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New Poll - Manga vs Others
This week's poll is from Hatez17. It's sort of an unfair question (in my mind), and the audience for MU will probably skew some of the results. And yes, some of the choices kind of overlap (especially the webcomic choice), but deal with it. We've had sort of similar post polls, but this is the first to explicitly pit the different types against each other.

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

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Do you think manga would be better as color or black and white?
Color - votes: 2690 (18.7%)
Black and white - votes: 7599 (52.8%)
No preference - votes: 4113 (28.6%)
There were 14402 total votes.
The poll ended: June 1st 2013

Huh, black and white still reigns as king. I guess the rise of webcomics hasn't yet influenced the masses toward wanting more color.
Posted by lambchopsil on June 1st 8:30am Comments ( 33 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]

» illya_ on June 1st, 2013, 1:53am

Cant say I prefer Manga over Manhwa (and/or Manhua), But there are more Manga out there, so ofc I have found more Manga that I've enjoyed.

I tend to dislike Western comics... but every now and then you find a gem smile

Also: I have no idea what an OEL is no


» strixflash on June 1st, 2013, 2:01am

It's an unfair poll as many people hardly give a chance to webcomics. Over the years both manhua and manhwa have evolved especially in art. It's a pity may people don't give them a chance or form a biased relationship thanks to few low quality works.

Also: I have no idea what an OEL is no

OEL = Original English-language manga.


» Vu2010 on June 1st, 2013, 4:23am

Manhwa and manhua is shit deal with it


» deadphoenix on June 1st, 2013, 5:22am

So you've got bad luck with finding any good ones, I guess you've never checked the database properly. For manhua (yeah, it's a rarity, I've only found one.), but for manwha, their even are some in the top fifty. The modern form of manwha that are released as (manwha) web comics, score even better sometimes than most manga on mangaupdates. Even the first place is taken by one of them, and a second one is going in the direction of the top ten.


» Vu2010 on June 1st, 2013, 5:40am

Yeah deviantart shit and shounen shit , so much better dude . score even better , lol by what ? user vote ?


» yarn on June 1st, 2013, 7:38am

That's because the talented Korean artists end up doing manga for Japanese audiences. You may read a lot of "manhwa" without realizing it biggrin (Until Death Do Us Part? Area D?) Basically, their work gets siphoned off to the popular markets (i.e., Japan), and then all that's left to do proper manhwa are the bad artists.


» kihi on June 1st, 2013, 10:16am

Whaat UDDUP manhwa?!!


» MatrixM on June 1st, 2013, 10:02pm

The Breaker
Feng Shen Ji

That's just two but it's all I need to prove that statement wrong.


» Vu2010 on June 2nd, 2013, 8:09am

Whoa shounen and edgy shit , thank you


» RandomUser on June 1st, 2013, 2:25am

shy I don't even know the difference between them.


» Smillo on June 1st, 2013, 4:26am

I don`t have a Preverence, what matters is if the story and art are good, or better, to my liking smile wink grin


» NightSwan on June 1st, 2013, 4:47am

Manga all the way.
Also, for the previous poll, definitely b&w with some first colored pages.
Makes it special that way.

Manhwa is generally too melodramatic for me (also, the names...), and I don't read manhua.
I've read exactly one OEL that I found interesting.
I'm not into the format webcomics use, so it's hard for me to get into them.
And they're mostly manhwa or manhua, which I don't especially like.
Western comics - American comics are too... American.
I do like French comics, but unfortunately can't read them unless translated.

As for the comments like "I don't know what these are..." read the FAQ or google.


» deadphoenix on June 1st, 2013, 5:00am

Not the right question to ask on Mangaupdates, off course most people would chose manga as they come for manga over here. none


» howling moon on June 1st, 2013, 5:21am

I would really like to choose both manga and webtoon since there is quite a number of webtoons I really like. But with so much more (sometimes great, sometimes really crappy) manga out there I chose manga this time...-_-;;
I'd like to have a second option...
For the last poll: I just think the quality of manga would drop if they'd do them full-color since the mangaka would have fewer time to think about plot and their drawings if they also have to concentrate on how to color the whole thing...


