Welcome to We Make Manga
Everything that has been placed on this site so far is an original creation by students and graduates from the University of South Carolina department of Art manga classes, who all share a passion for the Japanese art form known as manga. We Make Manga, founded and mentored by Professor Northrop Davis, is run by current students and graduates from the University of South Carolina, and it is their work you see posted here. The writers and artists displaying their work vary from fresh beginners to battle hardened veterans of the comic world; however everyone here shares a strong passion for what they do. Several of the mangas displayed have received raves from the manga industries in the United States, Japan, China and Hollywood. We Make Manga now seeks to provide a community for manga creators and fans and a forum for innovative discussions and ideas, including about creating and teaching manga, and it encourages development of manga series on the site. We hope you enjoy the site and are perhaps inspired to create a manga of your own.
An Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design/Media Arts, Northrop Davis is the author of the book Manga and Anime Go to Hollywood (The Amazing Rapidly Evolving Relationship between Hollywood and Japanese Animation, Television, and Film (2016, Bloomsbury Academic) and a screenwriter-- and is now writer of his first two manga volumes -- who teaches screenwriting and manga/anime studies. As screenwriter, Davis has sold three Hollywood projects: his science fiction script to Warner Brothers and two pitches-- one to Columbia/Sony Studios and another to 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, both of which he subsequently wrote as screenplays. He has lectured at the Writers and the Directors Guilds of America, Duke University, Cal Arts, UCLA Professional Screenwriting Program, U.C. Irvine, and ten years at Anime Expo. He has been invited four times to lecture internationally, including at the premiere manga program at Japan's Kyoto Seika University (2015, and in 2016 he was awarded a Hoso Bunka Foundation [NHK-funded] research grant along with a professor there). A member of the Writers Guild of America West, at the University of South Carolina, he received the Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award. In 2015 he was named a Breakthrough Star “awarded to faculty from a wide variety of disciplines, who show phenomenal commitment to their fields through research and scholarly activity.” He has published a number of print articles in the US and abroad in leading publications in his field and has been quoted in such publications as Le Monde. He was awarded two grants to fund the manga he wrote, The Hole. Louise Wang, a graduate of his manga class, is the inker on it. Volume 1 is slated to be published this winter followed by volume 2. For more information, including about his students' current activities and career success, please visit here. (Headshot by Adam Jakes)
『Manga and Anime Go to Hollywood』(2016年Bloomsbury Academic出版)の著者であり、映画脚本家、全米監督協会のライターの一員である。現在、自身初のマンガ作品を製作中。また映画、テレビの脚本作り、マンガ・アニメーション学を教えている。 作家、映画脚本家としては、ハリウッドの3つのプロジェクトである、科学フィクション映画の台本をワーナー・ブラザーズに売却、またコロンビア・ソニースタジオと20世紀フォックスに売り込んでいる。 活躍の場は広く、全米脚本家・監督協会、デューク大学、カリフォルニア芸術大学、カリフォルニア大学ロサンゼルス校プロフェッショナル・スクリーンライタープログラム、カリフォルニアアーバイン校で講座を持っており、アニメ・エキスポでの講座は9年間にも及ぶ。活躍の場は米国内にとどまらず、海外でも4度講演しており、2015年には京都精華大学のプレミアマンガプログラムで講義を行った。 こうした活躍が高く評価され、サウスカロライナ大学で『the Micheal J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award』を受賞。さらに2015年には自身の研究と学術活動における驚異的なコミットメントを発表し『Breakthrough Star』の栄誉に輝き、そのニュース記事は一躍マンガ業界の注目を集めた。 最初に紹介した彼の著書『Manga and Anime Go to Hollywood』は、フランスのル・モンド紙に2017年5、7月の2回にわたり引用された。また彼の著作はアメリカ図書館協会から長年優良図書として選定されている。 彼のマンガ作品『The Hole』第一巻は今年冬に出版される予定。
Jarad is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he studied Criminology, Theatre, and Public Relations. He is also an award-winning cartoonist, whose comics and cartoons have appeared in newspapers, newsletters, and magazines throughout the Southeast (and even once in a Chicago museum). Originally from Lutz, FL, Jarad currently resides in Columbia, SC. Follow him online at jaradgreene.wordpress.com or @JaradGreene
Ashley Poston is a fangirl at heart. Inspired by everything from Sailor Moon to Firefly to Harry Potter, she began writing at a very young age and never stopped. She's written for Quirk Books Blog and ThoughtCatolog, spoke at Anime Expo's Academic Conference, interned at Random House Publishers, and somehow found herself in the publishing world. Her first novel, THE SOUND OF US, was published by Bloomsbury Spark in 2013. Its companion novel, WE OWN THE NIGHT, comes out in September of 2015. She currently lives with her cat and a plethora of books. When not writing, she hangs around on Twitter fangirling about all the feels. Tweet her at @ashposton and read her inner-most rambles at www.casuallybeingweird.com.
