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Oct 23, 2014 3:35 PM
I love your work, manga screener are legendary. I totally understand that you gave it up though.
Nov 6, 2011 6:23 PM
Jan 13, 2011 2:29 AM
I used to love Burger King, but then suddenly the whoppers just tasted like fish no matter which branch I went to. I gave up~
I was fine with my username too until someone asked why I was called 'sucker 9'
Haha, yeah...people don't usually have an answer to, 'If you could, what would you change your name to?'
Jan 13, 2011 2:08 AM
Do you like McDonalds? You can just pretend it's 'I'm lovin' it' if you want a change ... but I think Barbapapa is better ^^
Usernames just sick right? Sometimes I think of changing mine, but I wouldn't know what to~
Jan 13, 2011 1:07 AM
Beard Father! Haha... I see...
Did you enjoy that cartoon then?
I hope you got my McDonald reference ~
Jan 11, 2011 2:09 PM
I think that by buying manga, I'm contributing to the goal. Maybe it's all an utopia, but I don't think it would hurt to believe in it.
Anyway, I've been noticing to the Commandment's you've been posting. Unfortunately the only title I'm familiar is Takemitsu Zamurai, which I have the first couple of Volumes. Although, I never thought much about Twin Spica, Number 5 has been a title under my eye for some time. I really wanted to get it before I discovered that I could read French manga, but as I discovered that Viz discontinued it, I removed it from my plan to buy list. Might as well add it again since it's available in French.
Still I have a decent rule, that is not to order anything before I read anything else. And since I just received La Rose de Versailles, I have a lot to read. It's not like I'm a Shoujo fan, but I'm a sucker for the classics'. Shounen (like Ashita no Joe), seinen (Akira) or shoujo (Rose of Versailles), normally it doesn't matter, if it's a classic, then I end up loving it. And from the first 100 pages I'd read, I think I will really enjoy it.
Jan 11, 2011 5:33 AM
I have to ask...
your username... it's "I'm lovin' it" right? :D Right :D ??
Jan 10, 2011 2:32 PM
Well you need to read that 8th Volume, quite a plot twist.
Sure, scanlations do have their arguments, and as I said, I discovered manga thanks to them. Still, I think their abundance is the problem, it's just so easy to get them. What really gets me though are the "scan's" without the "lation's". I.e. the guys who just a scan an already translated manga and post it online. Almost every manga released in the US has some scan posted online. Well, at least these should disappear, and the original uploaders should remove then.
Unfortunately, I don't think I'll ever learn Japanese. I started last year, but I wasn't making enough progresses, and university already takes enough of my time. So I quit. Maybe in some years from now, if I'm less busy, but for now, I'm happy with being able to read the French editions, which already covers a big part, of my interests.
Well, It's very hard to say, what would happen if it weren't for the scanlations, probably you are right, but fact is, that scanlations aren't a tradition in France, and they have a great industry.
I have a dream... one day everyone will be buying manga, and the volumes will cost less than 5€, and every manga will be available in english.
Might be an optimistic vision of the future, but maybe one day..
Jan 8, 2011 5:02 AM
When it comes to editing I only clean and do redraws. Lettering just isn't my thing.
If you're fine with that I'll pm you my email, so you can send me some raws privately.
I have to warn you, I'm already involved in far to many project at the moment (if I have a chance to clean a manga that I want to read I just can't say no :D), so my speed won't be that awesome, but I think I could do at least a chapter per week. :)
Jan 7, 2011 12:50 PM
I see what you mean with "obscure" manga. I actually wanted to do a scanlation on a manga I own, I pretty much knew that it wouldn't ever be licensed into english, it was Akino Kondoh's
Les Insects en Moi
, and I wanted to do to show some manga fans the amazing manga of Akino Kondoh. Oddly enough a couple of stories from Les Insects en Moi where published in english, in the AX Collection. But I guess the AX Collection is an exception in the English manga industry. Maybe those scanlations do help.
I honestly don't believe that any competent publisher would say that Vinland Saga would be a hard to sell manga, I mean, just take a look on it's popularity rating here on MAL. And I don't know if you're a reading it by Volumes, but I just finished the 8th, and it's the best volume of Vinland Saga, and the series is delivering. But, if I recall correctly, an english publisher has already licensed it, but hasn't announced it yet.
