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I’m still feeling really emotionally drained from writing the whole second half of the assistant story in a matter of weeks. It sure did a number on my emotions. Did I mention that my brother came to stay all of last week with his two very very young and very hyper kids? I somehow still managed to write, while playing sitter and big sister. Whew! I can’t complain, though. They are cute!
So, today I’m going to take it light. I promised a short forgotten story, didn’t I? Heheh..
While writing this whole thing down, I occasionally remembered something– a fact, a bit of an interlude or story– that I’d forgotten to include. I have a whole list of them now, all of which are going to go in the book, of course. 🙂 But here’s one of them for you, right now now! 🙂
Working as an assistant on The Prince of Tennis, omake #1:
This took part during the first or second time that Su-chan came into the studio. She didn’t stay with us very long, which makes it a bit of a shame that I forgot to tell this story!
We were working on chapter 1, and suddenly I turned around to see where a sudden laughing was coming from. Tamusho, behind me, also turned around, and both of us looked over at where Su-chan and Kawia-san were conferring at his desk.
“What is it?” I asked, shuffling over sleepily.
Su-chan’s hands flew to cover her piece of paper and she looked away sheepishly.
Okay. Now I HAD to see it. I pried it out of her hands, and what I saw was this:
I should mention that Sensei was not in the studio at the time. It was also pretty late at night.
“What do you see?” she asked, giggling.
“Uhh…” I looked at Kaiwa-san, but he wouldn’t tell me. It was just a tennis bag that went over a character’s shoulder…. right?
“Well, it’s just a tennis bag, BUT!!” She turned the page on its side.
“It looks like a bra!!” She said, dissolving into laughter. “That’s why I drew a chest in it.”
Welcome to the only (?) appearance of bras in The Prince of Tennis.
You’re welcome! 😉
I’ve been keeping a list of little things like that that I forgot to write about! I suppose that’s my next task: writing them down and figuring out where they go in the story. And then the entire thing needs a nice good edit by me before I send it to my real editor. 🙂
Which brings me to publishing.. Part of the reason that I’m doing this is because a book is just really neat! I also think that this book might be able to reach more people, and maybe help a few more people believe in themselves. Or just to get a behind-the-scenes look at what it is like working in a manga studio! 🙂
I also want to learn how to publish. Even if I have to start at the very beginning and learn as I go, I want to know how to do it, and what better way to learn than with your very own book?
I could do a kickstarter. I have gotten a few requests to do that, and it’s something that I’m willing to consider. I’m not sure if I want to go that route just yet. Maybe? But I’d sort of like to tackle this in a more head-on approach. Hmm….. what should I do?
I was thinking of using CreateSpace as a printing house. Ideally, after the book was 100% ready, I’d take preorders for signed copies, and then order X many books. This way, I can sign and maybe sketch inside of them for everyone! I can reorder any quantity and any time, so I feel like that would work well for a first book! It would also be available (unsigned) on Amazon.com, and as an e-book. I will definitely look into book distribution if it goes well. I already have a company in mind, even!
What do you guys think?
Oh. And why do I want to learn how to publish from the ground up? That’s because I want to make a manga magazine some day, made up of creators from all over the world. I believe that the world needs more manga, and you don’t have to be Japanese or live in Japan to make it!!!
As I’m only experienced with the drawing side of manga, the publishing side is something that I don’t really understand well. But I want to. I want to start learning, so that in a few years, I could seek out the best new talents in the world and make a wonderful magazine featuring all of them!
Please leave me your comments! I’d love to hear your opinions! I don’t know a lot about marketing either, but if I can push myself and learn these skills, then maybe I can help make the dreams of a lot of aspiring artists come true! What do you think? *^-^*