Anime Underground

Reasons Being A Manga Artist Is A Living Nightmare

Being a manga artist, or a "mangaka," must seem like a dream job to most otaku. Writing, drawing, and hanging out with your manga idols - what could be better? Well, unfortunately, the reality of what life is really like for manga artists is usually far from being a dream. Not only are jobs hard to come by, but they are riddled with unbelievable hardships and soul-crushing amounts of stress. 

The ugly truth? You'll work crazy long hours with hardly any breaks for very little money. You'll be super sleep deprived, overworked, and under enormous pressure from your editor to keep pumping out chapters every week. If you're an assistant, you could be doing the bulk of the grunt work, but if you're a creator, you might not be able to afford enough assistants to pick up the slack. All of the psychological and physical stress is enough to make a lot of artists seriously ill - or worse. Still interested? Here's a breakdown of the insane schedule of a manga artist and why being one is so terrible.