Mànhuà (Traditional: 漫畫 Simplified: 漫画) is the general term for Chinese-language comics and print cartoons, and is applied both to works originally written in Chinese, and translated comics. The Chinese characters for mànhuà are identical to those used for Japanese manga
and Korean manhwa
Although mànhuà were widely published and read in China from the 1920's, often with political or satirical content, modern works have mainly been published in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Today, mànhuà can be found on sale anywhere with a large Chinese-speaking population.
The art style in mànhuà is generally more realistic than is typical of Japanese manga, and normally drawn in full color. The order Chinese mànhuà are read in depends on the situation: more traditional ones and ones imitating the Japanese manga style are read from right to left (which is the order that traditional Chinese is read in), while more modern ones and ones imitating the American comic book style are read from left to right (which is the order that simplified Chinese is read in).
Notable titles include:
- Billion Princess (百億公主): A rebellious daughter of very wealthy family encounters music, drama, romance.
- Bloodline (血族): A 2009 Vampire Fiction series, and one of China's best and most popular domestic works, the last descendant of vampires fights against the Church Militant Shengdi.
- Bowling King (滾球王): A Taiwanese Shōnen comic in a ten-pin bowling setting.
- The Celestial Zone (天界无限): Published in Singapore in Chinese and English; often abbreviated to "TCZ".
- Chinese Hero (中華英雄): Chinese swordsmen vs. racist kung-fu mafia gangsters in 1930's Chicago.
- Choukakou (長歌行): A Badass Princess plotting a rebellion against Emperor Taizong of during the Tang Dynasty. Also known as Chang Ge Xing and Song of the Long March.
- City Of Darkness (九龍城寨): Centered around the The Triads and the Tongs in Hong Kong's infamous Kowloon Walled City.
- Collapse Of The World As We Know It: A collection of horror-like, short stories, ranging from body horror to The End of the World as We Know It.
- Cyber Weapon Z (超神Z): Science-fiction martial arts vs. demons; given an Animated Adaptation.
- Divine Melody (仙曲): An immortal fox spirit befriends human children and tries to repay her debt to their reincarnated selves.
- ½ Prince (½ 王子): A brother and sister and their friends' adventure in virtual reality.
- Feng Shen Ji (封神记): An emperor defies the commands of Jerkass Gods.
- Fighting Pretty Foxgirl: A popular Shoujo-like fantasy with a humanoid demon fox and rabbit as the main characters; adapted into an animated series.
- Fung Wan (風雲): Set during the Ming Dynasty, Deuteragonists Nip Fung (Wind) and Bou Ging-wan (Cloud) learn martial arts in their early years and grow up to become legendary fighters. Also know as Wind and Cloud, it was adapted into the 1998 film The Storm Riders.
- Gu Fang Bu Zi Shang: A historical drama featuring a female military genius who inadvertently falls in love with the general of the enemy army.
- An Ideal World (尋找自我的世界): A nineteen-year old slacker learns the value of hard work.
- Infinity Game (无尽游戏): A student accidentally finds himself as a Dungeon Master of another realm and decides to play with it.
- The Legend of Sun Knight (吾命騎士): The thirty-eighth generation Sun Knight, his friends, his enemies and their adventures.
- Ngau Chai (牛仔)
- Old Master Q (老夫子): A newspaper strip running since 1962.
- The One (獨領風騷): Fashion, romance and super-models...yes, it's aimed at young girls. How'd you guess?
- Oriental Heroes (龍虎門): Martial artist heroes fighting for justice in modern day Hong Kong; running since 1970.
- Painting Warriors (繪戰師): In the early Song Dynasty (AD 960-1127), at the western border of the Tangut Empire, a pivot point of the Silk Road, brave warriors battle for a rumored sacred item. The Hero, "untouchable war painter" Tao Hui, is the ancient equivalent of a war-photographer.
- Ravages Of Time (火鳳燎原): A complex re-telling of events from Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
- School Shock (雏蜂): A military girl/human weapon is assigned to protect an Ordinary High-School Student who might be an important person.
- Show Me The Money (搶錢女神): A comedy-based mànhuà about a super-strong, but very mercenary-inclined schoolgirl.
- Teddy Boy (古惑仔): Source material of the Young And Dangerous film series
- Thirteen Dot Cartoons (十三點): An always cheerful, fashion-crazy girl from an impossibly rich family, and her friends go on wacky adventures in each issue.
- Weapons Of The Gods (神兵玄奇): Warriors vie for magical weapons in the Sixteen Kingdoms Era of Ancient China.
- Youth Gone Wild (搖滾狂潮): A Rock music-based mànhuà from Taiwan.