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1[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/comicgirls.jpg]] ²[[caption-width-right:350:Let's Draw!]]²²''Comic Girls'' (こみっくがーるず, ''Komikku Gāruzu'') is a [[{{Yonkoma}} 4koma]] manga by Kaori Hanzawa that began running in May 2014. It follows Kaoruko Moeta, a manga artist who creates 4-koma manga. When her work is met with overwhelmingly negative reception, her editor arranges for her to live in a dormitory with other aspiring manga artists. Kaoruko meets a variety of individuals on her arrival, including {{shoujo}} manga artist Koyume Koizuka, {{shounen}} manga artist Tsubasa Katsuki, and Ruki Irokawa, who specialises in Teens Love, a more mature {{shoujo}} subgenre. Together, the girls strive to improve their craft, all the while helping one another overcome the trials and tribulations associated with working in the manga industry. Along the way, Kaoruko befriends her roommates and meets the other tenements in their dormitory.²²Serialised in ''[[Magazine/MangaTimeKirara Manga Time Kirara Max]]'', ''Comic Girls'' received an anime adaptation that aired during Spring 2018. The anime adaptation, produced by Nexus, is directed by Yoshinobu Tokumoto, with characters designed by Keiko Saito and music by Kenichiro Suehiro.²²Compare with ''Manga/HidamariSketch'', also a {{Moe}} SliceOfLife about artists.²²----²!!''Comic Girls'' provides examples of:²* AsleepInClass: {{Justified|trope}} as the cast often have to pull all-nighters to fulfill their deadlines. Ruki does this in the fourth episode and Tsubasa in the sixth. The latter case is an plot point as a proper introduction to Nijino, who turns out to be a ClosetGeek.²* BadassCape: The protagonist of Tsubasa's manga wears it, and Tsubasa also wears it when she cosplays as him.²* BeachEpisode: The girls go to the beach in Episode 5.²* BlandNameProduct: ²** The girls' publisher Bunhousha comes from the manga's publisher Houbunsha.²** Kaoruko brings with her a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wacom_(company)#Cintiq_and_Cintiq_Pro Rintiq]] tablet.²** In the fourth episode, Kaoruko teaches Ruki to use Comic Stadium. It comes from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clip_Studio_Paint Clip Studio Paint]]'s predecessor, Comic Studio.²* BookEnds: Episode 3 begins with Kaos' editor critiquing her gourmet manga idea, and pointing out all the ways it falls flat. It ends with Kaos submitting a similar storyboard- her editor notes that she's made some improvements, but ultimately rejects it.²* CompanyCrossReferences: A small one, but during the beach trip in the fifth episode, Koyume ends up hanging out with some of the ''Manga/WakabaGirl'' cast. ''Wakabi Girl'' is another ''Magazine/MangaTimeKirara'' series animated by Creator/{{Nexus}}.²* ContrivedCoincidence: In episode 7, Nijino takes a trip to Akihabara and goes to an eyeglass shop, despite having perfect eyesight, to find glasses that make her look more like a teacher. By an amazing coincidence, it's the exact same moment Kaoruko traveled to Akihabara to get her own pair of glasses for largely cosmetic reasons. Kaoruko was determined by the optometrist to actually require some correction, however.²* CuteKitten: Kaoruko's cat Nyaos. Especially after Ririko makes her a little beret.²* DoItYourselfThemeTune: The opening and ending themes are sung by the voice actresses of the four main characters.²* EyepatchOfPower: Like the BadassCape, the protagonist of Tsubasa's manga wears it, and Tsubasa also wears it when she cosplays as him.²* FantasyForbiddingMother: Tsubasa's mother. She would prefer Tsubasa to [[TheOjou live like her class]] and work in the family business eventually. Tsubasa is a tomboyish SequentialArtist, something her mother is not very fond of.²* FictionalDocument: Justified as this series is about {{Sequential Artist}}s:²** Tsubasa's dark fantasy manga ''The Dark Hero's Revenge Story''.²** Ruki's Teens Love manga ''Scuffling Wildly Rendezvous''.²* HarshWordImpact: Kaoruko has one in the first episode when Ruki mistook her for an elementary school student.²* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: In the anime, each episode title is a spoken line in the same episode.²* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: Kaos' mother first appears in the last episode of the anime.²* LoopholeAbuse: In the seventeenth chapter, Kaoruko attempts to adopt a white stray cat that acts like her. However, the dormitory forbids its tenants from owning pets. Ririko, noticing [[FragileFlower Kaoruko]] badly needs a comfort animal, decided let let the cat in as long as it sleeps in her room--the rules does not say the ''housemother'' can't keep pets.[[note]]This part is not adapted in the anime, where the dormitory is implied to allow pets.[[/note]]²* MoodWhiplash²** In Episode 4, Ruki notes that she doesn't have a right to worry about how her upcoming autograph session will go when Tsubasa, who keeps her gender a secret, can't go to anything like that. Before long, she gets distracted by what Tsubasa's drawing.²** During Episode 5, Tsubasa engages in some quasi-philosophical musing as the sun sets on the beach... then casually points out that Ruki's sketchbook is washing away, causing Ruki to freak out.²** Early on in Episode 8, Kaos begins to despair after her latest manuscript gets rejected again, which is played more seriously than usual. Her friends comfort her... then suddenly begin talking about their various "disgraces" in a fairly comedic manner²* TheNamesake: It's shown as [[FictionalDocument the title of]] [[spoiler:Kaos' first approved manuscript]] in Episode 11.