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New Poll - Author vs. Artist
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.
Posted by lambchopsil on April 14th 8:59pm Comments ( 36 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]

» deadphoenix on April 14th, 2012, 2:18pm

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.


» mizaki2100 on April 14th, 2012, 2:25pm

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.


» Seijurou on April 14th, 2012, 2:26pm

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.


» Joseinen on April 14th, 2012, 2:31pm

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


» m64 on April 14th, 2012, 5:53pm


story has to be good... art can be subpar.


» tactics on April 14th, 2012, 2:33pm

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


» Perfect1 on April 14th, 2012, 2:49pm

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.


» tactics on April 14th, 2012, 3:12pm

Quote from Perfect1
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.


» MangaGhost on April 14th, 2012, 4:54pm

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.



» greydrak on April 14th, 2012, 3:31pm

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.


» RiK.dfs on April 14th, 2012, 7:05pm

I agree.
Greatly drawn, pathetic story.....wouldn't touch it.
Good story, looks like drawn by a monkey......wouldn't touch it.
The fact is that they need to match each other well. They both are what makes the series.


» RakShine on April 14th, 2012, 3:45pm

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


» leiyepewei on April 14th, 2012, 4:21pm

author i could read a manga with stick figures if the story was good enough or characters entertaining enough


» Banarok on April 14th, 2012, 5:40pm

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.


» Lulubella on April 14th, 2012, 5:58pm

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.


» GGpX on April 14th, 2012, 6:11pm

Depends, but the majority of the time it's the author.


» ChocoKun on April 14th, 2012, 6:53pm

I was really, really curious to know, but didn`t expect the vote to be split so close.

As for me... Author of Noblesse vs. Artist of Noblesse T^T TOO DIFFICULT!
But any other time the Author definitely wins, though I DO still judge a manga by its cover :/


» Nirhtuc on April 14th, 2012, 7:38pm

This poll brings up interesting points. If you think about it, there aren't many mangaka who are masters of both storytelling AND art- most mangaka tend to be good artists, but their stories are not exactly the best. Of course, art is probably more important to a media that is very visual like manga, but an absorbing story is always a plus! I think it's wonderful when a really good manga artist teams up with a fiction author to create premium-quality works- although this is probably harder for them to do and doesn't happen very often.


» Akillarian on April 14th, 2012, 8:00pm

It's hard to say. There is a story which I hate so soo much and then there is another story which I mostly like. I later realized they were written by the same authors but with different artists.

From that point on, I avoid anything written by that author but I may also tempted to try it if the artist for a future series is a favourite of mine.

I guess from my answer, I would care more about the author. Care more and remember more to avoid reading more of their stories.


» brid on April 14th, 2012, 8:32pm

The author, of course. The story is the basis of everything, without it is just pretty pictures. That can only take a manga so far.

Compare Death Note to Blue Dragon: Ral Ω Grado.

Not even OBATA Takeshi's art was enough to save Blue Dragon, which was a flaming turd of a manga. It's true his art only made Death Note into a better manga, but I think most of us who enjoyed it would have read Death Note no matter who illustrated it.


» Milleniummaster18 on April 14th, 2012, 8:59pm

Authors and artists, both of them matter.

In the end, though, the most obvious tie-breaker is the author, since we're talking about an illustrated story, not a storied illustration.

Author gets my vote.


» myrt on April 14th, 2012, 9:09pm

"Doesn't matter"

For me, I don't really care. So long, it has good plot (characters and content), and good enough drawings, I'm happy. But, then again, I haven't read many manga series with a different artist and author...


» BlackOrion on April 14th, 2012, 9:51pm

Don't really care, i will know if i like a manga after i read it.

I mean, look at Hiramoto Akira (both for the art and the story), you can't tell if you would like something just because of who's working on it.

only exception been that Naoki Urasawa is god.


» Alaena Night on April 14th, 2012, 10:01pm

Author, without a doubt. No matter how many pretty lines and sparkles and stunningly-detailed backgrounds you have, none of them matter if the story is a doddering failure. Art can be expressive—indeed, it can bring a good story to life and give it more impact than mere words might have had—but it needs the story before it can come to life. Art without story is a picture book, static and without direction. Story without art is a novel at worst and literature at best.

