Manga is winning.
Long time Batman scribe and the co-creator of Bane Chuck Dixon recently explained why Japanese manga is wiping the floor with American comics.
Dixon recently uploaded his 65th episode of Ask Chuck Dixon to his YouTube channel where Ricardo Garcia asked him, “What is your theory/thoughts on why Manga is wiping the floor with American comics?”
Dixon answered, “It’s not too hard to figure out, really. There’s a lot of dedication, passion, and craft in manga comics. And that’s missing, almost entirely, from the Big Two.”
He elaborated, “Marvel and DC still run the store here. They still are the market leaders. And unfortunately, there is no variety there. There’s nothing really different. There’s not something for everybody the way there is in manga.”
Dixon then touted the artwork in manga, “It’s not hard to see. The artwork is attractive. It’s different. It’s engaging. It’s interesting. It’s varied. So there’s a lot of reasons to like manga.”
“And not a whole lot of reasons to like what’s out now. Because what’s out now, for the Big Two, is, for the most part, poorly crafted. There’s a few exceptions, but for the most part, it’s poorly crafted, poorly conceived, there’s an obvious political agenda to everything, and there’s no variety.”