October162014
gaymanga:

Don’t reblog.
When you see a complete manga or comic posted by someone other than the original artist, please don’t reblog. It’s one thing to privately enjoy a bootlegged work and another to publicly advance its spread. I try to refrain from getting negative about piracy on this blog, but it saddens me when I see it directly affecting artists who I love. 
Seizoh Ebisubashi is a truly freelance, full time gay manga artist. He left G-men last year to pursue an independent career in this niche within a niche. Ebisubashi voluntarily shares a boatload of his artwork on Tumblr in an effort to directly reach fans. Recently, he’d noticed a surge of postings by other users sharing his comics in their entirety. Here’s what he wrote about the subject in a Tumblr post last week. Translation by Anne Ishii:

"Hi. Nice to meet you, this is Seizoh Ebisubashi. I have a message concerning the manga you recently published on your Tumblr. I’m glad you were able to enjoy my manga but when you post it for free for anyone to download it seriously damages my ability to keep up paid publishing work and has a direct effect on my life. If you could at least read it on your own and not make it public, I’d be grateful."
I sent the above message to a Tumblr account that posted one of my works in its entirety. It’s not like it’s the first time this has happened. My stuff has been published without permission before, but it’s been work from magazines and compilations, scanned and uploaded, which isn’t to say it’s fine, but at least it’s limited in scope, and I reason to myself, it might serve as some kind of publicity for my complete works. Whereas this is the wholesale publishing of an entire story by one person—three volumes—and if someone sees that it’s available for free they will think it only their due right to read it for free going forward. It cuts directly into my income and has a profound effect on my life. I just ask that anyone encountering this consider resisting the urge to download the work and suffice with the previews I offer on my own site. 
I’ve been publishing my work in JPEG format because I trust my readers not to exploit it, but if this keeps up I will have to publish in a non-downloadable PDF format that probably won’t be viewable on Macs [ed note: with a type of manga DRM that’s notoriously clunky and only works on certain operating systems]. At the very least, if you come across a free downloadable version, please don’t then spread it or publish it on your own site.

The posts he’s referring to tend to have hundreds of likes and reblogs. Once these bootlegs become ubiquitous, Ebisubashi stops getting paid for his work, and it becomes impossible for him to make art for a living. But you can break the chain! By just not reblogging. Reblogging a bootleg comic may seem like a small, meaningless gesture, but it directly counters the efforts of the artists whose work you’re enjoying. 
I won’t pretend that I can offer a complete solution to the problems of accessibility through our small (but earnest!) efforts at MASSIVE. Anne and I are passionately engaged in eliminating the divide between gay mangaka and English-speaking gay manga fans. We want to get so much more manga translated and published here— but it’s not a fast or easy process and we still have a long way to go.
In the meantime, artists like Ebisubashi are doing their best to offer their hard work to readers directly through sites like Digiket and BOOTH. Let’s support them wherever possible! 
♥ Graham

“if someone sees that it’s available for free they will think it only their due right to read it for free going forward”
This is the truest statement ever made about how the minds of people who read manga online for free think. I’ve had my own weird history with scanlations (both making and reading), and posting others work elsewhere, so I know that feeling. It’s also the sort of reason I have such a hate-on for piracy, among many others. So take that statement (And the whole post) to heart. If you recognise that behaviour in yourself, you need to learn from it. If you don’t, then learn from the whole post. It’s a whole thing.

gaymanga:

Don’t reblog.

When you see a complete manga or comic posted by someone other than the original artist, please don’t reblog. It’s one thing to privately enjoy a bootlegged work and another to publicly advance its spread. I try to refrain from getting negative about piracy on this blog, but it saddens me when I see it directly affecting artists who I love. 

Seizoh Ebisubashi is a truly freelance, full time gay manga artist. He left G-men last year to pursue an independent career in this niche within a niche. Ebisubashi voluntarily shares a boatload of his artwork on Tumblr in an effort to directly reach fans. Recently, he’d noticed a surge of postings by other users sharing his comics in their entirety. Here’s what he wrote about the subject in a Tumblr post last week. Translation by Anne Ishii:

"Hi. Nice to meet you, this is Seizoh Ebisubashi. I have a message concerning the manga you recently published on your Tumblr. I’m glad you were able to enjoy my manga but when you post it for free for anyone to download it seriously damages my ability to keep up paid publishing work and has a direct effect on my life. If you could at least read it on your own and not make it public, I’d be grateful."

