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Manga and Anime vs. Fan Art

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:44 PM


Fix That Miscat! is a series of articles aimed at explaining the differences between the galleries that are commonly confused or abused in the category system here on deviantART.

Today we will be covering two galleries that are also commonly mixed and confused:

Manga and Anime vs. Fan Art

  • Fan art includes those artworks that are based on or contain material such as characters, settings, concepts or universes in general that are copyrighted to someone else other than the artist creating said Fan artwork. According to aunjuli "Fan Art is a way to show appreciation for someone else's creation.The root of it all is love, gratitude, and the desire to create more than what was originally handed to you."
  • Fan Art comes in many styles, including but not limitted to Manga & Anime.
  • Manga, on the other side, is a defined style of art with very characteristic traits to it. It's also referred to sequential art that tells a story and it usually comes in black and white colours. When manga artworks are put in motion, as a movie clip, we are talking about Anime /Animation/.
  • The manga style can be applied to both original or fan artworks. The difference lies in the content of your piece.

How do I know whether my artwork belongs in Manga&Anime or Fan Art...?


Just ask yourself these simple questions!
  1. Is my work entirely created by me and not related to any pre-existing copyrighted universe...?
  • Yes -------------------------------------- Manga & Anime
  • No --------------------------------------- 2
2. Does my work contain characters, settings, concepts or universes that are copyrighted to someone else that I have official permission to use?
  • Yes -------------------------------------- Manga & Anime || Fan Art - Your choice.
  • No --------------------------------------- Fan Art

Summary:

When your artwork contains copyrighted material that you DON'T have official permission to use {Ie. Characters from an Anime show, your Fan characters belonging to a pre-existing universe /Naruto Ocs/...} it belongs in the Fan Art > Manga and Anime gallery.

When your artwork contains copyrighted material but you DO have permission to use it {Ie. you are hired by the copyright holder, your friend gives you permission to draw their OC...} then you can choose whether you want to categorize your work as Fan Art > Manga and Anime or directly as Manga & Anime [root gallery].

When your artwork contains material that you have created from scratch and it is in no way related to any pre-existing universe, then it belongs in the Manga and Anime root gallery.

Want to know more about Fan Art? Check out Fan Art Project Educate Week!

Want to know more about Manga & Anime? Check out the Manga & Anime Project educate week!


Hope this was somewhat helpful to you! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave them in a comment and I'll do my best to clarify any possible confusions or doubts! :love:



    Fix That Miscat! is a series of articles aimed at explaining the differences between the galleries that are commonly confused or abused in the category system here on deviantART. Today we're covering Manga/Anime vs. Fan Art!
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    :iconblackearsbunny:
    blackearsbunny Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
    ohh my!! i have been thinking different XD thanks!!
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    Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    i have an idea!
    what about writing in the manga/anime description (when submitting) that it's only for original art?
    i think this could help.
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    rydi1689 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    :O Description? What description? I'm sorry but I don't really understand what you mean (maybe it has to do with the fact that it's 2.30 am xD)
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    Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    i mean this! xD
    [link]

    yeah, in germany it's also almost 3 am! xD
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    rydi1689 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Ohh! Good idea! I'll comment it to $Moonbeam13 and see if she can add that :D
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    Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    alright! :D
    tell me about the result!^^
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    faerismoka Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    This was very helpful, thank you! :love:
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    Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    i love you for it! :D
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    mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
    thanks for the little update here as i've wondered about it at times, not so much in regards to wether naruto is fanart, but what happens when i say i put an original oc vs naruto in the same image. (though i've basically gone with hitting it on fanart since naruto is preowned already or things like that.) thanks for the clarification.
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    WonderSparks Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    I'm learning! :dummy:
    :iconthemoreyouknowplz:
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    Please-Not-Last Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student General Artist
    The previous submission process (before they added Sta.sh) didn't have "Manga & Anime" as a category under "Fan Art", so my earlier works - and a few of my newer works - were submitted under the "Manga & Anime" root gallery (since they were mostly OCs placed in the Star Wars universe). So when I read this article I had to go back and edit all the categories. ^^; Well, at least I'm more correct now. :)

    I'd also add that manga can have a different style than anime, but that's not really essential to your article. :shrug:
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    rydi1689 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    The previous submission process did have a Manga and Anime subcategory :noes: Look at the category I placed this drawing in [link] Fan Art > Manga and Anime -- and I submitted it with the previous submission process. Maybe you never noticed it or maybe it was a bug? But it certainly existed before sta.sh :iconsadtardplz:.

    I'm glad you edited your submissions :iconpancakeglompplz: I'm so very grateful that you took the time to actually fix your miscats :glomp:. Thank you, really!

