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When it comes to the reading direction of an original English manga page, you would like... 

45%
871 deviants said I don't mind, I am used to reading both ways.
35%
679 deviants said Right to Left because it is a manga.
20%
392 deviants said Left to Right because it is in English.

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:iconagarmentofwings:
AGarmentOfWings Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Does this mean you're working on something?
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:iconnegshin:
Negshin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yes it does, I've been working on a couple of manga projects for a while now to be released in 2014 ^_^
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:iconagarmentofwings:
AGarmentOfWings Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Yay! "A couple" of projects is even more exciting than 1 project.
Are you working with someone or by yourself (or are you not allowed to say)?
I'm definitely looking forward to seeing manga you've worked on.

(I still miss Redemption, though.)
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Elfdawn11 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
I am used to switching between both, but I feel that if it's origin is English it should be left to right... but it doesn't matter much.
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einlee Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
I actually like left to right, hmm.
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NearoC Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Digital Artist
I generally assume anything graphic novel is right to left, because I don't like anything more Western styled, comics and such. So when a graphic novel is left to right it confuses me to no end reading it backwards til I eventually figure it out. I suppose if it said at the start that it was left to right, and was all released at once, or said it every time there was some new pages, I wouldn't mind at all. I just couldn't remember otherwise and every reading session would start with the same issue.
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DustBunnyMaiden Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whichever orientation in which they are originally drawn. If it gets flipped, something about it always feels a little odd to me.
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QueenGwenevere Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
If it's translated from a right-to-left language, I prefer seeing the images and panels the way they were originally drawn, so, right-to-left...

But if it's OEL, making it read right-to-left is just kind of silly. If it's originally meant to be in English, it makes way more sense to have it go left-to-right because it's easier to read.
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Vueiy-Visarelli Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Although I'm used to reading manga right to left, I don't really mind either way, so long as it's clearly stated (if it's left to right). Whenever I read manhua (Korean or Chinese), it usually throws me off, since it's typically left to right, and I keep having to figure it out when the sequence doesn't make sense. :blush:
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Wilding-Poyo Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
It seems like you've gotten a lot of votes for either direction, I think it's because a lot of readers can and often will adapt to the content. I'm with a lot of people and prefer reading the work in its original layout, whatever that may have been. Since this particular situation seems, for the present, directionless, then I'd just vote on you writing it the way you feel most comfortable.

Whatever flows most naturally to you.
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xKuroRavenx Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Since the majority of mangas I find already printed in english have been kept in the original japanese direction, I think most would be used to reading that way. However, many avid readers are also used to reading the other way, so either way should be accepted. It's also not too hard to get used to the flipped direction anyway!
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Also...if you do the japanese ver. than put a warning at the end for people who open it the wrong way!
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Innocent-raiN Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I like reading things in the original way they were published. Right to Left for manga.
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Equilonic Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Depends.. on your mother tongue :D. If it's left-to-right language then go with left-to-right, if it's opposite go with opposite. The reason for this is that we naturally tend to imply our mother tongues rules to drawings and panel arrangement, so if it's changed it might not come out to us naturally and then paneling looks kinda forced in some places.
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:iconlordless:
lordless Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The way it was originally drawn.
Any flipping for the sake of localization will boil my blood.
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xxKillerKingxx Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Lol...both ways. In any case, I prefer right-to-left just because I've gotten so used to it. I get all baffled when a manga is read from left-to-right.
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xxKillerKingxx Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Just realized it says *original* English manga. In this case, left to right. Sorry, I suck u_u
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Aelfrey Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't mind reading right to left if I have to, but I definitely prefer left to right.
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makohi Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Right to left is pretentious.
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ansuz Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
I would say go with left-to-right if it's an original English manga, just because the flow of the page is smoother that way - they'll read from left-to-right, top-to-bottom without having to read left-to-right, pause, jump right-to-left to get to the next panel or speech balloon, read left-to-right, etc. Not that it takes all that much effort to read like that, but if it's all going the same direction you can think about the flow of the comic overall and intentionally use the way readers' eyes move around the page as a tool for dramatic effect. Like having a panel of a character thinking or talking while facing left ("backwards") can help the character seem pensive, since it's against the flow of the page and makes the reader's eyes pause slightly more. For manga in Japanese it's the same, but the directions are reversed. Having the text read in one direction and the panel order read the other direction kind of lessens the effect I think, since the readers are having to switch direction all the time anyway. It's all pretty subtle stuff that isn't very overtly noticeable and doesn't make TOO much difference, but it could be something to think about.
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Redemmo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
I don't mind which way I'm supposed to read it, just make sure you note at the begging of the comic page the directionality, otherwise there will be very confused readers!
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RB-Illustration Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012   Digital Artist
I can read either way, but if it's a comic to be published in English, I'd say left-to-right would be a better bet, because the original manga format might put off prospective readers who are used to Western book formats. People who are used to reading manga probably won't mind either way, so I don't think you're losing anything by making it left-to-right. =)
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nou-e Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As long as it's clear which way I'm supposed to read.
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Seikara Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If it was originally made to be read right to left then, even translated to English, I want it to stay that way. But if it was written in English originally, then it only makes sense that it should be read left to right.
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FalyneVarger Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Left to right since that's native to English. That way anyone who is unfamiliar with manga will still be able to enjoy it and anyone used to manga will be able to switch fairly easily.
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Belial-Volta Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
I'm good either way, really. I don't mind reading left-to-right (cos I'm English) or right-to-left (cos I've read a few). Shoulda seen me the time I first picked up manga of both types.

