I am not very special at drawing stuff, but I want to create my own manga novel.

So, is there an open-source manga making software? If yes, please recommend it.

I am using Windows 8.1.

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If you are looking for something to do the drawing for you I think you are out of luck but you might like to take a look at Krita.

  • Free (Gratis)
  • Open Source
  • Cross Platform, (now including Win8.1).
  • Lots of online tutorials, including some specific to comics/graphic novels.
  • Interfaces with a number of graphics tablets and works really well with them, but no so easy to get good results without one so I would strongly suggest investing in one, thanks to Oxinabox for reminding me that I meant to mention this. To quote the web page:

Krita isn’t much fun without a pressure sensitive tablet. If the tablet has been properly configured, Krita works with Wacom, Huion and other uc-logic based tablets, on Windows and Linux (...). Genius tablets are know to have problems.

There is even a Manga Template: CreateManga

Some examples from the web site: alex-sabogirl-to-protect-the-sleep

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    I have used Krita, and found that it is practically impossible to use without a graphics tablet. If you found it the same, you might want to enhance your answer by mentioning this. (To be fair, one shouldn't be considering drawing a manga on PC without one) Commented May 11, 2015 at 0:34

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