FINALLY!!! I have been looking for a proper explanation of this for YEARS!! You know not even my friends who draw comics for a living could tell me some of this stuff????
I don't suppose you know either of these:
1. What's the standard way to handle a doublepage spread? Do you draw it in two parts or on a special, larger sheet of paper?
2. For Shonen Jump's monthly Treasure Award, they give the required page dimensions on a little diagram that shows a basic page of manga with some panels drawn on it. Around the panels are the measurements 180mm and 270mm. So, clearly that's the live area, but then around the outer edge of the page it says "230~260mm" at the top and "330~365mm" on the side. Is that trim and bleed area or a range for the overall size of the paper or what????
Hi I'm glad this has helped you and I will answer you question as best as I can
1. Good question, You should never draw on margins so the best way is to REMOVE margins, tape papers together and when finished, scan to REPLACE margin. You don't want to loose any image within the margin.(this is for printing only)
2. Some artists don't draw bleed because it varies depending on the amount of pages.
I have looked at the website and it says '' 1.2 times bigger than the size that Shonen Jump is published at'' Which I believe it is the TRIM. Just keep all your important images in the SAFE AREA.
This is the page template example which they would work on(it has no bleed):