²* NotWhatItLooksLike: In the third episode, when Kaoruko goes to join Koyume and Ruki's sketching session, she overhears Koyume panting and says she "can't do that," while Ruki told Koyume the latter "can do this" while pushing Koyume on the bed, in what looks like the two starting to have sex. Kaoruko turns bright red and falls down in shock, while the other two girls come out to explain they are just posing for a sketch.²* OneDegreeOfSeparation: Amizawa, Kaos's editor, Hanazono, the {{landlady}}, and Nijino, Kaos's homeroom teacher, turn out to be high school classmates and join the same JapaneseSchoolClub.²* OnlySixFaces: In the eighth episode, two of the cast fell foul of this trope:²** Kaoruko's storyboard is rejected by Amizawa partly because of this trope- the high school girls look too much like each other and don't even look like high schoolers.²** Both {{Love Interest}}s in Koyume's manga are based on [[{{Bifauxnen}} Tsubasa]]²* PeripheryDemographic: Both InUniverse examples.²** Kaoruko's favourite manga genre is SchoolgirlSeries, which is mainly written for [[{{seinen}} twenty-something males]], not a {{Joshikousei}}.²** [[spoiler:Nijino-sensei,]] a female teacher, is a fan of Tsubasa's {{shonen}} manga, in a YaoiFangirl way.²* PhotographicBackground: Par for the SliceOfLife course, but especially obvious in episode 7 where all the eyeglass store backgrounds are obviously photographs with a light Photoshop filter over them (probably because hundreds of pairs of eyeglasses are too complicated to paint over convincingly). The animated characters stick out like a ConspicuouslyLightPatch.²* PornStash: In the first episode, after knowing Ruki draws mature material, Koyume and Kaoruko attempts to find one of these under her bed, reasoning that she needs one to write her stories. [[SubvertedTrope Ruki doesn't have any]].²* PoseOfSupplication: Kaoruko falls into this when she heard that her manga is very poorly received.²* ProductPlacement: Several stores sponsored this series to have their stores featured in the anime.²** The Animate chain sponsors throughout the series, in particular the second, third and seventh episodes.²** The second episode is also sponsored by the art supply store chain Sekaido, whose flagship store is visited by the girls.²** Megane Ichiba, an optical chain, sponsored the seventh episode, when Kaoruko goes to shop for glasses.²* PuniPlush: Kaoruko's art is deeply steeped in this style.²* RealPlaceBackground: ²** Kaoruko comes from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirakawa,_Fukushima Shirakawa, Fukushima prefecture]].²** As a result of ProductPlacement, the art supplies shop the cast goes to in the second episode is Sekaido's flagship store in Shinjuku, which is well-known among mangaka in Tokyo.²* SchoolgirlSeries: Kaoruko, Koizuka, Katsuki and Irokawa are high school students who are also manga artists.²* SequentialArtist: The series focuses on a group of high school girls who are themselves manga artists.²* SkinshipGrope: ²** After wondering where Ruki gets her ideas from for her Teens Love manga, Koyume's curiosity gets the better of her, and she feels up Ruki, only to learn that Ruki is smaller than expected.²** When Tsubasa says she doesn't mind turning into a boy in the first episode, Ruki says they won't be able to do this if Tsubasa ''really'' turned into a boy.²* SliceOfLife: ''Comic Girls'' depicts the everyday lives of a group of young manga artists as they work towards improving their craft.²* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: After Kaoruko mentions she likes looking at figures of the CoolBigSis type in the tenth chapter adopted as the second part of the seventh episode, she denied having attempted to look at Ruki's panties. This leads to the rest of the cast to confirm she does this to all the figures she owns.²* ToastOfTardiness: Koyume {{invoke|dtrope}}s this in the second episode. She's not really late, but she plays this trope just because she ThinksLikeARomanceNovel.²* TohokuRegionalAccent: {{Subverted|trope}}. While Kaoruko and Fuura are both from the Tohoku region, they both speak standard Japanese. The reason is they are both {{friendless|background}}, so most of their language are influenced by the media. Kaoruko even says her peers with more friends do have a thicker Tohoku accent than she does.²* UncattyResemblance: All the main cast notice one thing in the second episode: Kaoruko and Nyaos are both [[ShrinkingViolet social phobic]] and have nearly synchronized emotions. They two characters are even played by the same voice actress, Hikaru Akao.²* WeWillNotUsePhotoshopInTheFuture: As Tsubasa returns to her FictionFiveHundred home in the tenth episode, [[HopelessWithTech Ruki]] manipulated some pictures to look like Tsubasa still acts like TheOjou while at the dorm. The "manupulation" were no more than hand scribbles over a photograph.²* WhamLine: In Episode 8, Mayu, Miharu and Ririka are out drinking, discussing their past and Kaos' struggles as a manga artist, when Ririka suddenly brings up a somewhat surprising tidbit.²-->'''Ririka''': That's why I'm so worried about the dorms being torn down.²** Althought it was hinted in episode 1. Kaos was 'last to arrive' because there would be renovations that year.²* {{Yonkoma}}: Enforced by being in ''Manga Time Kirara Max''.

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