Mànhuà (Traditional: 漫畫 Simplified: 漫画; generally written in English as manhua without any tonal diacritics
) 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 tend to be read from right to left, while more modern ones tend to be read from left to right.
See also Manga
(Korean), OEL Manga
(English), and Web Comics