So I will say this, although you can find similarities in manga or American comics and even point out general strengths or weaknesses in differences of approach, in the end there is no comics creator that I know of named, "Manga" or "American Comics." The names on the comics I read are Mike Mignola, Dan Clowes, Hiroaki Samura, Masamune Shirow etc. The reason I enjoy these have more to do with the individual talents and vision of the creators that make them rather than the label put on them. I certainly don't go to the store thinking, "gotta have manga! Any manga! " and I don't ask for the latest copy of "American Comic." Because there is no token manga or token American comic. I think that to approach art any other way is foolish.
I would have to agree there.
there's some Manga out there which I wouldn't touch with a ten-pole, despite the fact that I'm an huge Manga fan. mainly because of the artists who does the manga that I consider to be very bad.
take the artist of the manga FLCL (fooly Cooly). even though the anime was excellent, the Manga itself is acrictious!! it's way more sketchy than the worst sketchy web comic out there.. you can't even tell what is an person and what is an object in it.. it's just a bunch of lines and scribbles.
and the artist's other mangas aren't very good neither.
but if I see mangas done by my favorite manga artists, such as Masamune Shirow for example, then I'm definitely gonna check it out and most likely buy it.
the same goes for any American Comics.. I'm very picky about not how the general stuff looks, but also about the story....
an American comic is useless to me if it has very excellent artwork but no story or very little of it. (same for manga too if you were wondering). if I only wanted artwork, then I would had gotten art books instead. For American comic artists my favorites are Neil Gaiman, and the team who made Fable: legends in exile.