Marlowe Leverette is an illustrator, web designer and award-winning cartoonist from South Carolina. He has a Masters in Studio Art from the University of South Carolina. As of this publication date, he will have just published a short autobiography. Follow him on twitter @MarloweML and check out marloweleverette.com where you can view his portfolio.
Kimberly Redmond is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College, with a major in Media Arts and a minor in Religious Studies. She wrote the manga Jefferson High Debate Union, and she manages social media for the site. She worked on the set of The Edge of the Woods with an award-winning cast and director. Kim’s specialties lie in writing and communication, especially for a wide range of subjects.
Andrew Zah graduated from USC in 2016 in Media Arts. He swiftly changed tracks and taught himself to program, focusing in Ruby and Rails at first with an emphasis on back-end engineering. He now uses Crystal, Golang, Docker, and Unix systems in personal projects. In June 2017, Andrew is moving abroad to Korea to teach English and experience different cultures. He can be found through his website, on Twitter (@andrew_zah) or on Discord (@Andrei#8263).
Patrick graduated from USC, with a degree in Media Arts in 2015. He was an intern at the Charlotte Hornets and currently works as a marketing team leader for a Chicago based non-profit. He is also lead writer for Haptic Studios, working on their first game, Halfblade.
Christin Hare is a former Media Arts student that graduated in December 2015. Since graduating, she's worked as a freelance videographer for RevenFlo in Rock Hill, SC and a freelance production assistant in Charlotte, NC for various television shows. Christin is currently living in the Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan teaching English. She hopes that this new experience can influence her creativity and introduce her to different artistic expressions.
Austa Joye is a graduate from the University of South Carolina with a major in Information Science and a minor in Japanese. Her hobbies include drawing and studying Japanese culture, and she has assisted Professor Davis on formatting images for his book Manga and Anime Go To Hollywood, where several of her manga appear. Austa’s manga creations have been lauded by a Japanese manga professor and publishing professionals and she is currently working on her manga Pastel White and continues to improve on her story writing and drawing skills while working at her full-time job.
Jessica Jordan is a current undergraduate student of the University of South Carolina’s Honors College who is majoring in Media Arts with a Business minor. She is currently developing a story which she aspires to turn into a webcomic.
Chynah McAlister is an Art Director of WeMakeManga Productions and a member of the Artist Guild. She is a senior majoring in Media Arts at the University of South Carolina. Her expertise lies in illustration. Being a self-taught artist, she’s honed in on her craft to be able to accommodate both fantasy and realism. She and her friend, Morgan Tuers, created the comic, Umbra. She enjoys giving art advice, hoarding video games, and surving solely off of coffee. Feel free follow her on Instagram @pastelandchaispice Or contact her by email at: email@example.com
Kimberly Hilton is head of Social Media at WeMakeManga Productions and is a Junior studying Media Arts at the University of South Carolina: Columbia. She is a prior member of the school's OffOffBroadway theater club and a current member of the school's Seidokan Aikido club (martial arts), holding the rank of Yonkyu. She is also the author and illustrator of "Doveskins". A triplet, she loves reading and writing stories. You can follow her on Instagram @krimbliqkah, or on her website at: krimbliqkah.website.
Morgan Tuers is an Art Director of WeMakeManga Productions and a member of the Artist Guild. She is a senior majoring in Media Arts at the University of South Carolina. Her expertise lies in LInking, Coloring, and 2-D animation. Being a self-taught artist, she’s honed in on her craft to be able to accommodate detailed surrealism in a wide plethora of mediums. She and her friend, Chynah McAlister, created the comic, Umbra. She enjoys teaching others, pallet work, Legend of Zelda, and collecting franchise Art books. Feel free follow her on Instagram @Skelemor or contact her by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kyle Stephenson is President and Chief Creative Officer of WeMakeManga Productions. He is a senior majoring in Media Arts at the University of South Carolina. He, along with his colleagues, are working to help WMM publish sequential art and teach those who are interested in working in the medium.