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The Black Nerds Expo on Thursday, February 28 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM at MiraCosta College (1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056) is a space for attendees to explore and celebrate black comics, books, art, video games, and pop culture. This event is open to everyone! Register at http://blacknerdsexpo.eventbrite.com for free!
Here is what the expo will offer:
-Meet people in the art, video game, and comic book industries
-Make new, local friends who like black pop culture
-Participate in opportunity drawings for active attendees
-Take Instagram-worthy photos at the photo booth
-Day-of point card to collect comics-related stickers and prizes
-Learn about upcoming projects and releases information in anime, manga, video games, media, and pop culture
How much is it to attend the Black Nerds Expo?
It’s free! Just make sure to either pre-register or register on-site for entry.
Why is there a need for a black nerds event?
Could you name at least three black superheroes outside of Black Panther, Storm from the X-men, or Luke Cage? Could you name at least three black authors without searching on Google? Could you name at least one black artist outside of comics? Events such as the Black Nerds Expo is to make aware the existence of black pop culture that isn’t usually shown or celebrated in mainstream media.
If I’m a vendor, artist, or would like to table for the Black Nerds Expo, how can I make that happen?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete an exhibitor application at https://goo.gl/forms/75SkViyzNwPSFptU2 to register a representative to participate in the Black Nerds Expo. There is limited space, so please contact Jd Banks as soon as possible.
How much is it to reserve a table?
It’s free! We don’t want tabling or exhibiting fees to be a barrier for exhibiting. Please contact Jd Banks at email@example.com as soon as possible since space is limited.
If I can’t be there personally but I or my business would like to contribute, how do I do that?
Send any promotional materials (i.e. flyers, postcards, business cards, posters) to the following address by Thursday, February 14, 2019 to give them time to arrive:
ATTN: Jd Banks, Student Equity (MC: #10C)
1 Barnard Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056
Is it possible to sponsor something for this event?
Sure! We would like to do an opportunity drawing for attendees, so any swag items such as T-shirts, hats, buttons, wrist bands, DVDs, posters, cups, or figurines relating to black pop culture would be appreciated. In return, the Black Nerds Expo will cross-promote your brand on social media and other marketing materials. Please email Jd Banks at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Are you providing any stipends or paying any fees for vendors, artists, or representatives to participate in the Black Nerds Expo?
No. Participants will only be provided a table, refreshments, and day-of logistical support.
What sort of things would be great to bring as a vendor, artist, or representative to the Black Nerds Expo?
If you are a comics vendor, comics and graphic novels concentrating on black superheroes such as Black Panther, Storm, Luke Cage, Black Lightning, Green Lantern, March, Miles Morales Spider-Man, Ironheart, Batwing, Cyborg, Mister Terrific, Vixen, Nubia, Rocket, XS, Tattooed Man, Afro Samurai, and more would be great. Find a list of black superheroes at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_black_superheroes. Books from Toni Morrison, Ben Okri, Karyn Parsons, John Lewis, Alice Walker, Octavia Butler, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Michelle Obama and other black authors would also be great. Artwork can be fan-created artwork of current black superheroes and/or original artwork with black and African-American attendees in mind.
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Manga Creator Jobs
This section is for manga creators looking for freelance work. Updated: 8/6/2019
Freelance Manga Artist Jobs on UpWork
Deadline: Until Filled
If you’re a freelance manga artist or looking to get your feet wet by taking on a client, try this listing on UpWork, a website dedicated to providing freelance work.
Manga Artists and Writers Network on MangaRaiders
Some forums and online communities put out calls for freelance manga artists, including MangaRaiders.
How to Make Backgrounds for Manga
Just as in writing, backgrounds are important for every manga. It anchors the characters and settings in a specific time and space. Without them, readers have only dialogue to follow the story.
Drawing from scratch
Creating a background from scratch may be time consuming, but it is one of the most fulfilling parts of drawing. Once you’re done, you sigh and yell, “I did it!” The best way to create a background from scratch is to take a picture of the locations or buildings you want to use and draw it from that picture.
The reason why I don’t prefer drawing at the location is because many factors change as you’re looking between your drawing and the actual place. The sun and clouds move, shifting the shadows around, and people hover over your shoulder with indignant questions, peeling your gaze from your focal point. A picture will stay whatever you want that picture to be.
Turning out a picture
With a picture of a location, you can also create unique backgrounds. Ai Yazawa turns images into shadows with almost pixelated points.
