Manga School Nakano – Manga Instruction in English?!

Recently I was surprised to find out that there was a manga school right near the JR Nakano Station! This in itself is not so surprising, because there are many manga schools in Tokyo. But what makes Manga School Nakano different?


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What makes Manga School Nakano different?

They offer lessons in English!
You usually have to learn Japanese to hope to receive instruction from a Japanese manga-ka! I went to cover a class in action at the school.



(The tools of the trade….White-out is especially important! Most manga is drawn by hand, with nib-pens. Ink is very unforgiving.)


I dropped in on a private class manga-ka, Nao Yazawa, offers. I was really shocked to find out she only does private classes for English speakers! Each class is 2 hrs long .


This is Tilde, she is a Swedish girl who has been living in Japan for 6 months now and has started to get interested in drawing comics. She took the class once before and learned the basics on how to use all the different tools.


This is her work from her first class. The inking is done with nib pens, the hair is done with tone paper. The drawing was referenced from one done by Ms. Yazawa.



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