Magical Manga

The Magical Manga Class teaches the popular drawing style known as Manga or Anime. Students learn the basics of drawing Manga eyes, faces and hands, to full action poses, perspective, objects, cute characters and more. Register HERE!

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Students are encouraged to create their own characters, focusing on what they like to draw while learning techniques that help them improve their skills. Because students work at their own level, there is no need to “keep up” with other students. Additionally, students are encouraged to try new concepts and techniques in order to foster their development as artist.

Some of the concepts that will be covered in this unique class:

Faces and expressions



Chibi (deformed characters)

Action Poses

Figure Drawing


And a whole lot more!

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There are a lot of different types of manga and anime out there; here is a list of the most common genres

Okatu – Fans of anime in the United States. In Japan it is a derogatory term for anime-obsessed fans with no life and usually no job.

Kodomo – comics for little kids

Redisu – comics for young adult females

Seijin – comics for adult males

Doujinshi – Anime and manga made by fans (wikipedia link)

Yonkoma – four-panel comics, usually published in newspapers

Gekiga – Comics focusing on serious topics, geared toward mature audiences

Mecha – high-tech robots (some huge and operated by characters) or piloted vehicles

Bishounen – literally “beautiful youth”, stories involving androgynous men geared to female readers. “Bishi” is a slang term for this genre. One of the appeals of this genre is the breakdown of traditionally strong male roles (athlete, warrior, martial arts expert, etc).

Shonen – Literally “a few years”; manga that targets the 10-18 year old reader. A popular genre, it is generally about action/fighting, but often contains a sense of humor and strong growing friendship-bonds between the characters.

Shonen-ai, shonen-yaoi – Stories about beautiful, effeminate boys in love with other beautiful, effeminate boys, usually targeted to female readers. Shonen-ai does not contain sexually explicit love scenes, but has implied love scenes as part of the storylines.

Shojo – Literally “young girl”, manga targeted to the 10-18 year old female reader

Shojo-ai – Shojo-ai is the American term, Yuri is the Japanese term, and refers to romance love stories between girls, targeted to female readers, with one girl having more masculine qualities than the other. Yuri can focus either on the sexual, the spiritual, or the emotional aspects of the relationship, the latter two sometimes being called shōjo-ai by western fans of manga.

Fanservice – Unnecessary elements to a storyline, usually sexual in nature, to please a core group of fans of a series

Ecchi – Anime or manga that has borderline pornographic or sexual content (skimpy clothing, partial or full nudity). Derived from a Japanese word meaning “erotic”, “lewd”, “sexy”, or “lascivious”

Seinen – A word meaning “young man”, manga targeted at older males, usually between 18-30 years old. It has a wide variety of art styles and more variation in subject matter, ranging from the avant-garde to the pornographic. Seinen manga is distinguished from shounen, or boy’s manga by having a stronger emphasis on realism and also by having a more well developed storyline.

Josei – The female equivalent of Seinen

Yaoi – Also known as boys’ love, this is manga of a homosexual nature, created by women for female readers, with more sexual overtones to the storylines. (wikipedia link)

Hentai – Sexually explicit anime pornography. The word hentai has a negative connotation to the Japanese and is commonly used to mean sexually perverted.

Shotacon – A slang word that refers to romantic or sexual attraction to young boys, or a person who has such an attraction. It refers to a genre of manga and anime wherein pre-pubescent or pubescent male characters are depicted in a suggestive or erotic manner, leading critics to charge that this genre encourages the sexual abuse of children. Understandably, shotacon is very controversial. Given the extreme sensitivity of this type of material, possession of it can lead to arrest and conviction.

Unique Sub-Genres of Anime

Magical Girl – girls with superhuman powers who fight evil and protect the world

Meccha Anime – vehicles, pilots and/or machine operators as the principle themes

Gag Anime – Anime that has no plot, but a series of jokes, strange situations and over-the-top reactions by characters. Some of the gags can seem downright surreal and alien to western readers

Harem Anime – stories involving a protagonist of either gender surrounded by multiple characters of the opposite gender, and the situations that arise from it (a male surrounded by women, a woman surrounded by men). This genre is usually risque and has sexual themes

A large number of girls read comics in Japan, and a large number of Publishers specialize in comics geared toward women readers only, which is opposite of the United States, where female readership of comics is much smaller.

In Japan, weekly magazines are restricted to 16 pages, and these titles are designed to quickly satisfy the reader is a short attention span, because many readers are commuters who do not have time to sit down for hours to read through a long book. These magazines are eventually compiled into books that can be collected as a multi volume series.

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