Good art helps a lot if one wants to bring an excellent story to the very pinnacle of excellence, and I don't want to underestimate the expressive abilities of art, but I still think the author is significantly more important.

I certainly don't have anything against eye candy/scenery porn/whatever—I'll take it when it's offered and love a good story even more for it—but I can adapt to strange or simple art styles for an excellent story (MIURA Noriko's works, for example). I can't ignore a stale, cliche-ridden story for pretty art, though.


» Badkarma on April 15th, 2012, 6:49am

Plot and the direction of the plot are undoubtedly important, but at the same time, this is manga. As tactics already pointed out, we look at AND read manga, and in my opinion, if the vessel for an author's story is inadequate, the work as a whole becomes unanimously lacking, to which the author might as well have written a novel.

I agree the author is important; I don't for a single second believe an author is any more important than the artist. That's practically a flagrant denial of what manga is.

I also feel the criteria of what constitutes "bad art" is completely subjective. My definition of "bad art" is art that doesn't express the mood or breathe life into the plot. People complain that the art of Usagi Drop is "bad"; I say it sets the tone for the plot perfectly, and expresses things better than some "technically better" art I've seen.

Comparatively, I'm not too fond of the art in Shikabane Hime, because I feel it woefully projects the intended mood. The drawings themselves are pretty good, I guess, but it just doesn't do anything for me as far as enhancing the plot. I don't know... I can't help but think the author's vision exceeds the limitations of his own ability to draw, creating discord. (Maybe it gets better, I only read to volume two.)

Better example might be Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, where the visually appealing novel art was used for the anime, but I feel the manga art is several times more expressive, despite being a "little sketchy". I dropped the anime, but I'm still reading the manga - both present me the same story. You be the judge: Manga - Anime

Uhh... I guess long story short, if anyone's only 'reading' manga, start looking at it too. Like a movie, half the plot is driven by what you see, and it's a HUGE slap in the face to the artist if anyone thinks only the author's feelings are what's being transposed in the plot. Just like writing the story itself, the ability to translate ideas into coherent pictures also requires a talent that can't be faked. Why would an author seek an artist in the first place?

Ohhh, don't get me wrong. Obviously the shitiest plot ever can't be saved by good art, like SWOT, Love Yume Mix or Nana Mix!, but excellent art can certainly make a mediocre plot like To-LOVE-Ru more appealing. Would YOU read TLR if it had Open Sesame's art? It's all relative, and frankly, shitty plots are probably easier to get past most editors, who are in all likelihood looking for raw drawing talent first and an award-winning plot second.


» phae2y on April 16th, 2012, 2:10am

this x1000
where is the 'like' button...


» sarah-eats-cupcakes on April 15th, 2012, 7:08am

i dont care about the art AT ALL, i have no trouble reading a manga with "crappy" art as long as the story is good(e.g. river's edge)
i would appreciate it if the art is nice but when i look for manga to read, pretty art is not a requirement and i definitely wouldnt drop a manga with a good plot for the art


» naikan on April 15th, 2012, 8:22am

For me, the author and the artist are equally important. I chose "doesn't matter", but not because I don't care about them, but because in many cases although the author dictates the general storyline, the artist has chosen to partner with that author for a specific reason. If I love a collaboration between an author and artist, I generally love other works by the author and other works by the artist.


» CuthienSilmeriel on April 16th, 2012, 5:39am

I wouldn't choose not to read a manga because I disliked a previous work, but I will choose to read a manga based on plot, not art. I appreciate good art, but I don't let 'bad' art put me off a good story. banana fish is my favourite manga, and its art is criticised (though personally I like that everyone looks different and isn't a bishie). The plot is amazing enough that the art doesn't matter. I've never read a manga where the art is amazing enough that the plot doesn't matter.

Ultimately I care more about the author, but this is within reason of course, manga is a visual story afterall, and an art style which fails to set the scene, the mood, the emotions, is ultimately going to be a lacklustre and confusing read. I suppose it comes down to your definition of art. To me, at doesn;t have to be beautiful to be good, but it does need to convey it's meaning and message to me without the need for words.