You can also turn pictures Into vectors in Adobe Illustrator or Manga Pro. To vectorize an image in Illustrator, select to “Trace”.
Using stock pictures
If drawing or vectorizing pictures are too much, you can buy Deleter background booklets or get free stock manga backgrounds on DeviantArt or Pinterest.
Deleter and Manga University both have books with backgrounds you can print onto adhesive sheets and apply like screentones or digitally place them in your manga using layers. They’re good for hard-to-find pictures such as Japanese classrooms, common streets, and convenience stores. The books aren’t free. They price anywhere from $2.50 to $12.00 online.
Here are a few generous artists:
If you want to be a well-rounded artist, my advice is to learn how to do perspective drawings. Even if you plan on becoming a traditional artist (drawing, painting, sculpting), learning perspective will only be a tool.
Manga Paper If You’re Outside Japan
When you first started drawing manga, did you grab a few sheets from the printer stack? I know I did. Tsk, and a tsk. We didn’t know better then, but now we do. The type of paper you use to create your manga and comics makes a difference in line quality, erasings, and marker bleeds. Manga paper is nothing more than comic book or manuscript paper that’s thicker and more absorbent than regular printer paper. They can be expensive, but here’s a list from online retailers who’ll give you a deal.
|Brand / Paper Type||# of Sheets||DickBlick||Jerry’s Artarama||Blue Line Pro||Comic Artist Supplies||Akadot||Deleter||Japanimation|
|Manga Art Boardz (150×220 mm)||25||$10.00|
|Manga Art Boardz (150×220 mm)||100||$35.00|
|Manga Art Paper #90 (8 ¼ x 11 ¾ in)||25||$8.96|
|Manga Art Paper #80 (8 ¼ x 11 ¾ in)||25||$9.86|
|Manga Art Paper #90 (10 x 14 ¼ in)||25||$14.36|
|Manga Art Paper #80 (10 x 14 ¼ in)||25||$15.26|
|Canson Illustration/Comic Board (38 x 10 in)||3||$5.32|
|Canson Illustration/Comic Board (16 x 20 in)||5||$14.49|
|Canson Illustration/Comic Board (20 x 30 in)||5||$24.89|
|Canson Comic Book Art Boards (11 x 17 in)||24||$13.67|
|Canson Manga Art Boards (10 x 14 ¼ in)||15||$6.84|
|Deleter Comic Book Paper 110kg A4 (182x257mm)||40||$5.91||$8.89|
|Deleter Comic Book Paper 110kg B4 (220x310mm)||40||$8.86||$13.29|
|Deleter Comic Book Paper 135kg A4 (182x257mm)||40||$6.23||$9.39|
|Deleter Comic Book Paper 135kg B4 (220x310mm)||40||$9.52||$15.09|
|Canson Paper for A5 Book Comic Manuscript Paper||3||$5.50|
|Canson Paper for B5 Book Comic Manuscript Paper||3||$6.00|
For the digital copy of this post, please click here: Where to Get Manga Paper.
Other artists who’ve written about using manga paper and where to get them are:
Jamie Lynn Lano (former Prince of Tennis manga assistant) recommends 3 kinds of paper at http://www.jamieism.com/1883/prince-of-tennis/become-mangaka-part-2-learn-tools .
Manga Tutorials recommends paper from Akadot Retail and Blue Line Pro at http://www.mangatutorials.com/2010/all-about-manga-paper/ .
Want to try your hand at competing with your manga? Try one of the contests below!
Silent Manga Audition (usually around the end of March) – This annual contest gives out the top prizes including $5,000 for the grand prize winner and recognition by current manga creators in Japan. As the title says “silent”, this manga has one definite rule: there should be no dialogue in your manga.
SacAnime Manga Contest (Deadline: Summer 2015) – While SacAnime is an anime convention held in Sacramento each year, they also hold a manga contest with cash prizes.
Threadless (Deadline: December 14, 2015) – Threadless, one of the top interactive T-shirt retailers, has an anime-themed T-shirt contest. If you win, you can get up to $1000 prize money. For those who submit but don’t win the contest can still get their designs sold on Threadless alongside $7 store credit.
If you know of any contests, please comment!
Here’s a poll for all manga creators and dabblers:
Why’s this here? What you ask for may be what you get! Please look at “To Manga Artists” to see the screentones, pens, deals, online courses, and communities dedicated to manga and comic book artists.