Ode to Naruto

Ode to Naruto

Ryan Attard

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 15 years, you’ve probably heard of Masashi Kishimoto’s manga Naruto in some form or another. The serialisation started in Shonen Jump Magazine in 1999 (how old to you feel right now?) and ended last week – 700 issues.

Let’s stop and think about that for a second. I’ve never drawn manga. Hell I can barely draw stick figures. My only education in the world of manga and comics as a whole comes from the manga Bakuman, which I wrote about extensively on the blog before. But I am a writer – and I know exactly what you have to go through to get your work out there. It’s not easy.

Many people make the wrong assumption that money is the main currency of life – in reality it’s time. But then again we are raised in a consumer based…

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