Wondering about how much a manga webcomic artist can earn?
AnimeNewsNetwork recently shares that Shuho Sato Earns Y500,000 in Web Manga in 2010 So Far.
If you are interested in other related news (pretty old in fact), when Shuho Sato started his web manga online, he earned 100,000 yen on the first day of his launch! That’s about USD$1,090!
That’s something to look out for, if you want to be a professional webcomic artist along your journey of life.
Anyway, Shuho Sato’s webmanga is a “seinen”; which means it is catered for the mature crowd; so be sure not to look at it if you are not of legal age!
Also, AnimeNewsNetwork also reveals that manga publishers in Japan lose several billion yen last year.
This means that traditional manga magazines are losing its appeal. Maybe its time for webcomic to rise to popularity?
This is further acknowledged by Ken Akatmatsu, author of the famed Love Hina series, that says that tankobon sales fell 4.9% last year.
‘Tankobon’ generally refers to traditional paperback comics, where comics are published on paper.
I did a little study before about Shuho Satou, in his income and earnings and how he managed his expenses by managing assistants for drawing.
With the reason launch of Apple’s iPad, I really wonder if the webcomics will pick up its pace and become a profitable medium for comics or not, after seeing how the traditional mediums are faltering.
What do you think?
Some points to note:
1. ‘Seinen’ means “young adult” in Japanese literally, and it means that the comic is generally catered for the ages between 18 to 30 years old.
2. ‘Tankobon’ means “independent book” in Japanese literally; the irony is that manga is usually in series. However, it still generally referred as paperback books.