    I'm not entirely sure what you mean about manga having a different style than anime. Anime isn't really a style, anime is an animation drawn in manga style. Manga as a sequential art has manga style, if it has cartooney style it'd probably be a comic, and if it has a realism style or something else... I think they are called graphic novels? I'm not sure, I'm know very knowledgeable on cartoons/realism sequential art.
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    Please-Not-Last Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student General Artist
    Every time I submitted something, I looked through the categories to try to place my work, and I definitely remember not coming up with "Manga & Anime" in the "Fan Art" category. The closest thing to it was "Digital." I also looked in the "Manga & Anime" category and there was no "Fan Art" under it. I specifically remember how frustrated it made me feel and there was one time I complained to a friend, who also looked and didn't see it. :stare: But maybe it was a bug. :shrug: I wish I had a screenshot of this because I feel really stupid right now, but I know what I saw and I would never place something incorrectly on purpose. :no:

    As for anime having a different style than manga, what I meant to say is that anime characters are sometimes drawn with more exaggerated features than their manga counterparts. For example, anime artists tend to draw girls with bigger eyes, bigger breasts, and more flow-y hair than manga artists would because it's more appealing since the character will be in motion. I don't have any de facto examples, though.
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    rydi1689 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    I'm sorry if I made you feel stupid though ;_; I didn't mean to... There used to be a fan art subcategory in the manga and anime but it was eventually removed because it was redundant. It might have been a bug, I wish I could have helped you back then. But now that you can see it in the sta.sh categories it's all well I guess :)

    Ah yes, I've noticed that. But well yeah, that didn't really have much to do with fan art in this case, my only aim was to explain the differences between M&A and Fan Art :love:. That's one of the reasons why I prefer reading the original manga than watching the anime.
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    Please-Not-Last Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student General Artist
    You didn't make me feel stupid, I felt stupid on my own. So no worries. :)
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    rydi1689 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    :huggle: Alright, take the best of care and I hope to see you around <3
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    PolyMune Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
    :clap: very well written Rydi! :la: 1000000000000000000000000000000% agree. :la:
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    TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
    Just a question really.

    Am I correct in thinking that something like this is not allowed: [link] as it uses screenshots from the series?
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    rydi1689 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    I'm not entirely sure to be honest. So refer to FAQ #306: Does "Crediting" let me use whatever I want? and/or $fourteenthstar who'll be able to give you a better reasoning :)
    I'm sorry I can't help you any better, I wouldn't want to mislead you into believing something that isn't true, so I'm putting you in the hands of the experts <3
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    TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
    Thank you for at least pointing me in the correct direction! :hug:
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    TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
    Thank you. Did you look at the link I shared? What is your opinion of it? I'm assuming it's not allowed by DA, but the artist is convinced it is XD Not to mention, DA is swarmed by similar pieces.
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    SavageFrog Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    It's not allowed but it's seriously tough to report it these days (still worth trying though)
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    TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
    Yeah... I tend to find that no matter how much I report, nothing gets changed unless I own the piece. Once had someone uploading my work, was informed, reported it stating it was mine, and it was gone in an hour or so - super quick and impressive. But when it's anime/game screenshots? Not so fast...
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    SavageFrog Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    I seriously wish that it had been posted in the stock gallery since stuff does get taken down in there (I think it has to do with the "obvious intent of distribution")

    but it's gotten crazy
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    wbd Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Thank-you for creating this article- it is concise and sums up the issue well. All too often fanart is submitted to the manga/anime original category, and it makes it much harder to find both fanart and original works. Clarifications like the ones you've written about will do much to help.
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    rydi1689 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    You have no idea how much it means to me that you appreciated it :hug: It's a problem that we should not neglect and explaining it from time to time is a good way to help people understand the categorization and help keep the galleries organized and clean <3
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    kimicatdemon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Ah, yes, this is a great article~ :nod:

    You did a wonderful job! Thanks for taking your time to make it!! :blowkiss:
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    LabLayers Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Interface Designer
    Good catch! :la:
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    alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
    Fantastic article! This needs to be read by everyone! :love:
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    xAoibarax Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student General Artist
    Lots of people need to read this. Although I am very clear about this matter, I think it was a good read and it should educate lots of people who are confused.
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    Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Just one question. Even if someone puts his work in a wrong category, what's the problem? I mean, you are the only group (I'm in ca. 150 groups) that looks at categories, and you are actually a bit oversensitive about them :P
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    rydi1689 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    This isn't about submitting your art to the correct folder in a group. It's about submitting your work to the correct gallery ON DEVIANTART as whole. That being said, I'm not being oversensitive, apart from difficulting the browsing experience for deviants if everyone's artworks are placed in the wrong category {imagine looking for a fan art of my little pony and all you can find are sculptures of random objects, abstract artworks, or people's OC drawings...} you can also face troube if you submit your fan art to manga and anime or any other gallery instead of fan art, because manga and anime is meant to host original artworks, property of each individual artist, if you submit your fan art to this original gallery, you are claiming the characters as your own, which would infringe the copyrights of the owner of said character; depending on the copyright owner, it'd be their final decision whether to sue you or not. If they are placed in the fan art category, you are not claiming them as yours, just using their intelectual property without claiming it as your own.

