jake. says:

@niggergotswag Remove the clothes>?????>?????>More ?????>Succes :3

Thoughtsfromacrazyperson says:

it says how to DRAW manga, not about publishing manga, there is no DRAWING
involved smh

niggergotswag says:

Now, how do I make hentai?

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