Let’s not forget the eraser, since it can be a big part of the artwork. Erasers with patterns, several colors, and silly shapes, are usually poor in quality and can make a smudged mess of your art. Try to use pure black or pure white erasers, preferably plastic ones if you don’t like the eraser residue forming on the table.
Paper on its own can be tricky, so I always suggest using any smooth paper that is thicker, starting from 170 gsm or 170 g/m2 (you can find paper thickness mark on every sketchbook cover ) , just in case you wish to apply water (we will mention why later). If you choose to later on color your pages with markers, I have found that a pack of smooth laser color printer paper will do the trick and be way cheaper than buying expensive , and useless plastic marker papers. What is important regarding papers you work on is: a) make sure the paper is big enough to fit in your scanner, and b) paper SHOULD NOT contain any lines or patterns
Coloring, if you choose to do so traditionally, has several options, but first lets mention shading your manga page. In japan, manga authors use a special semi adhesive foil to shade gray or textured areas, these are called screen tones. Since they can be pricy and hard to find, few drops of any generic black ink in a glass of water , can be applied with a brush to your page to create shaded areas. Coloring on its own is usually done by watercolor, or colored markers, mostly refillable alcohol based markers. Recently, there has been a new series of water based markers on the market for manga makers, since alcohol based marker tend to have a very strong smell, so an alternative is available. Water based markers and alcohol based markers are able to blend between each other to create more of a painted work.
Speaking of misconceptions, in the surge of digital age of comics and illustrations, it is often overlooked how real manga comics are still being printed and created in black and white, so there is no need to invest into expensive markers, since the colored pages are only the one cover image, and sometimes maybe a few pages to start off the story. In that case, with today’s super affordable graphic tablets, its more cheaper to invest in one and color digitally, then to buy expensive sets of markers. I always recommend Wacom and Bamboo as reliable non-screen affordable brands of tablets.
If you wish to create digital manga, you can always grab your tablet and try some useful software like Paint tool sai, its more manga oriented brother Studio Paint Clip Pro, or the famous Manga studio. These programs feature a lot of useful tools, pre-made brushes, backgrounds, textures, 3D models and all with a click of the mouse. If you cant afford professional manga software, GIMP is a free solution for digital illustration. If you have a regular screen tablet you can draw on with a stylus, you can use an app called “Comic Draw by plasq“, with a free trial.