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New Poll - Color Battle
This week's poll is from our member Ortegach. We did a similar poll about 3.5 years ago, but the difference now is that we have many more webcomics in existence. Perhaps the answers will change now! Color? Or black and white?

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

Previous Poll Results:
Question: If the/a main character is supposed to die in the series, when would you like it to happen?
Already dead when the series starts - votes: 3188 (27.4%)
Dead in the first few chapters - votes: 1701 (14.6%)
Midway through the series - votes: 2356 (20.2%)
Right at the end - votes: 4407 (37.8%)
There were 11652 total votes.
The poll ended: May 25th 2013

The climatic battle in the last chapter where the hero sacrifices himself to save the world
Posted by lambchopsil on May 25th 7:24am Comments ( 26 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]

» -shiratori- on May 25th, 2013, 12:31am

Black and white is fine for me. Mangas can be colorful without being colored. That's their magic.


» vishavs on May 25th, 2013, 12:50am

No, they don't need to be colored as long as the panels are well drawn and include enough distinctions on the characters so as to not confuse the readers as this has personally caused many a headache trying to decipher a dialogues context. I'm not even sure I have seen a colored manga that wasn't an eyesore at all, often the artist might have a 1-2 page cover which is fine but it has made me thrice shocked to see some surprising hair colors. Letting the readers decide the colors makes it more ad-lib in terms of uniqueness of interpretation. Moreover, mechanically, once an artist starts entering the realm of coloring you get the need for more complex shading/shadowing which puts more load on the artist. Formats such as webtoons excel in this field because it's pretty much integrated with computers and that's how it should be. Mangas are meant for print and color is not only more costly it is harder to pull off.


» holy`bell on May 25th, 2013, 1:00am

I prefer a manga to be in black and white. I'm used to it that way. On the other hand, it would not hurt either to have it in colour so long as the colours aren't very glaring.


» Identity Crisis on May 25th, 2013, 4:31am

Quote from holy`bell
I prefer a manga to be in black and white. I'm used to it that way. On the other hand, it would not hurt either to have it in colour so long as the colours aren't very glaring.

This. Hard to imagine a full series in color, but as long as it's toned down, it should be fine.


» forgottenone666 on May 25th, 2013, 1:00am

I would personally prefer manga to be in color. Color adds a lot of life to art and every time a manga I read has a color page it makes it that much more amazing. I don't really see too many downsides to adding color to be honest aside from costs. If webcomics can have color I don't see why manga isn't capable of doing it.

There are already quite a few manga that are full color and it takes nothing away from the experience. I'm fine with black and white manga but I do have to admit color would add more depth. Plus it gets pretty annoying when you imagine certain colors on clothing and hair only to find out it's a different color than what you imagined when you see a color page.


» MatrixM on May 25th, 2013, 1:05am

Color is of course better in general but some manga really benefit by being in black and white. It just matches the atmosphere and such. Urasawa's mystery stuff, for example. (Though I'm guessing the anime of Monster was in colour and people still loved that so perhaps I'm wrong).


» quark1020 on May 25th, 2013, 1:11am

Black and white

First, its interesting what effects the artist can do with just the two colors, and in some scenes, black and white ads to the effect.

Second, its cheaper to print. I love how much story and content I get from a nice, $10 manga volume compared to 2 or 3 issues of an American comic for the same value.


» 0oKat~0 on May 25th, 2013, 4:41am

Anything with color costs more. So, black and white for me.


» forror on May 25th, 2013, 5:44am

Black and white, but I do like the use of colours in the works of Nakamura Asumiko - not a full colour spread, but more of an accent. Or a muted palette, watercolour style.


» MitzumiKare on May 25th, 2013, 9:59am

I prefer color only if the mangaka has some coloring skill. Some artists just can't color well and have no idea that contrast colors are not meant to go together all the time. >_< I have seen some horrible color pages in my time and some equally as bad black and white ones but if you give me a full color manga [or webcomic] by someone who knows something about color, then you have a fan for life.


» Cloverpaw on May 25th, 2013, 10:34am

I usually like to read manga in black and white. It makes the colored pages seem more special to me.


» sparda3011 on May 25th, 2013, 5:01pm

Color would be nice, but would slow down the process, which would mean shorter or less chapters. There's always the option of handing color over to a dedicated colorist like in American comics, but poor coloring can actually hurt the artwork. So keeping it black and white is probably the best option for speed and quality.


» switchgear on May 25th, 2013, 5:18pm

I know why it is black and white and because of that I don't mind it, but I would like at least the first couple of pages and at least the panel where a new character (that is important to the story) is coloured especially in manga where the characters have abnormal coloured hair and eyes.

