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Just a thought.
I have always loved the idea of doing an online magazine and have actually tried to do one in the past for a site that I was previously a part of. The idea of having an online mag for series reviews, interviews, tutorials, fun items, etc... was always intriguing. However, there were a couple of things that eventually stopped me from doing so.
1, Is this the right medium - I mean, with print material slowly dying and the internet / websites functioning differently, would a magazine really make sense anymore. Even if you look at websites for print magazines or newspapers, they don't function in the form of a magazine. They are link based and function just like a standard website... Though, I am not sure how these sort of things function on e-readers and stuff, so I somewhat digress...
2, It's a huge time commitment - Just like putting together a manga series, the amount of time planning and creating something like this is huge. I've had experience doing something similar in the past ( a yearbook for a site ) and let me tell you, it was way more work than I had ever imagined. Partly do to the fact that I pretty much ended up being the only one to work on the project / did all the page layouts and info gathering myself, but also because I underestimated the time it was going to take.
So basically in the end, without a dedicated staff to undertake such an endeavor and questioning whether or not the time and effort to do such a thing makes sense given the format... I don't know how feasible it would be.
But don't get me wrong and take this as a absolute NO. I am still intrigued by the idea and would love to do something like it if the opportunity presents itself i.e. there are people out there that would like to work on such a thing. If so, please let me know. You can post here or PM me. ;)
I got the idea from Sasaki Hisashi's twitter, when he said he wishes every country had it's own manga magazine. Unfortunately I don't know where or how to find people willing to work on something like this. I'll try and look but I don't expect to find anything.
If anything, it will be a staff / community driven project... so no need to look much further than here. If anyone is interested, I'll gladly discuss things with them and / or help them out any way I possibly can. :)
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Sorry to intrupt, If Manga Reborn will release some Manga Magazine, what kind of Manga News or infromation would you like to read? For example, new releas of Manga or some event of Manga or so...
For me, I would like to know about each country's Manga Information for example, what Manga is popular in France? Canada? Thaialand? or what kind of Manga event they have?
If you have some ideas, please tell me about it :)
If MR were to release a magazine, I think it would / should include all of those things you mentioned. Personally, I really like the idea of 'reporting' on what manga is popular in what country and learning more about the manga / comic scene there. its very informative and would help connect the manga community even more. :)
Some other things that could / should be included:- Interviews with artists, translators, seiyuus, etc - Manga Review(s)- Series Featurette i.e. detailed review of a series, complete with character bios, never before seen artwork from the artist, fan Q&A for the artist, etc.- Manga - perhaps a sneak peak of upcoming releases / new manga at MR. - Top Ten Lists- Fan Art- Fun Games i.e. a crossword puzzle or sudoku- more
Anyways, if anyone is intersted in looking at what a mag could look like, a web site called AarinSecret did one years ago.
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Maybe things like media (video games, movies, tv) segments would be nice.
Thank you guys. For me, I am interested in the difference between Japan and Other countries Manga fans. So I will try to make some news magazine such as Manga News from Japan and The article of aritists. And I also want to hear from your country news of event info! Because if there are big event in US or Euro, I would like to go!
By the way, could you tell me some web-site that where you get Manga news?
Anime News Network (ANN) is pretty much the premier news organization for the English speaking world in regards to this. They basically report on anything that is happening in the world that deals with anime, games, manga, etc.
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2012-04-09/new-time-lapse-video-shows-life-size-gundam-in-motion - I soooo want a Gundam XD
The New York Times also comes out with a weekly best seller list - here if you are intersted in the best sellers for the US.
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Thank you for the information. I have never seen (ANN). This website has a lot of infomation about US. Are you member of this site?! How do you collect the information?!
And I didnt know New York Times has such a ranking!
Now I am thinking to interview some Manga Artist who published in japan before. I would like to share "What Manga Artist like?" because there are a lot of information about Manga but there are very few information about Artist.
Do you have anything that you want to ask? If so, please tell me!
I am not a member of ANN so I don’t really know how they go about collecting their news items and everything I will say would be speculative. I do know that they have a dedicated staff that works on it. For a lot of their news items they appear to just gather information from other Japanese news outlets and summarize the details / translate it into English. Non staff members can submit news items but nothing is posted without a staff member first checking the sources and making sure that the info is legit. So they are pretty much a legitimate news organization that prides themselves on factual pieces.
They also offer an unpaid internship for those interested in pursuing a journalism degree (here).
As for questions, I guess I would like to know stuff like this…
- When coming up with a concept for a story, how do you organize all of your thoughts and ideas in order to create a manga? Basically, how do you go about it..- Did you always want to be a mangaka? And if so, what was that one series / artist that you saw that made you want to be one?- Was there ever a point when you thought about giving up on your dream? And if so, what stopped you from doing so?- What series do you currently read?- If there is one thing about the manga industry that would you change, what would it be?
I would also ask like to know some simple, non-manga oriented questions to lighten the mood like:
- Are you a cat or dog person?- What kind of music do you listen to?- What is your favorite movie?- etc....
Thank you for the information! If we publish some news, we need more man-power. However I would like to inform ppl all over the world! So I will try collect Manga News from Japan.
What about you?! Do you have any your website?
And thank you for the questions. I will use these questions when I interview! Also thinking to invite Manga-artist to MangaReborn. So ppl can talk with Japanese Pro-MangaArtist! I guess Pro-MangaArtists want to connect to world wide Manga Fan.
Do you have any friend who create Manga?!
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