First one I got was a Zoids manga, where they flipped everything (including the pictures) so that it could be read like an American would read it... I grew upset because all the markings were on the wrong side of the face. "Van's mark isn't on THAT SIDE! ARGH."

Then I picked up a properly translated one (read right-to-left) and went "wait, why is this happening backwa--OH! Nevermind. Got it." XD;
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SophieBrigitteXD Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm used to read both way, but I think that it is more logical to have it with the left to right reading, since it is originally English. That way you can follow the flow of the words alongside with the general flow of the ballons... I hope this last sentence makes sense XD
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Vienix Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I can read right to left 'cause Arabic is my first language
and left to right 'cause English is my second
so all is fine for me~ =u=
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LaceWingedSaby Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey dear!!
For me it's the same, I mean, I love to read from right to left into normal manga, but if it's yours...I don't mind *w*
I can't wait to see you here again!
Keep up your awesome talent!
Miss ya! <3
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vladimir-the-hamster Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012   Digital Artist
I'm used to both and don't really mind which way it goes, but it makes more sense to me if a manga written in English for English speakers reads left-to-right.
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Negshin Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I really appreciate it ^_^
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Phinnimonster Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012   General Artist
I'm fine with either way. I'm used to reading both right-to-left manga and left-to-right comics, and if someone wants their original English content to read right-to-left to help with an authentic "manga" feel I'm fine with that too. :')
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:iconnegshin:
Negshin Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for letting me know :glomp:
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SpottedAlienMonster Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Filmographer
Well, if it's in English and being published in a country that speaks largely English, I would think it should be read Left to Right. This makes it more accessible and makes more sense to someone who should just happen to see it in a shop, on a website, whatever.

Translated mangas have to be read right to left because that's how the written Japanese language works. It wouldn't make sense if Marvel or DC started making a series of their comics read only Right to Left simply to reach a specific audience.
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:iconnegshin:
Negshin Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ah see that's where I kinda struggle... because I'm kinda both, I read and write in Persian (right to left) and English (left to right) and while I know I will initially write it in English, I do wonder if it would be just aimed for the English market in the future given that I have every intention of translating it into other languages as well ^^;

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a comment though, I really appreciate knowing your opinion on this as every bit of advice/comments will be helpful in me finally making up my mind.
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SpottedAlienMonster Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Filmographer
Ah, I see the problem and what you're getting at. You want your audience, no matter what they be, to have an immersive experience. Still, comics are all over the world are translated into other languages, especially manga.

If you plan for your audience to be the world, first focus on where you will sell them at first. Then, when you start to grow out and possibly find other translators, your comics will still grow out and an audience will still be found, even if they are right to left/left to right.

Perhaps, just to be safe, no matter which way you wind up going you should probably put some page at the front and back stating "This is the beginning/front of the book" and "This is the end/back of the book." Some manga also include a little diagram showing those new to manga how to progress through dialogue boxes and panels.

Again, you should focus on the area you are in. While it is always good to have a long-term plan, sometimes you can't plan for success. Because that planning can cost a lot.
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bbjd Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
I agree with Kuroko. I often find it difficult to make the switch >////<
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:iconnegshin:
Negshin Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ah, thank you for letting me know ^_^
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bbjd Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
No problem. <3
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Seveya Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
I have no preference, I chose the most logical ways.
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:iconnegshin:
Negshin Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you ^_^
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:iconseveya:
Seveya Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
You're welcome! ;)
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YorukoChikokoro Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm more used to reading manga right to left lol. When I find one that's the other way it takes me a while to get used to it lol
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:iconnegshin:
Negshin Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it ^__^
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YorukoChikokoro Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're very welcome :)
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