So, I have been debating with myself about reading manga since I enjoy comics but I am not sure if I would enjoy it the same way. A friend who has been encouraging me to read manga recently explained the differences between the two mediums as the following:
Comics are more character focused which means you can insert the characters into any story but what matters is that you keep true to the character. This is why comics can exist for 70 years.
Manga tends to be more story focused which means you couldn't insert characters into other stories since the characters are tied very closely to a specific over-arching story. This is why most manga tend to come to an end after ten or so years.
Is this true? I mean for me, it is the characters that pulled me into comics. I'd like to know more about manga because I know so little about it and am not exactly sure where to start. The only experience I have is with anime which I am not a fan of. Is anime like cartoon adaptations of comics or are they more faithful to manga?