Welcome everyone to the Beginner Guide to Manga Wiki Editing. I'm Takashichea, one of the wiki mods. The reason for posting this thread is because our wiki community operates differently from Wikia systems and Comic Book wiki communities. I'll walk with you through the terminology, different types of manga we allowed, and tips to enhance your wiki editing experiences.
Let's go over the terminology first.
- Tankobon - A book or issue that collects several chapters that were once printed from a manga magazine as well as containing author's notes and omake that weren't published in the magazines. It's what our wiki system uses instead of individual chapters. While Wikia uses chapters pages, we go with issue/tankobon pages. I have seen folks adding chapters which isn't allowed in our wiki pages except for One Shots. All Tankobon must have a manga cover in order to be added.
- One Shot - These are "pilot" manga stories published in manga magazines. Our community allow these because they serve as precursors to future manga series where a mangaka draws inspiration to build a series that is successful and published/serialized in a manga magazine. Example: Mario (One-Shot)
- Omnibus - These volumes contain 2 or more Tankobon issues. Our community doesn't allow omnibus in the wiki system since these are same material but packaged differently.
- Light Novel - A light novel is a hybrid between novels and graphic novels. Light novels contain more text and only a few illustrations. Our community allows these wiki pages.
- OEL (Original English Language) - Comics that are fashioned as manga series, but they are published in the US with English as their native language.
- Manhwa - Comics published in South Korea with Korean as their native language.
- Anthology Magazine - Magazines that have different manga series.
- Kazenban - Manga series that have different story than their original manga counterpart. These are rare to see, but they are allowed because they are essentially different stories. Example: Shaman King Kanzen-Ban.
Current Rules as of October 10, 2014
|What's Allowed||What's Not Allowed|
- Tankobon with the proper retail cover
- Light Novels
- One Shot
- Anthology Magazines
- Separate Chapter Wiki Pages
- Art Books
Images should be big and hi res if possible. Minimal size is 300 by 450.
- Dates should be Japanese release date if you are dealing with manga. For OEL, it's the English date while it's the Korean date for Manhwa. In summary, the comics of their original country is the date we go with. Digital release dates and international release dates should be added on the issue page.
- International covers should be added to the same manga series wiki page. We don't allow separate manga series based on nationality. You can group publishers of different nationality in the article.
- Shueisha (Japan)
- Viz Media (USA)
- Tong Li Publishing Co., LTD (Taiwan)
How to Distinguish Manga from Light Novel and Manga Series of the Same Franchise
Some manga series don't have extensive outside sources if you have multiple manga series in a franchise. Here is a way to distinguish the differences. What I have here is a manga comparison and a light novel/manga comparison. You can take look at the dates and publisher to figure out which it belongs to.
These wiki pages are a bit tougher. I have experience with them, but I had trouble with them especially older anthology magazines. My main issue is getting the issue numbers. You can't add magazines in the proper order without knowing their magazine issues.
How to Label Magazines
There isn't an official way. There are two methods.
1) When you know the issue number. You can name it No. # Month Date
2) When you don't know the issue number, you name by the release date, YYYYMM.
If you have questions, please ask me. Please let me know if I miss anything.