We interviewed Liam Gray and Mangaka Ody. Their passion for manga is inspirational!
This team posted a manga on ART street that is full of potential, and definitely worth checking. Liam Gray, a MediBang ambassador, is the writer/editor. Mangaka Ody is the artist. Let's find out how they create such amazing content!
The two share thoughts about the difference between a western comic and a Japanese manga.
Liam: Western Comics are a very different animal to Manga. When developing Xenotype, I wanted the tactical shogi-style battles common in Shonen series with the high-stakes heroic storytelling of superhero comics.
Mangaka Ody: That is quite easy to answer. Western Comics have really good compositions. Each page feels like a painting, especially the splash pages. Shonen and Manga have really good action and dynamic movement.
So, if you combine the painting-like compositions, and add in some dynamic action, you get a very nice combination that you can use to create a comic or a manga in our case.
Liam: Our experience thus far has been overwhelmingly positive. As mentioned above, Ody and I initially connected through ART street and I've found it an invaluable tool in weeding through the amateurs and finding talented career-driven mangaka.
Liam: ART street is an amazing platform, and we owe you a big thank you for all the opportunities!
If you want to know more - and you haven't already - check out X-ROADS: STRIVE and keep an eye out for us in the pages of SHONEN JUMP! We're going to be the best manga team in the world!
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