Well I think that the problem is, that although the scanlations don't ask anything in return, they don't give anything in return, to the creator of the manga that is (including it's editors). If you study economies, what is said in the first lesson, is that there aren't free meals...
I believe that the major difference between doujinshi and scanlations is that scanlations is a replacing medium, while doujinshi aren't. I.e. if read a scanlations, you don't have the need to buy the original product, but if you read a doujinshi, you will continue to want to buy the original (although you never were interested to buy the orignal product). But it's all a very strange issue, specially since japan are some crazy "copyright" guys.
I remember learning at school French, and just thinking "why the heck, do I need this useless language", and now I'm more grateful than anything. It was when I discovered how huge the French market was, and that I could with no difficulty read French manga, that I quit reading scanlations at all (not that I've read many, but still). I have a huge plan to buy list, which I think I'll never complete, and I thing that until I have titles on that list, I don't have the need to read scanlations.
I would never say that the English market is catching up, because the French one is growing fast (and since they started way before, as you stated). But the English market has been having some amazing new licenses, that not even the French had, like Drifting Life, Tokyo Zombies and AX Collection. Curiously all those titles have already been licensed in French, but it's nice to see some publisher are making an effort. Specially since all these are Underground titles. I would love to see more Comix publishers like Top Shelf, Fantagraphics and Last Gasp, taking their risk into manga, and put out some Underground stuff. But I must say, I'm a bit disappointed, that they aren't risky enough to put some avant-garde titles. I was highly disappointed when Fantagraphics announced that their next title after Drunken Dream would be Wandering Son.
Also I see French publishers like Phillipe Picquer, who is specialized in Asian litterature, putting out some amazing manga. I think that if this would happen in English, it would help a lot the industry.
Sorry, this got so long, but let me quote you, "I love manga, and I love to talk about it."
Jan 7, 2011 9:08 AM
I read DC after Bokurano, which may have been the most depressing week ever. Haha.
Jan 7, 2011 8:15 AM
Thanks! I've enjoyed what I've read of it, and Drifting Classroom was certainly great. So this is my next big manga project I think.
Jan 7, 2011 6:23 AM
hey XD ik was op hret internet wa bezig en zag ergens in je sig je mal profiel :p
Jan 7, 2011 5:31 AM
Ah that's fine then. I just thing that scan readers believe that manga is a free medium, when it isn't. Especially now, in a time of crisis, where mangaka's earn probably as much as the minimum salary.
The whole "scanlation" issue is a very fragile one. I understand you're are willing to work on it to expand the manga horizons for English readers. Still to scanlate unlincensed manga still hurts the industry. Some months ago, I talked with Ed Chavez (Marketing Director of
) and I asked him if he could license a certain manga. But he immediately refused saying that a scanlation of that manga already exists, so there wouldn't be a profit.
I think the problem is understanding. Maybe if scan readers understand that, if everyone reads scans, there wouldn't be manga's anymore. The thing is, most of them aren't understanding.
I remember some time ago,
author made a statement, where she said that to read manga illegally is wrong no matter what, and it doesn't help the industry. And some of the responses n the forums where like; "you have a dream job, you're popular, and you complaint about it. You suck". Maybe scan readers just need to get a proper job, and then someone who "steals" their work, to understand the feeling. Maybe I'm just a extremist and hypocritical, since I used to read scans, but the only thing I want to do is to support the industry.
Also I may say I'm lucky since I read French, and although it isn't as good as reading Japanese, it's pretty great, because the France is the second biggest consumer of manga in the world (Japan is the first obviously), and it has lots of licenses, way more then in English. So while my friends, and all other people who is stuck with the English language can only access certain titles illegally, I can get almost everyone legally.
Please, don't misunderstand me, I'm not you should change what you're doing, or criticizing your work, I'm just trying to make things clear :)
Jan 7, 2011 2:03 AM
Hi, mysterious person who sent my a friend request! :)
Usually i don't approve these kind of requests (from people I don't know.................. and if we ever have talked before - Sorry, I'm very bad at remembering names), but seeing that you're a fellow scanlator + from a respectable group, I think I'll make an exception.
So you're working on B&G, am I right? Does it still need an editor? :)
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