Sure, I hope to one day follow in Felipe Smith's footsteps and get published in Japan and whatnot but that's a ways off... if even possible. For now, I'm just a procrastinating hopeful someone who likes drawing but is to lazy to go from his bed to his work area (3 steps away) and start work. Once I start though... the fun begins.
As to my views, I don't consider myself a manga artist and I don't try to JUST learn from manga. Everyone around me is my teacher and I am but a humble student who can't draw hands yet.
Also, I love to critique. I'm good at it... I'm ruthless but seriously... don't reject what I say... I have a good idea of what things are s'posed to look like.... in my mind. Getting it on paper is whats hard.