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Post #545619
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Archon Solon

8:59 pm, Apr 14 2012
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This poll from our member ChocoKun pits the author against the artist of a series (assuming that they're different people). Which one do you care about more?

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related):

Previous Poll Results:
Question: About extras, omake, and oneshots in a series...
Read them right away - votes: 7495 (61.4%)
Save for later - votes: 2607 (21.3%)
Skip - votes: 2112 (17.3%)
There were 12214 total votes.
The poll ended: April 14th 2012

I'm surprised that a good number of people skip reading the extras. I guess the main story only, eh? Reminds me of my roommate who played Mass Effect 1 only for the main story and skipped every single side quest.

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Post #545622
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9:18 pm, Apr 14 2012
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If you read / watch Bakuman, then you can conclude that the work of the artist is much heavier.... So I care about the artist more.

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Post #545623
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Becoming a Star!

9:25 pm, Apr 14 2012
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I'd say the artist because it somehow define the manga. Both are really important but the artist just has a slight edge for me. I'm a sucker for great art.

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✯ Sarcastic

9:26 pm, Apr 14 2012
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I think most people will say they care about the author more, because s/he has the storytelling abilities, but I care about the presentation, too, so they are both equally important to me, I think.

btw, it should be either '[. . .]author or artist of a series is [. . .],' or '[. . .] author and artist of a series are [. . .],' but I feel that the former is more appropriate, because it is a little confusing right now.

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Post #545625

9:31 pm, Apr 14 2012
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i care more about the author. art is a big part of manga and i love good art, but i love a good story even more. if a manga has bad art and a good story, i'd still read it biggrin

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Is a female

9:33 pm, Apr 14 2012
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Art is one of the main reasons why I like reading manga. When the art is superb, I'm usually in love, even if the story isn't amazing. While I do like a good story too, sometimes I just want to look at well drawn manga.

I find myself wanting to find out who the mangaka is when I see really well drawn manga more than when I read a really good story. If they have someone different working on the art, I'll click on that name first. If that artist has drawn more manga, hell I want to see them. I pray every time I click an artist that I like that they have more than one manga they're working on and that they've been translated/scanlated XD

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Post #545631
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9:49 pm, Apr 14 2012
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I can never understand those people that "read" a manga with a crappy story just because the artist draws better than most.

So yeah, the author is much more important to me.

Post #545632 - Reply to (#545631) by Perfect1
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10:12 pm, Apr 14 2012
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I can never understand those people that "read" a manga with a crappy story just because the artist draws better than most.

It's simple really. I consider manga a form of art.

When it comes to manga, I don't just read them, I look at them too.

Don't get me wrong, I love well written manga too, but I'm more likely to put up with a less decent story if the art is nice to look at rather than a well written story that makes my eyes bleed looking at it.
But hey, that's just me.

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Post #545634
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10:31 pm, Apr 14 2012
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They're both equally important to me, I don't continue reading series of great art but crappy story, and vice versa.

In the end I don't follow artists/authors blindly, so I chose the "doesn't matter option". I may like certain artists/authors but if the other component isn't up to par the series is still not worth continuing.

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Cheffing 4 life

10:45 pm, Apr 14 2012
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After thinking about it, there is one manga where I did not care that the art was bad because the story was that good. So I care more for the author. That manga was Angel densetsu for those wondering. eyes

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Post #545638
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11:21 pm, Apr 14 2012
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author i could read a manga with stick figures if the story was good enough or characters entertaining enough

Post #545644 - Reply to (#545632) by tactics

11:54 pm, Apr 14 2012
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Writing is also a form of art. Manga is a medium that includes both the visual and written arts. I think both are important to creating a good work. However, both are not always necessary to creating successful manga, which is a different thing from a good manga, as some popular works demonstrate.

When it comes to manga, I don't just look at it, I also read it. What I mean is if it's written badly then it doesn't matter how pretty it is the bad writing is going to be a turn off. I can forgive some mediocre art, if the story is really good. But hey, I'm picky that way.


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Manga Omnivore

12:40 am, Apr 15 2012
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it was a close call for me, first i was thinking artist, but i can read a story even if the art is bad aslong the story is good, however is the story bad and unintressting then i wont read it even if the art is awesome sauce.

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Post #545651 - Reply to (#545625) by Joseinen
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12:53 am, Apr 15 2012
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story has to be good... art can be subpar.

Post #545653
Stowaway in Life

12:58 am, Apr 15 2012
Posts: 35

I picked author, but art does play a major part in how I feel about a series simply because it's a part of story. They wouldn't have gone with a visual element if it weren't. That being said, I can stick with a manga that may not have excellent art. Whereas, if the story isn't compelling enough, I'm far more likely to not read it or drop it while in the middle of the series.

Though, I will admit that there have been the odd manga I've dropped because of art.

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