Maybe there should be a "Both should be good" option.


» Seijurou on April 16th, 2012, 7:29am

Good artwork can make a manga great, but well-written stories may make it epic.


» Unknown on April 19th, 2012, 2:36pm

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» trunks84 on April 16th, 2012, 12:24pm

Great art = surplus. Good story = necessity.


» maine12329 on April 17th, 2012, 7:14am

I keep watching the results between author/artist options jump from one ahead of another, and then get reversed. haha, I'm so excited to see the final results next week.

Personally a fan of authors though smile Most mangaka are both the artist and the author. But I've seen a number of artist-author mangakas become the artist for another author's work, and the content is so dry that I'm disappointed so far... not to say that all of these works are bad (just a generalisation)


» licorice on April 17th, 2012, 11:17am

Most extras are terrible in my opinion. Some are also less than 15 pages. I read very, very few and the mangaka has nothing to do with it.


» mattai on April 17th, 2012, 4:19pm

Since the poll asks which I find more important, I'd definitely say author.

The artist's importance goes up and down depending on the genres involved, but when it comes down to it, I'm far more likely to go looking for new manga through the author's list of completed works than the artist's.

Also, I'd much rather read a book than look at a long sequence of images with no text or storyline.


» Unknown on April 19th, 2012, 2:39pm

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» melon-ramune-freak on April 17th, 2012, 5:01pm


Because anyone can become good at drawing if they put a lot of time and effort into it. However, it takes real talent to spin a good story.


» sighing on April 18th, 2012, 10:27am

None... Because I like to pick my manga randomly as much as i like looking after things from Authors and Artists which I love... so yea, white it is.

The thing is that I like picking randomly series by their names then deciding which I'll read. Then, when I love a manga's story or Art or even just the way of associating those two, I just can't help looking after other series done by the same Author-Artist or collab.


» BlackOrion on April 18th, 2012, 11:40pm

I think a lot of people are missing the point by trying to go with the "Art doesn't matter as long as the story is good" boat. (try and read BadKarma Post, is worth a read)

I particularly think that what makes art in a manga good is the dynamic, i get way into the story, so much that i'm don't even notice that i'm reading or following pictures, they just move for me... but when suddenly they stop it's because the art is not letting the story flow, you see two pictures and no a story (or at least that's what i feel), so if they are not moving and i'm just reading something and looking to some related pictures i could had picked a light novel and it would had been the same.

Like that a lot of people might have (with out even noticing) something that they seek in the art of a manga, regardless of how pretty it might be.

I still stand with the "Doesn't matter" tough, just because i read a previous work of both artist and author and liked it, it doesn't mean i'm going to love all the things they do, it depends on each particular manga, so i won't pay attention to who made it before i finish reading it.


» HitsujinoHon on April 19th, 2012, 2:30pm

Do I even need to mention that numerous people criticize One Piece and Naruto for their art?!

Then why are they among the BIG 3?

Enough said.

Quote from Seijurou
Good artwork can make a manga great, but well-written stories may make it epic.

This x100000000000000.

There's a reason people hate/dislike manga with really good art but cliché plot/storyline.

Quote from mattai
Since the poll asks which I find more important, I'd definitely say author.

The artist's importance goes up and down depending on the genres involved, but when it comes down to it, I'm far more likely to go looking for new manga through the author's list of completed works than the artist's.

Also, I'd much rather read a book than look at a long sequence of images with no text or storyline.

Reading a Good Novel is way better than going through a CG Set.


» BlackOrion on April 19th, 2012, 4:06pm

Quote from HitsujinoHon
Do I even need to mention that numerous people criticize One Piece and Naruto for their art?!

Then why are they among the BIG 3?

Enough said.

If people criticize the art of One Piece then they are quite out of their mind, the style fits the story amazingly well and the dynamic is so much that you feel you are watching a film rather than reading, and that's something that you get after drawing almost a thousand chapters of manga, calling it bad is, in my opinion, ridiculous.


» Unknown on April 20th, 2012, 7:36am

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