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Knuckles at 10:55AM, Nov. 23, 2007
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I have a curious question in regards to professional artists and comicbook making (mainly manga). How many completed pages per day does the average professional manga artist churn out? To my understanding some artists usually do all of their inking and toning themselves, rather than hire someone else to do it. What's the average # of completed pages per day if that were the case?
Is this something they do 24/7 with no breaks on the weekends or holidays? How much sleep does the average manga artist usually get?

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cetriya at 12:03PM, Nov. 23, 2007
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from what I've heard. it's usually 1-2 pages a day in the US or if it's a monthly.
Many artist in japan is 4-8 pages a day for bi-weekly or weekly. (from what I've heard)
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ShadowsMyst at 12:11PM, Nov. 23, 2007
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I believe most manga is published a chapter a week. A chapter consists of 15-20 pages. Giving time for publishing, lets assume a 5 day work week standard, producing layout ready pages.. mm, probably about four pages a day. Depending on your workday and how fast you work. A lot of professional mangaka in japan also have assistants that work with them to aid in the process and speed it up. Often doing rough layouts with references worked in or someone else doing toning or whatever floats their boat I would imagine. However, after a while, and now with the computer, I'm sure some can do more than 4 pages in an eight hour day. ( that's only a page every two hours, black and white, not unthinkable really) Assuming of course you worked and didn't goof off. It would probably be a matter of discipline. Of course, professional mangaka and comic book artists, doing that IS their job, and they can devote their time to it. Unlike the rest of us, who try to do it in our spare time and sacrifice sleep to get it done. I'm sure many of them get plenty of sleep, and then there are probably those that don't use their time as wisely and don't get as much sleep.

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kyupol at 6:09PM, Nov. 23, 2007
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My record is cranking out 3 pages (fully colored see all my comics) in 1 day.

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batsofchaos at 1:37AM, Nov. 24, 2007
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My record's 24 pages in one day, but then again it was a 24-Hour comic. :D
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Bimbo_Zombie at 2:42PM, Nov. 25, 2007
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One every few months if I'm lucky :( Which is why I don't have a regular update.
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DemonSaintDante at 9:20AM, Dec. 12, 2007
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I would say about 3-6 a day would be the average for a manga artist. But like stated earlier, its all line and tones. I could easily pump out 3-6 pages a day if all i had to do was line and tones. Especially if i had all day to devote to it.

Now coloring is a different story, that takes up a majority of my time when i am doing colored pages.
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angry_black_guy at 9:52PM, Dec. 12, 2007
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I heard for the weekly serials, people work as long as possible until the job is done meaning 12 to 14 hour work days as they rarely just create a chapter a week (they're usually well on in next week's chapter before the first week is even published). Some of them have assistants and their job is very basic; some assistants are simply specialists who draw one thing such as vehicles or guns. Generally speaking, the mangaka (artist) draws the main characters while the assistant draws the backgrounds and does the toning.

4 pages a day is pretty much the average. In the western world, were mainstream comics are a monthly thing done in full color, a page a day is pretty much the norm. I've heard stories from buddies in the industry (especially during the work on Gaiman's The Eternals) of pages spanning almost half a week. Everyone has a very specific job; the script, layouts, pencils, inks, colors, and letters are all done by different people but they're a closely knit group so any major changes are always discussed.

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