» Sapphiresky on June 1st, 2013, 5:52am

I don't have a huge preference between Manga, Manhwa, or manga style Manhua (as opposed to Chinese full color comics which have their own unique style). I guess my knowledge of Japanese puts manga at an advantage though. This category is probably my favorite.

The full color Chinese comics (not sure if there's a specific name for them) are typically gorgeous in art style but I don't care as much for storytelling style and the typical stories I've seen in those comics.

Webcomics are kinda nice, I do really like full color, but i don't know, sometimes i feel like they're lacking something, can't say what.

There have been a couple of Western comics I've really enjoyed, like Sandman or Umbrella Academy but as a whole i don't really care for them as much.


» 0oKat~0 on June 1st, 2013, 6:34am

Anything that has a good plot that suits my taste for that particular moment.


» Wyllia on June 1st, 2013, 7:04am

I couldn't care less what type it is as long as I like it and I have found some I like from all the types, but western comics have a tendency of being too cheesy and American or just generally crap.


» yarn on June 1st, 2013, 7:42am

Of course b&w is most popular! That's what we've gotten used to with manga, and I prefer it in general because I think the pure value scheme is best for telling the story. Full color is great for a special page or cover. But I don't want the whole story to be color any more than I want to read a book with multi-colored text. Just too distracting.

lol, I didn't even vote in the poll. It's pretty obvious which one pretty much everyone will choose.


» sparda3011 on June 1st, 2013, 8:20am

Wow, 0% for OEL at the moment. Although I suppose the "No Preference" audience might read it. I can't really get behind OEL because more often than not they're just shallow clones of conventional manga stories. I might just be being too harsh or perhaps I just haven't read a good example of OEL.

Regarding some of the other options, I'm willing to read Manhwa if the story interests me but often they don't. I'm kind of interested in western comics, but getting into the whole world seems too daunting. I've tried reading some Trade Paperbacks which typically have self contained stories, so in those cases there's really no need to worry about what came before and just enjoy the story.


» sophie0 on June 1st, 2013, 8:36am

I prefer manga at the moment. Before I started reading manga I read a lot of American comics - superhero comics mostly, but Vertigo and similar stuff as well. There are some good ones out there, but right now I am not really interested in American comics. A lot of it has to do with the fact that in a lot of cases, women aren't taken seriously as an audience, and I found manga really refreshing in that regard. You don't know how nice fanservice can be until you're the kind of fan being serviced. Also, there's such a huge variety out there. I think I cried when I found out about cooking manga. (I wish I was kidding, but I really love to cook and bake, so.)

One of my colleagues reads a lot of graphic novels these days, both from European and American artists, but one thing that bothers me about that genre is its self-consciousness. Often, it feels to me like the artists are trying too hard to proof that comics can be art, too. I know it's a cultural difference, too, in how comics are perceived etc., but one of the things I like about manga is that it never feels to me like the artist has to proof anything about the medium. And - this is connected to last weeks' question - one of the reasons I always hesistated to start reading manga was the fact that it was in black and white. But these days I really prefer black and white, with the occasional colour page treat.


» redlinks on June 1st, 2013, 9:42am

There have been quite a few western comics that I used to read as a kid and I do enjoy reading those still from time to time but now, I mostly prefer manga.


» kaloo on June 1st, 2013, 12:45pm

If Manhwa wasn't on the list I probably would've went with Western Comics. I mean I have lots of them. I mean I have a fair amount of Manga too but I just like Comics in general really. I've just been really into the Naver webtoons and stuff lately though so Manhwa wins for me on this pool.


» That3rdGuy on June 1st, 2013, 4:57pm

What?! Manga has a huge majority over all others?! I never would have guessed that on a manga release site! Incredible!

