UPDATE: An international release has been confirmed by the developer.
How many of you read Japanese manga? I know I certainly do – and my bedroom walls are covered in shelves full of volumes from a large variety of different publications and authors. Do you also like drawing on your Nintendo consoles? (I mean, in apps like Colours 3D and New Art Academy with the stylus, not actually drawing on your physical consoles). Well, 3DS owners in Japan will be able to from 15th January with the Nintendo eShop release of Comic Koubou (Comic Workshop) from developer Collavier.
This application lets you truly replicate the mangaka experience with screentones, layers and panel layouts to help you create the most professional manga you can – although you’ll still need to be able to draw (so that kinda counts me out unless you want to read a gripping romantic drama about stick people – is there a market for that? Let me know!). Of course, like with the usual drawing applications, a variety of tools will be available to users to make the process easier – such as a speech bubble button, the ability to tweak gradients and even the ability to modify black and white photographs.
Up to 80 pages can be saved per file, with a total of 80 files. You can then transfer them to your personal computers or cameras as JPEG files, although sharing directly via Nintendo 3DS consoles isn’t supported for the protection of minors (most likely a result of the Letterbox saga).
The application will cost 800 yen (or £4.64) when it comes out in Japan next week and an international release has been confirmed, but a release date has yet to be announced.