Manga in Japan
In the late 1940s, Tezuka Osamu, the father of modern Manga, began working cinematic effects learned from European movies into his cartoons. He pioneered multilane movements, perspectives that pulled the reader into the action, close-ups, curious angels, and a host of other filmic techniques, creating a new medium resembling nothing less than a feature-length film rendered on paper. As a result of Tezuka’s innovations, Japanese comics are wildly popular and rarely come in slender volumes. Certain drawing styles specific to Japanese manga like the greatly enhanced facial features have been copied all around the world.
More recent artists who have made their name within the genre are Akira Toriyama, creator of Dragon-ball, Toru Fujisawa, creator of Great Teacher Onizuka, and Eiichiro Oda whose odd character sketches are the centerpiece of the One Piece action series. Locally, these artists are considered heroes and are seen as being closer to God than rock stars.
Manga after 2015 ~
Now almost everybody has a smartphone, manga are more and more often sold by app instead of by hard copy. You can buy manga at a reasonable price, and all manga that has been officially published can be found on apps these days. There used to be many book stores all over Japan, but after the internet people started buying digital manga the number of book stores is shrinking.
This does, however, not mean that book stores have completely disappeared just yet, as there is just something to holding that new volume in your hands and storing it on your bookshelf after you have read it for reading it again one day.