OEL manga" out there that I enjoy, I have stumbled upon many people-- and have felt myself --that there is still something significantly "different" about an OEL book versus its Japanese counterpoint. But I could never quite put my finger on it. It wasn't necessarily bad, mind-- just...different.
Narutaki over at Reverse Thieves, however, has figured out a significant piece of the puzzle: screentones. This is, of course, a broad generalization, but in the analysis, Japanese creators tended to use their screentones primarily as backdrop, where western creators were more inclined to use them heavily in shading and patterning for both foreground and background.
I point out that it's a generalization because, as Narutaki mentions as well, there are plenty of exceptions to this-- mangaka frequently use screentones for certain kinds of patterning or other dramatic effect, and there are surely manga-inspired American artists who use screentone minimally. But I thought the ideawas kind of interesting.
We have a few artists out around the site-- any thoughts on this?