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Spindack
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Japanese webcomics (aka web-manga)?

 
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Does anyone here know if there are any Japanese web comics out there. Other than the beautiful stuff on sites like Deviant ART, which is technically more of a gallery.

 

I'm kind of wondering if any of the newer generation of Japanese artists draw webcomics like Americans often draw webcomics in the States. Or do they not exist? If they do exist, where does one find Japanese webmanga

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Wouldn't they kind of be pointless to you (assuming you can't read Japanese)?
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Not necessarily. While yes I could see the language barrier getting in the way for some, I've seen quite a bit of printed manga from overseas that's all in kanji. Someone gave it to me as a gift, and even though it wasn't translated like modern manga, it was all in kanji, but I still loved it for some odd reason. The art was still very amazing to look at. If it was Megatokyo level popular, like I'm sure it could be, I suspect some fan or professional online publisher would happy to translate like they do for all regular manga. I don't see why webcomics would be any different, but even if hey were, the language barrier never stopped me from appreciating manga before, when it wasn't all translated and I was still looking at it...I guess what I mean is, regardless of that I think it could definitely work if done by someone(s) the right way. IF they wanted to...

 

Generally speaking, everybody understands pictures, even people who can't read or don't know the language. It's mostly just the words that are only understood by certain people, be it English or Japanese. Because comics are very visual in nature, the artwork can speak to anyone who speaks any language at any given time. Even though I am mostly a writer, I've always believed ever since 96 or so that pictures really are worth more than words, at least on an international level.

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I recall something about it being a webcomic, but I could be wrong. Fanmade, everything's pencilled in. Should be read by all, webcomic or not. Translations aren't terribly hard to find, either.

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Well thanks. There's one.

 

I'll see if i can find it...

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isn't hetalia axis powers a web comic but then it was compiled into manga volumes?
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Spindack wrote:

I'm kind of wondering if any of the newer generation of Japanese artists draw webcomics like Americans often draw webcomics in the States.



Mmm...I suppose so. Although it's not the same thing.
Usually its just pages that artists release on their webpage (or wherever) before they compile it all into a doujinshi. If they plan to make it into a doujinshi, that is. I don't see why they wouldn't however..
It's often just fanart (frankly, since unlike in the west people can use copyrighted characters for profit in Japan), but I know a few artists who started out with originals. Bkub, for example.

.......or did he start with a Haruhi fancomic..? Aw, who cares.

Is this what you were asking about...?

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arrancar88 wrote:
isn't hetalia axis powers a web comic but then it was compiled into manga volumes?

Not certain. I assume it's one of the more mainstream titles, cuz I'm vaguely familiar with the anime/manga. I know of the title, but have never read/seen it actually...eh, I'll google it later...

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Actually, yeah kind of helpful. Quite insightful of a post on your part....I've always been into U.S. based indie print (and later) web comics. But I also like Japanese art on the web a lot. From the way you phrase it, it sounds like Doujinshi is the Japanese equivalent of indie/webcomics except it seems mostly based on pre-existing characters created by established creators. But yes, you're post has helped.
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I don't know man. Just looked it up. A book about a...wanker??? Kinda weird if you ask me...I'm more used to stuff like...oh I don't know. Bone, Cerebus, and JtHM. Sunday comics on crack and whatnot. Even Blankets. It had a wanking SCENE, but it is certainly not a book about a wanker. There's cool weird, and then there's sex content weird. Quite different if you ask me...
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Spindack wrote:
I don't know man. Just looked it up. A book about a...wanker??? Kinda weird if you ask me...I'm more used to stuff like...oh I don't know. Bone, Cerebus, and JtHM. Sunday comics on crack and whatnot. Even Blankets. It had a wanking SCENE, but it is certainly not a book about a wanker. There's cool weird, and then there's sex content weird. Quite different if you ask me...
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Ever watch Welcome to the NHK? It's like that, only better.

 

Sounds like a porno, and starts out as a silly Death Note parody revolving around fapping, but give me the benefit of the doubt. It's one of the best manga I;ve ever read.

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Hmm. WELL, I guess I could consider taking a look...I guess. Still it sounds kind of nasty in comparison to what I am used to....I suppose I can check out the scanlations....
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Glad I could help.


Spindack wrote:
it sounds like Doujinshi is the Japanese equivalent of indie/webcomics except it seems mostly based on pre-existing characters created by established creators.

A perfect way to put it.
For instance, two artists that I know of that started off small in this way but went on to bigger things would be Daioki (also known as Dioxin) and Utsura Uraraka.
The latter of course starting with a Haruhi fancomic, namely the Churuya-san comic. I can't remember well, but I think this originally started as just doodles on his webpage..? Anyway, it was of course compiled into doujinshi and later on was officially adapted into an anime, likely based on the popularity it acheived alone.
I've also seen his Dust-chan character (from one of his original comics) referenced in a few SHAFT anime. But then again what don't they reference..

And Dioxin started off as a Touhou doujin artist and is now publishing an original manga that I'm pretty sure is currently running in one of the Kirara magazines. Kirara being a pretty popular monthly magazine, that's gotten attention mostly due to its series that have been turned into anime (K-ON, Hidamari Sketch, GA..).

..Not sure why I brought those two up, but I think they migth be good examples. Also, Dioxin's been on my mind since recently I saw he did one of the illustrations for the sponser eyecatches you see at the end of an episode of Hidamari Sketch. It was rather interesting since I had a bit of a "Ah, I remember that guy when he was just doing Cirno doodles on his webpage..!" moment.

Granted, he's still doing doodles of Cirno on his webpage, but...
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Spindack wrote:
it sounds like Doujinshi is the Japanese equivalent of indie/webcomics except it seems mostly based on pre-existing characters created by established creators.


A perfect way to put it.

 


 

Thanks! Your posts have really helped me understand the nature of Doujinshi and what its all about. Makes me want to find out more about it.

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arrancar88 wrote:
isn't hetalia axis powers a web comic but then it was compiled into manga volumes?

 

 

I looked it up. Hetalia Axis Powers is indeed a Japanese webcomic that got turned into both a manga and anime. You are indeed correct sir....Just looked it up on Wiki

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