Out of all the idiotic polls this site puts up, this one takes the cake. Did anyone expect any of the other choices besides "no preference" to make it up to even 10%? They really are running out of ideas. This is just stupid. It's obvious what the outcome will be w/out seeing the results. no


» Cherelle Ashlee on June 1st, 2013, 8:28pm

For me, it's a tie between manga and webcomics. I just lovee colored art :3


» alexdhamp on June 2nd, 2013, 3:56am

I can't really decide between the Eastern ones(manga, manhwa, or manhua)...they're all pretty good. No so crazy for Western as they seem so dominated by superhero genres...though there's a few very good exceptions, "The Walking Dead" being one of the best ones. If Western books did it more like that or more slice of life-ish like manga do, I'd be more willing to read them(or perhaps revealed more of the superheroes' everyday lives and not just when they donned their masks).


» aagcnet on June 2nd, 2013, 7:35am

The only american webcomic i liked was megatokyo but it went to hell when they published their 1st vol, but i think i like many of the web comics from korea, i dont know any webcomic from jap tho. With manhwa we have a problema with the poll many are webcomics... With western comics well... the fact that u have to get 10 diferent magazines to read one plot kind of sucks (DC, marvel) if only they had the same artista but Reading a plot drawn for 10 guys kind of mess my head, OEL is stuff like avatar i bet and if i ever see one i may like it.


» pyonk on June 2nd, 2013, 8:47am

I think the result of this manga poll is obvious, but i want to know how many ppl vote for webcomics. It seems webcomics is rising star lately, given there are a lot of webcomics releases, there must be a lot of audience too.
Frankly I have avoided it for quite long time coz I found it hard to follow (lack of detail drawing, i dont like that) but last month I give it a try, and luckily I got a really good one series in my first attempt and now its one of my fav (Noblesse).

I never read OEL before and I dont know where to read it. It's not that i wont give it a try if there is a good recommended one.


» caitnap on June 3rd, 2013, 11:56pm

I vote for manga, but I read webcomic and love it too
"Tower of God" is highly recommended, I,myself like it better than noblesse in term of plot.
That last game with Quant is impressive, I am stunned at the level of twist in there.
give me shiver there. From that moment, ToG is one of my top read.


» Sari90 on June 2nd, 2013, 10:18am

Had to choose "No preference" because I like manga, manhwa, and webcomics.


» Highway-STAR on June 3rd, 2013, 2:10pm

I mostly enjoy all, but Western comics definetely come out on top - especially when 'Western' encompasses American, European and British comics. Manga feels a lot more limited in both themes and genres (although it does go places you won't find elsewhere). I don't like that everything comes from being serialised either, that and the B&W art necessitated by such a format is offputting at times.


» caitnap on June 3rd, 2013, 11:51pm

My top three:
1. Manga
2. webcomic/webtoon
3. light novel (because of slow update)

I majority read manga,but recently also webcomic (tower of god,dr frost, trace, etc)
really love the long strip type, convenient to read since I don't have to click page per page

no light novel in there? I really love light novel,
it is usually more satisfying than reading a single chapter

about BW
well, B&W = faster and easier to make
although it is nice to see color, but I don't think they are necessities.
I still see it as luxury.


» mikako17 on June 4th, 2013, 6:32pm

I voted for webcomics, but I really should have voted for Western comics just because I've lately really gotten into Western webcomics and I didn't realize webcomics probably only meant the Korean webcomics.

There is such a variety of Western webcomics and many of them are not the typical American super hero comics. Some of them are such mind f**ks, and others are really well written because of the audience of Western webcomics. Also the variety of art style makes drool because you have admit sometimes manga/manhwa/manhua/Korean webcomics all start looking the same. So yeah, that's my opinion on that.


» Saons on June 5th, 2013, 10:07pm

I have to say I really like webcomics, at least, the asian-author ones. I've read a few western-author ones that ranged from decent to amazing, but they tend to be dropped for whatever reason (Hanna is not a Boy's Name, for example).

I've just read a lot of webcomics that I've come to adore. I feel that they're more unique in that people (at least initially) make them because they want to, not because they want to make money. How many shoujos are pumped out with the same old cliches--why? Because they sell, and mangakas want the money more than they would prefer to stick to their inner creativity. I don't blame them for it, but the webcomics make for more entertaining reading.

Cheese in the Trap, The Pale Horse, KissWood, to name a few!


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