    The fact that we're "the only group that looks at categories" doesn't make it right for you or anyone else to misplace your works. You are being educated about what goes where, I understand that people might misplace their submissions if they don't fully understand where their submission goes, but misplacing it on purpose is something that is not right and we should try to avoid it, in everyone's best interests.
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    Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    1. I know it isn't about putting art to group folders. lol. I didn't write anything about it.
    2. I don't categorise wrongly.
    3. You are oversensitive, because most of the copyright holders do not care about fan-art, or they are 'happy' that their product is popular.

    *shrugs* I don't care anyway. Continue your educational quest, if you want to. Good luck with that.
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    rydi1689 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    It's a good thing that you don't miscat, it's a good point in your favour but there are many deviants out there that don't even know that the Fan Art gallery exists, or don't realize that the Manga & Anime gallery doesn't imply that all artworks based on existing Manga/Anime shows (Like Naruto) automatically belong there, when they should actually be placed in fan art.
    It is not just that the copyright holders care or not, it's that if I try to browse the manga & anime gallery, 40% of submissions there are actually fan arts that have been miscategorized, and it makes it difficult for everyone to find original Manga works, for instance.
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    Farewell-Spring Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
    :lol: You did mention groups "I mean, you are the only group (I'm in ca. 150 groups) that looks at categories"
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    Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    But what does it have to do with putting art in group folders? Nothing.
    And, again, you are the only group I know that actually gives a sh*t about categorization.

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    Farewell-Spring Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
    Uh? You aren't making much sense. You may want to check what you just wrote: "And, again, you are the only group I know that actually gives a sh*t about categorization." but this post has absolutely nothing to do with a group so I don't even know what you're on here. :shrug:
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    Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    :icondoublefacehoofplz:

    You, as a GROUP create a journal entry about categorization? And you deny submissions when its wrongly categorized.

    But, no, it has absolutely NOTHING to do with your group. Just lol.
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    Farewell-Spring Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
    Firstly, I didn't create anything as I didn't write this, secondly this was created by ^rydi1689 who is the community volunteer for Anime/manga category and they aren't referring to any group that denies any submissions, they are referring to the whole deviantart, the website, using categories on deviantart. Is right in the first paragraph, you may want to re-read this article. :lol:
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    SingingFlames Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
    Thank you for the clarification! I see this confused all the time. ^^; More people need to read this.
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    RTNightmare Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Awesomesause! :clap:
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    Damaged927 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    I have to say, your two question break down was the clearest explanation I have seen for this in a long time. Great article! :clap:
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    rydi1689 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    yay!! I'm glad you found it helpful :eager: I thought it would be easier on the mind than blocks of text but in the end I included both just in case!
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    PurpleR-les Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    There should be a share-function in deviantArt. thank you very much!
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    rydi1689 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    there are share buttons to repost it on facebook/twitter/tumblr etc. but not to repost something within deviantART :iconsadtardplz:
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    PurpleR-les Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    I only have 3 friends from DA on facebook, so it wouldn't use much :iconsadtardplz:

    ...I just make a journal myself and act like this was my idea :iconsuperw00tplz: No, jk. I'll put your journal in my journal. You know - journalception O.O
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    rydi1689 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    I would love the reblog option to be implemented on dA though :C
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    blackstorm Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
    Same here for something helpful like this journal (I've seen far too many fanarts that are mis-categorized), and it may be convenient in groups too to reblog affiliate groups' contests upon request, but at the same time I wouldn't think it's a good idea, as some might not appreciate being 'spammed' by countless reblogs of basically 'irrelevant' things (to simply put). So, if DA is gonna go la tumblr/facebook with the reblog/share function on journals there MUST be a filtering option for +Watchers, on whether we want to receive journal updates from the user OR/AND reblogs sourced from other users. Just putting in my two cents...
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    rydi1689 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Sta.sh writer allows you to submit the same journal to more than one group, but when you access that journal from a group, it redirects you to the original journal in your profile! Better take advantage of that!!

    Last time I checked +spyed said no to reblogging... so I don't think it'll be happening anytime soon :C
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