How many "How to draw Manga" books have I bought over the years? What good have they done for me? First off, I rarely fully read print anything. I keep it, and glance at it because it gives me peace of mind as a collector. I have a new treasure! Whee! Second of all, I am an American, not a Naturalized Japanese Citizen, and only "Manga-ka's" which are the top 10% of Manga Artists in that country can make Manga, most of the time draining their vitality by the speed of deadlines and weight of workload. It destroys a person. I bought those books because I was always trying to find a "Secret Formula" to become a Rich&Famous Manga Creator. What a crock! Mangakas are usually dirt poor and completely maddened by stress living on the edge of death just to be in Shonen Jump Magazine for 1 more week in a cutthroat competitive business. If I want to be a Cartoonist, I need to be an American Cartoonist and value my own unique style to bring worth to American Cartoons as a whole by adding my 2 cents to the mix. This is my Home, and American Comics & Cartoons are only as good as the Artists born and bred here in the States like the Mangakas of Japan rise from their own place of birth. I am not an Otaku. I am a proud American Animation and Comic Fan and Creator. The only secret to rising in this field is to bust your ass working on your own style for your whole life so American Cartoons and Comics don't suck!