Manga / Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga

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. invoked
  • 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.