There are some profound differences between American comics and
manga. The biggest difference - in addition to the fact that Japanese comics
are created in Japanese whereas American comics are originally created in
English - is that manga are generally read in the reverse order of their American
cousins. What American readers think of as the last page of the story is usually
the first page. The panels on each manga page are ordered from right to left
instead of from left to right, and the writing in them is usually vertical.
Manga are usually (but not always) printed in black and white, as opposed
to colour. They are also usually more visual than American comics and contain
fewer words. The drawings in manga, however, are usually much simpler than in
American comic books.
Manga stories are usually much longer than American comics which are
not published in magazines but in paperback or hardback. Japanese manga are
often first published in magazines and then come out in paperback.