Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga
is a satirical
How-To series in manga
format by Koji Aihara and Kentaro Takekuma, originally published in the seinen
magazine Big Comic Spirits
in 1986 - 1988. Two of the three volumes have been translated by Viz.
This work provides examples of:
- Cliché: Every genre has its clichés pointed out as absolutely necessary components of a successful work.
- Cliché Storm: The book itself, and the manga you would produce if you followed its advice.
- Cynical Mentor: The advice given is more about making a quick buck in the manga industry than actually making good comics; "art" is practically a dirty word for the mentor character.
- Deconstructive Parody: Plays the advice (some of which is valid) totally seriously.
- Forced Meme: Creating a memorable catchphrase and associated pose is stated as an important aspect of making a gag manga.
- Framing Device: The book is presented as a wannabe manga artist receiving training from a more successful mentor.
- Satellite Character: Discussed in the chapter about boys' manga, with the hanger-on character illustrated as a literal satellite orbiting The Protagonist.
- Sequential Artist
- Stylistic Suck: The framing segments are idiosyncratically awful, while the genre sections parody the worst-possible clichés of the corresponding art styles.