I apologize if the way I wrote it didn't make it clear: it's not about the technicalities of the terminology, it's about what the way you describe your own work tells me about how you are approaching this, and your art backs this up based on what I saw: you're using the aesthetic of manga because you think that's cool (and it most definitely is cool, don't get me wrong. I do it too, it's the primary aesthetic I work off of), but are severely lacking in all of the fundamentals that make that aesthetic work.
I myself have been told 'stop drawing anime style' on multiple occasions, and it's absolutely bullshit. I don't want any misunderstandings on that part. If you're trying to get into an art college in the US, you will hear that line bare minimum 50 times a day. My comic is based on Super Sentai, and I have been going out of my way to utilize the manga aesthetic for most of my artistic career because it's the one I find the most appealing. Manga is fucking awesome, and I wholeheartedly support its influence.
You can, they're just called 'Comics' everywhere else.
My post was aimed squarely at trying to break down the misconception that making 'manga' is in any way shape or form different from any other comic. Like I said in my original post, look at Monkey D. Luffy next to Jotaro Kujo and try to tell me those are the same art style, yet they're both classified as manga.
Every artist, American, Japanese, French, Brazilian, Korean, doesn't matter, has a unique style and a unique voice. Those styles are often influenced by one another and you can find 'pockets' of similarities (American superhero artists using heavy black shadows and dense cross-hatching, French artists using linne claire and watercolor textures, Japanese artists using speed lines and halftone effects, etc. etc.), but every single one requires the fundamentals.
Form, anatomy, construction drawing, texture, shape, and composition are all non-negotiable for every single artist. Those are what I saw lacking in your work.
Now, I'm fully willing to admit that I assumed things about you based on that comment in your description. It's entirely possible that you already know this stuff, in which case I completely understand how my commentary would have come across as condescending at best, but I went through this phase myself, and I have known far, FAR too many young artists who have tried so very, very hard to imitate what they see in manga, only to come up lacking to not be immediately concerned when I see something like that.
It's an extremely common trap for inexperienced artists to fall into (And by inexperienced I mean like within your first decade or two of being an artist. It's not just a 'beginner beginner' mistake, it's pervasive for the first several years of many, MANY artist's careers), so I don't blame you for it, but my objective was to point out that copying a specific aesthetic or style without the underlying fundamentals is just spinning your wheels, and when I see an artist calling their work a 'manga' and intentionally including a right-to-left reading order, my guess (Again, this is speculation, so take it with a grain of salt) is that you aren't thinking about those fundamentals when producing your work.
My discussion on the nomenclature was definitely overblown, I will admit that. Even so, I stand by what I intended to say, if not the way my commentary came across: whenever I see someone go out of their way to say that they're making a manga, that's a giant red flag to me that they're lacking in understanding as to what it actually is that makes the aesthetic they're trying to imitate function in the first place.
That's why I followed by taking a manga page and breaking down some of the hallmarks that make manga recognizable for what it is, My intent was to show that it's good, solid drawing and and understanding of composition making that page work, rather than 'being in manga style', if that makes sense.
As for the reading order, it's just a matter of comfort; if the comic is meant to be read in english, then making me go to a text bubble, read in a certain direction (left to right, in this case), finish that bubble, and then go in the opposite direction that I was just moving my eyes in order to find the next bubble in sequence is nothing but an inconvenience. It is only being done because another culture makes their comics in that style. Except said culture does that because that is the direction in which their language is read, so it makes sense for them to do it.
When we over here in the west translate a manga into English, we keep the reading order as a 'necessary evil' because the alternative is reversing the direction of everything else in the pages, and that's worse, but that doesn't mean it improves anything to intentionally add a reversed reading order to the direction of your comic's native language.
I apologize for the misunderstanding, I didn't intend to trash your efforts in the slightest (And I did definitely forget to mention what the other critic in the comment thread mentioned; there is a great amount of improvement from the earlier pages to the current ones, so that's definitely my bad). My intent was to get at the heart of where your problems are, which is far deeper than just the basic surface level aesthetic and whether or not you're including backgrounds or using speed lines well or what-have-you. If all your efforts are focused on that surface-level aesthetic, then nothing will improve, and that's exactly opposite to point of this thread.