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[[MostWritersAreWriters Most comic book artists draw comic books]]. As a result, it's a common occupation or hobby for characters in media. These characters are typically very GenreSavvy or WrongGenreSavvy and possible FourthWall breaker. Most often they are aspiring Comic Artists / {{Mangaka}} who work on {{Comics}} / {{Doujin}} / {{Manga}} to sell at {{Fan Convention}}s. Sometimes these can take the form of an AuthorAvatar relating problems they had or have making their work. They tend to have a penchant for {{Cosplay}} generally as the characters in their own works, or works they're fans of.

In Japan they are more often [[MostFanficWritersAreFemale Female]] and are often {{Yaoi Fan Girl}}s. Males are far more common in the Western world thanks to the western idea that ComicBooks are for boys.

A common [[StockSuperpowers Super Power]] for these characters is ArtInitiatesLife.


[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''MahouSenseiNegima'', Haruna is an aspiring artist who draws Doujins of the [[ShowWithinAShow popular]] MagicalGirl anime Mahou Shojo Biblion. And the thing she hates the most? Deadlines.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', Nagi is an aspiring artist and keeps trying to win the Rookie award for a magazine. However, her manga are completely nonsensical.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', Harumi Fujiyoshi specifically is a [[YaoiFanGirl Yaoi]] Doujin artist with an obsession with pairings. First seen drawing by hand but by season 2 she upgrades to digital.
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu'', Yuuki Rito's father Saibai is a professional manga artist who treats every page like a battle.
** Zastin, bodyguard of the alien princess Lala, becomes Saibai's assistant and decides he wants to become a professional mangaka himself. Lala's father, the emperor of the universe, doesn't appreciate this.
* There are a few mangaka characters in ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'', whose philosophizing about manga is a reflection of the author's own opinions.
* ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'''s entire premise is this.
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai La Verite'' episode 5. Ikuyo Suzuki reveals that she's a mangaka and takes the main characters to Comiket to sell her {{Doujinshi}}, which features a (fictional) relationship between the maids Yashima Sanae and Konoe Tsurugi.
* Sora Wakanae of ''Manga/FamilyCompo'' is a professional manga author. At least three story arcs revolve around his profession.
* Hiyori Tamura from ''Manga/LuckyStar'', who draws {{doujinshi}}.
* Aki Hinata in ''Manga/SgtFrog'' is a manga editor, and thus will often make reference to manga tropes, and uses the Keroro Platoon as inspiration for new manga.
* ''Manga/DoujinWork'' is about some girls trying (and failing) beeing succesfull as doujinshi artists.
* ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'' has 2 specific arcs about this as they attempt to complete Doujin for Comiket. Ogiue is specifically a Yaoi artist who makes her boyfriend an aspiring Editor edit it (Most definitively not a yaoi fan...)
* The protagonist of ''Manga/IAmAHero'' works as an assistant manga artist in the beginning of the series, though he strives to one day become a professional mangaka in his own right. These plans are interrupted by an ill-timed ZombieApocalypse, however.
* Hanasaki Sono in ''Sensitive Pornograph'' is an uke older than his partner. Oh, and the creator of delicate, lightly fanservicey girl manga.
* ''Manga/EvenAMonkeyCanDrawManga'' tells the tale of a loser aspiring to draw a successful manga. It's a parody of "How to draw manga" books, the Japanese comic industry, the conventions and cliches of manga, and generally very apt.
* The main character of ''Manga/{{Freesoul}}'', Keito, is an aspiring mangaka.
* The cast of ''Manga/TheComicArtistAndHisAssistants'' are all involved in manga production. Out of the recurring cast, Aito (also the main character), Tsurumeki and Meisei are manga artists; Sahoto and Rinna are artists' assistants, and Mihari and Minato are editors.
* Mashiro of ''LightNovel/ThePetGirlOfSakurasou'' switched from a classical painter to a mangaka after she moves to Japan, and has at least one series (''Nanohanasou'') serialized.
* ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'' has two: Umetaro Nozaki, the eponymous "Nozaki-kun," who writes under the PenName of Sakiko Yumeno; and Yukari Miyako, a college student writing under her own name. Both authors ShoujoGenre manga.
* ''Manga/YuruYuri'' has Kyoko, a doujinshi artist, who has been shown selling her doujinshi at [=ComuKet=], shanghaiing the rest of the Amusement Club or Ayano into helping her in the process.
* Rohan Kishibe of JoJosBizarreAdventure part 4 is a mangaka and his struggles as an artist are shown in his own spinoff chapters.