I sent the above message to a Tumblr account that posted one of my works in its entirety. It’s not like it’s the first time this has happened. My stuff has been published without permission before, but it’s been work from magazines and compilations, scanned and uploaded, which isn’t to say it’s fine, but at least it’s limited in scope, and I reason to myself, it might serve as some kind of publicity for my complete works. Whereas this is the wholesale publishing of an entire story by one person—three volumes—and if someone sees that it’s available for free they will think it only their due right to read it for free going forward. It cuts directly into my income and has a profound effect on my life. I just ask that anyone encountering this consider resisting the urge to download the work and suffice with the previews I offer on my own site. 

I’ve been publishing my work in JPEG format because I trust my readers not to exploit it, but if this keeps up I will have to publish in a non-downloadable PDF format that probably won’t be viewable on Macs [ed note: with a type of manga DRM that’s notoriously clunky and only works on certain operating systems]. At the very least, if you come across a free downloadable version, please don’t then spread it or publish it on your own site.

The posts he’s referring to tend to have hundreds of likes and reblogs. Once these bootlegs become ubiquitous, Ebisubashi stops getting paid for his work, and it becomes impossible for him to make art for a living. But you can break the chain! By just not reblogging. Reblogging a bootleg comic may seem like a small, meaningless gesture, but it directly counters the efforts of the artists whose work you’re enjoying. 

I won’t pretend that I can offer a complete solution to the problems of accessibility through our small (but earnest!) efforts at MASSIVE. Anne and I are passionately engaged in eliminating the divide between gay mangaka and English-speaking gay manga fans. We want to get so much more manga translated and published here— but it’s not a fast or easy process and we still have a long way to go.

In the meantime, artists like Ebisubashi are doing their best to offer their hard work to readers directly through sites like Digiket and BOOTH. Let’s support them wherever possible! 

♥ Graham

if someone sees that it’s available for free they will think it only their due right to read it for free going forward”

This is the truest statement ever made about how the minds of people who read manga online for free think. I’ve had my own weird history with scanlations (both making and reading), and posting others work elsewhere, so I know that feeling. It’s also the sort of reason I have such a hate-on for piracy, among many others. So take that statement (And the whole post) to heart. If you recognise that behaviour in yourself, you need to learn from it. If you don’t, then learn from the whole post. It’s a whole thing.

(via whowasntthere)

October92014
October82014

This tumblr….

is transitioning into a personal one, to split itself from impending FEV stuff. Link to the new FEV tumblr, with new content, reworked old content, and continuations of themed posts (women of jump, et cetera), to come in the next couple days.

7PM
comicsalliance:

20 AWESOME COVERS FROM CLASSIC ‘SHONEN JUMP’
By Chris Sims
It’s no exaggeration to say that Shonen Jump is one of the cornerstones of manga. Since it started in 1968, the weekly anthology has given rise to some of the biggest titles in manga history, including One Piece, Dragon Ball, Yu Yu Hakusho, and more — and, judging by the covers, an awful lot of stories about baseball.
And I know that, because I just spent a good amount of time browsing an incredible Flickr gallery from Sao Paolo, Brazil’s Kami Sama Explorer Museum, where they’ve collected a massive amount of covers from Shonen Jump‘s 46-year history, going from the first issue in July of 1968 all the way up to 2009. It’s fantastic to see them lined up next to each other, because you can see the evolution of some of the most dominant styles in manga as you browse through, but there are also a lot of really great individual covers. So before you head over and take a look at the full gallery, check out 20 of my favorites below!
SEE THE SELECTION AT COMICS ALLIANCE

