Comics (sometimes spelled comix) are combinations of words and images into a medium for telling stories. They are typically printed on paper, with the most common formats being newspaper strips, magazine-format comic books, and larger bound volumes called graphic novels.
Comics are thought by some to be an art form, also known as sequential art, although whether they are an art form or are merely a medium in which sequential art is practised is still a matter of debate amongst creators, scholars and readers.
The question on what exactly makes a comic (web or print) a "furry comic" does not have a specific answer.
For some, just having anthropomorphic characters in the comic makes it furry. Others prefer to reserve the "furry" label for those comics where the characters are predominantly anthropomorphic animals, and act as such.
There are many comics that have "furry" characters in a minor role, and/or whose audience is not primarily the furry fandom. For example, Gaming Guardians has "furry" characters, but the primary characters are human, and the webcomic is meant more for the gaming audience.
Also, some creators use anthropomorphic characters as metaphors (as in TwoKinds, where the Keidran and Basitin are metaphors for different human races in real life), or simply as an artistic style (as with Omaha The Cat Dancer and Shanda The Panda - see humans in fursuits).
Some comic creators prefer to avoid the "furry" label entirely, often due to negative connotations (real or perceived) of being associated with furry fandom. Artists creating characters more in the Golden Age mold might call their strip a funny animal comic, while others may refer to the "furry" characters as weres, or simply as fantasy characters.
Manga(漫画) is the Japanese word for comics and print cartoons. Outside of Japan, it usually refers specifically to Japanese comics. Manga developed from a mixture of ukiyo-e and foreign styles of drawing, and took its current form shortly after World War II. It is usually printed in black and white, except for the covers and sometimes the first few pages.
Manga published by amateurs and amateur groups is known as Dōjinshi.
Popular manga is often adapted into anime once a market interest has been established. (Manga is sometimes mistakenly called "anime" even when not animated.) Adapted stories are often modified to appeal to a more mainstream market. Although not as common, original anime is sometimes adapted into manga (such as Neon Genesis Evangelion and Cowboy Bebop).
Some manga or anime-style comics produced in English have been nicknamed "Amerimanga", though Tokyopop recently started using the more general term "Global Manga" for non-Japanese books. Anthropomorphic comics produced in this style include Buster the Amazing Bear, Gold Digger, Inverloch, and Reality Check!
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