* Franchise/GreenLantern Kyle Rayner is a professional comic book artist and writer. If he's fighting alongside other Lanterns, this tends to be shown as influencing his style of combat.
* Steve Rogers (aka ComicBook/CaptainAmerica) is a professional illustrator and cartoonist, and at one time was the writer/artist for the in-universe Captain America comic book.
* Chuck Clayton, a friend of Archie Andrews of ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' fame, is a cartoonist. His greatest ambition is to become a comic book artist after he graduates from Riverdale High School.
* Scribbly, the main character in what would [[SpotlightStealingSquad later become]] the Golden Age ''ComicBook/RedTornado'' strips, was a young boy who wandered around his neighbourhood drawing cartoons of what was happening. In the later DC mythos, Scribbly went on to work for a newspaper as a cartoonist. Granted, the strip was meant to be semi-autobiographical...
* After Creator/AlanMoore retooled ''ComicBook/{{Supreme}}'' as a homage to ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', the Clark-Kent-equivalent character was a comic book artist, and the Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen equivalents were comic book writers.
* ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac, who started out as an AuthorAvatar (but was NOT actually meant to be Creator/JhonenVasquez), was once a talented artist now fallen to drawing the [[MindScrew deranged]] stick figure comics of [[TalkativeLoon Happy Noodle Boy]]. The worse Nny's mental condition [[CreatorBreakdown deteriorates]], the [[RealitySubtext less sense his comics make]]. Meanwhile, Nny's ex-girlfriend [[WeirdnessMagnet Devi]] gets a job painting illustrations for Nerve Publishing's books, which is an absolutely horrible place to work at that [[CorruptCorporateExecutive actively tries to break creativity]]. Naturally, the latter was written [[TakeThat when Vasquez was still working for]] {{Creator/Nickelodeon}}.

* In ''Film/SecondHandLions'' Walter grows up to be a comic strip artist, with a strip called "Walter and Jasmine", about a boy and his pet lion, which he based on his own experiences as a child.
* In ''Film/ChasingAmy'' (and ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack''), Holden [=McNeil=] and Banky Edwards are writers/artists for ''Bluntman and Chronic'' comic, Alyssa Jones is writer/artist for ''Idiosyncratic Routine'', and Hooper X produces the comic ''White Hatin' Coon''.
* In ''Film/FreddyGotFingered'', Tom Green plays a cartoonist named Gordon Brody.
* Michael Kellum of ''Film/ThreeMenAndABaby'' is a professional cartoonist. It is his artwork that decorates the hallway outside the apartment the three men share.

* Rerun van Pelt from ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', younger brother to Lucy and Linus, is an "underground cartoonist" who is apparently quite the subversive even though he's only in kindergarten.
** Also from ''Peanuts'', Charlie Brown has tried his hand at producing a strip. Nobody he shows it to ever likes it.
* Jon Arbuckle from ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' is officially a cartoonist, but he's [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything almost never shown doing his job]].
* The father in the somewhat-autobiographical family in ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus'' is a cartoonist.

* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "True Night" features a serial killer whose crimes seem to match up with the work of a comicbook artist.
* The ''Series/{{Bones}}'' episode "The Superhero in the Alley" features a teenager who draws his own comic books.
* Isaac Mendez of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' used his precognitive PsychicPowers to write and draw his comic book, 9th Wonders.
* Tim Bisley of ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' is writing and drawing a graphic novel... but never seems to get anywhere with it.
* ''Series/CarolineInTheCity'' focused around the life of cartoonist Caroline Duffy.

* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' centres around Gary, a comic and manga fan who is attempting to make a doujinshi with the help of Yuki, the daughter of a famous hentai artist.
* Arthur, Merlin and Nimue are all webcartoonists in the modern arc of ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace''.
* Sarah from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has at least two comic strips she's working on. One is entitled "[[HerCodenameWasMarySue The Wizard Sarah]]", and the other features a squirrel-boy named [[AuthorAvatar Dan]].
* ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' focuses on Art a Sequential Artist.
* ''Webcomic/HangInThereKogasaSan'' is an interesting example as all characters are replaced by {{Canon}} ones from VideoGame/{{Touhou}} and other franchises.