I hate going through a manga where the character has what looks like white hair or blonde hair and then they get on a colour title page thirty chapters later and have pink hair and there is no reference to them having pink hair in the manga.


» Banarok on May 25th, 2013, 6:28pm

oh they would undoubtedly be "better" in colour, however time and costwise it's not worth it. I prefer getting 20 pages to 6 anyday, and black and white is still great.

so i took colour, since i think manga would be better and thats what the poll asked, but i do think that making manga in colour is not worth it.


» PinkShippuden on May 25th, 2013, 8:18pm

although colour adds impact to a picture, this is a manga.
When i draw my own sketches (not manga), i make another copy, add colour, but in the end it took to much time and the picture didn't have the fine details afterwards...(this is usually the case)
anyways, in my opinion, a black and white image can be just as good as a coloured image.
Colouring the picture just takes too much time, probably just have a color page like, once every few chapters or something. just like always eyes
But, sometimes colouring the page in manga ruins the picture, though that actually depends on the artist's drawing style (eg. Minami Kanan, her coloured pictures aren't that great i gotta say....)

EDIT: I still like reading webtoons in color though, since i'm used to it....


» mysstris on May 25th, 2013, 8:54pm

If a manga is originally in black and white, then an occasional color spread for the cover page or first few pages will be a treat

If a manga is originally in color, it'd be weird if it was suddenly black and white. (usually webcomics are in color so it'd be weird if its black and white)

So for me, no real preference. I'm not a huge fan of fans coloring mangas though b/c the lines for a black and white manga are there for a purpose and when a fan just colors them, they soften the lines and it just looks weird since it may not be the colors that the mangaka would choose.


» lynira on May 25th, 2013, 9:28pm

I prefer black and white pages (even ignoring the fact that they're cheaper). It's mostly because I just like the feeling of black and white--I think that it has a lot of charm to it and sort of a classy and reserved feel.

Another reason is to avoid one of the maladies that afflicts anime. One of the many things I dislike about anime is how the line-art is far too often filled in with very large patches of single, solid colors (looks sort of like paint-by-numbers, because there are just solid colors and so little detail). This has a cartoonish and corny look, so there's no way I can take the series seriously. The lazier the animators are, the larger the single-color areas get (less detail), and the more cartoony it looks. Keeping color out of manga pages helps avoid this--mangaka trying to make stuff cheap/fast resort to this method, and adding color makes it so noticeable and obvious that it would ruin their entire manga for me, even if the line-art and story were good. In black and white, even if the mangaka gets lazy and there are large areas of a single "color," I don't find it to be nearly as noticeable and I don't get that cartoonish, corny feeling when I look at it.

One last reason: Of course I like beautifully colored, well-done artwork, but if the pages of the manga are all colored (especially if there are bright colors), it is kind of distracting for me. A beautiful colored picture makes me want to stop and look at it, and if I'm doing that, I lose focus on the story.


» Bronia on May 25th, 2013, 9:43pm

I accidentally clicked the wrong option :'l
I've read a few webtoons that are coloured at varying qualities (IE; Friendly Winter vs Story of Someone We Know) and I really did like the colours. They enhanced the experience because they accented the style and genre of the webtoons.

I prefer black and white, however. It's just more "manga" to me (flakey way to put it, I know)


» cocoteroah on May 26th, 2013, 7:40pm

i dont like colours mangas... they dont get too much into the details and art is quite awfull sometime... and they hurry too much in history too


» sallyen on May 27th, 2013, 1:51am

I prefer black and white because the art can be very detailed or simple. Even if it's black and white I can imagine all the colors I want. It's all in the head ^.^


» otakuness on May 27th, 2013, 3:16am

black and white is its identity, i like traditional stuff biggrin when i think color i immediately think western comics or webcomic.. but colors sure are purdeeh smile


» tactics on May 27th, 2013, 4:28am

Yeah I prefer it black and white. Colour is nice once in a while, but a full colour manga feels strange to read. Having said that, if manga was always in colour, it wouldn't feel strange. It's only because black and white is what I'm used to, and I associate it with manga.
I'd probably get used to it if it turned into full colour. But yeah, black and white is just fine.


» bonifide on May 27th, 2013, 4:44am

I prefer color now. Well especially if its a manhua people talk about detail i guess none of them read some manhuas. They have more detail than a lot of manga and the art work is good. I read manga, manhau, and manhwa. I guess when people think about color they probably thinking about manhwa webcomics. Now they lack a lot of detail.


» frodfy on May 28th, 2013, 11:13am

Does anyone know what was the result on the poll 3.5 years ago?

I like black and white art better. But I've seen some pretty amazing coloured ones.


» lambchopsil on May 28th, 2013, 1:03pm


» frodfy on June 7th, 2013, 9:43pm

thanks smile


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