Chris Sims highlights some covers from stone-cold Shonen Jump legends, including Play Ball, Kochikame (and its weird dinosaur cover), One Piece, Dragon Ball and Wilderness Boy Isamu, as well as… Well, Big Gun and The Green Eyes, which were… Just terrible. Regardless of their quality though, this selection (and the related flickr gallery, which I’ve used plenty of times myself for the FEV podcast) are well worth the look.

comicsalliance:

20 AWESOME COVERS FROM CLASSIC ‘SHONEN JUMP’

By Chris Sims

It’s no exaggeration to say that Shonen Jump is one of the cornerstones of manga. Since it started in 1968, the weekly anthology has given rise to some of the biggest titles in manga history, including One Piece, Dragon Ball, Yu Yu Hakusho, and more — and, judging by the covers, an awful lot of stories about baseball.

And I know that, because I just spent a good amount of time browsing an incredible Flickr gallery from Sao Paolo, Brazil’s Kami Sama Explorer Museum, where they’ve collected a massive amount of covers from Shonen Jump‘s 46-year history, going from the first issue in July of 1968 all the way up to 2009. It’s fantastic to see them lined up next to each other, because you can see the evolution of some of the most dominant styles in manga as you browse through, but there are also a lot of really great individual covers. So before you head over and take a look at the full gallery, check out 20 of my favorites below!

SEE THE SELECTION AT COMICS ALLIANCE

Chris Sims highlights some covers from stone-cold Shonen Jump legends, including Play Ball, Kochikame (and its weird dinosaur cover), One Piece, Dragon Ball and Wilderness Boy Isamu, as well as… Well, Big Gun and The Green Eyes, which were… Just terrible. Regardless of their quality though, this selection (and the related flickr gallery, which I’ve used plenty of times myself for the FEV podcast) are well worth the look.

(via twentypercentcooler)

October62014
September12014

remilia-needs2weewee:

latest persona 5 trailer

(via kucingila)

10AM
cjiwakura:

Astute readers should note the P5 MC goes to ‘Shujin HS’ or something close to it.

So literally Prisoner High School. Theming right out the gate, huh.

cjiwakura:

Astute readers should note the P5 MC goes to ‘Shujin HS’ or something close to it.

So literally Prisoner High School. Theming right out the gate, huh.

August182014

therevtimes:

No. 168 “The Unarmed” 

Rest In Peace…

to Michael Brown, John Crawford, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell And the countless other lives that have been taken away from this world due to prejudice.

And an honor to the many people in Ferguson standing up, fighting, hoping that some kind of justice can be had in the midst of chaos.

The Revolutionary Times being on fucking point, whilst also bringing just the right amount of levity to help fight the horrors going on now (or every day, even). Quality.

7PM

I’m not much of one for buying toys, but seeing that Space Adventure COBRA has a selection of its most memorable characters as figma…. Well, I need that injected into my veins, really. Look at those beautiful monsters. How didn’t I know that they existed until now?

(pictures from goodsmile: Cobra, Bowie, Lady)

July142014
This week’s episode of Friendship! Effort! Victory! is in re-records and edits, and should be up tomorrow. It’s a bit of a rare treat, coming one week after the last one, and is about Kouhei Horikoshi's notable flop Barrage (or Barrage of the Battle Star if you’re in the east).
It’ll be an interesting one, because it’s a pretty middling comic at best, yet its position as one of the first times Viz Media took a chance on licensing a comic DAY ONE, back when International Weekly Shonen Jump was just Shonen Jump Alpha. I mean sure we were still running two weeks behind back then, but that doesn’t lessen how big a deal Barrage is to western audiences.
…. Even if it sucks.

This week’s episode of Friendship! Effort! Victory! is in re-records and edits, and should be up tomorrow. It’s a bit of a rare treat, coming one week after the last one, and is about Kouhei Horikoshi's notable flop Barrage (or Barrage of the Battle Star if you’re in the east).

It’ll be an interesting one, because it’s a pretty middling comic at best, yet its position as one of the first times Viz Media took a chance on licensing a comic DAY ONE, back when International Weekly Shonen Jump was just Shonen Jump Alpha. I mean sure we were still running two weeks behind back then, but that doesn’t lessen how big a deal Barrage is to western audiences.

…. Even if it sucks.

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