When it comes to shonen manga, Weekly Shonen Jump is considered by many as the premiere magazine. For decades, it has produced countless classics, from Fist of the North Star to Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure to Dragon Ball to Yu Yu Hakusho.
It’s also responsible for Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Hunter x Hunter, My Hero Academia, Shokugeki no Soma, Death Note, Kuroko’s Basketball, Haikyuu!!, Black Clover, and Gintama, as well as even a few harem titles like Nisekoi and To Love Ru.
And with those many classics produced by the magazine, it’s no surprise that Jump also has some of the best editors in the entire manga industry. And now, one former editor, Yuu Saitou, who now works as Shueisha’s “Character Business” section chief has started his own blog, and he is aiming it at people who want to become a mangaka.
His blog can be found in Jump’s user-submitted manga website Jump Rookie!. There, he basically talks about what he has learned from various mangaka and gives practical advice to those who want to break into the industry. This includes things from time management to even drawing techniques.
For the first post, Saitou used Osamu Akimoto’s Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo (KochiKame) as an example to explain how to make a manga page easy to read. He says that mangaka must make sure that the panel’s image must match the dialogue so to clearly convey the words that the character or narration is expressing.
It then teased its next analysis, which features techniques from My Hero Academia.
Saitou previously worked as an editor for Jump, taking on the editorship many popular titles, such as Eyeshield 21, Gintama, Kuroko’s Basketball, Hunter x Hunter, Nisekoi, World Trigger, and many more.
Source: Jump Rookie!