Mangaká (漫画家) is the term used to define a person who makes, draws or creates stories, for manga. In the West it is correct to define them as a designer, illustrator and screenwriter, but with the otaku culture, the term has come to be used frequently.
How is the routine of a mangaka?
Their routine is really difficult, it is necessary to say goodbye to almost everything that is not manga, few hours of sleep and scheduled times. Being a mangaka is the dream of many (I also dream about it), but few have what it takes to do that, sacrifices are necessary, and if you’re not willing to say goodbye to your free time, then give up.
A manga that has its weekly manga, makes between 15 and 30 pages, this is already a large number, and one with a monthly release, makes between 40 and 60 pages, that is, a lot of work and dedication to be deposited. But for sure, the mangaka do their job with great pleasure, as they know that there are people who value and admire their work, just as I feel when doing this article.
How much does a mangaka earn?
According to research carried out by me, a beginner mangaka earns an average of 9000 円 and between 13000 円, something between R $ 298.28 and R $ 431.00 per published page. This is very relative, the price can vary from manga to manga, with the time and popularity of manga, the value can reach much larger numbers.
A manga like Eiichiro Oda, author of One Piece, earns about 170 Million (R $ 3.7Million) yen, and a lesser-known mangáka earns almost 2.8Million Yen (R $ 60,000.00).
Mangaka Yuu Kamiya
Lucas Thiago Furukawa or his pseudonym as Yuu Kamiya, one of the first Brazilian manga artists to be successful in Japan, he was the creator of the light novel No Game No Life. Yuu lived in Brazil until he was 7 years old, and from an early age he liked to draw, when he arrived in Japan he barely knew the language, but he was a boy who liked video games, manga, anime and more, it was like this that he was learning the language, and every day he improved his techniques and knowledge.
Yuu Kamiya only gained strength as a mangaka when he did a job as an illustrator for the work “Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi”, this was the crucial point for his career, and after this work, he started with his own authorship, with great successes like, EArTh, No Game No Life and Greed Packet Unlimited.
Yuu is not only a mangaka, but a famous author and illustrator of light novel. Yuu is now respected, and it was with a lot of effort and dedication that he managed to get where he is, so don’t give up on your dreams, be it difficult or easy.