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Tenipuri omake time!

To see a list of all of the posts in this series, click here. (*^-^*)

It’s omake-time!

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? *^-^*

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Hi! This is Jamie Lynn Lano! I am a Washington State (USA) native who: ☆ Holds a Bachelors of the Arts in Media Arts & Animation from AiPx. ☆ Worked as an assistant mangaka in Japan for Konomi Takeshi on The Prince of Tennis. ☆ Was an essay columnist for Asahi Weekly from 2008-2013. ☆ Was the star of Asahi Pop'n Press on Asahi TV (Japan) from 2009-2013 ☆ Was a write for Metropolis magazine in 2010. ☆ Has kept a blog foreeeeeeeeever! First and Current blogs.


  • Jackie (Future Mangaka)

    I think it’s completely wonderful that you want to create a manga magazine for the future generations. So we’re counting on you to work hard and create the magazine! And I’ll (and every other person with the same dream) work hard in order for you to publish my manga! ^_^ Thank you for thinking of us and I hope everybody dream you have comes true!

  • Alesand

    This reminds me of my own aspirations, though I was thinking newspaper comic though I could attempt a manga and see how that works. I have a few ideas anyway. What do you think I should attempt first?

  • Roller

    I really hope you can turn this into a book. I would buy a copy and read it all again. I really enjoy your blogs/stories. Reading them makes me feel like I am right there with you! I will also buy your manga when that comes out!

  • Caroline

    Im starting a post grad publishing program from may to august so if I find out anything that could be of use to you I’ll definitely send it in your direction :).

  • ibi

    funnily enough, the thought of starting a manga magazine just like they have in japan has also crossed my mind, because as far as im aware of, nothing like the exists in the west. Just don’t have the slightest clue on how to get started, so i just thought forget it =/

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      There are a few! Shonen JUMP, Sparkler Monthly, Smile (discontinued), Shoujo Beat (discontinued). I’m sure that there will be even more! Of course, none of them have the presence that a manga magazine in Japan does, and that’s something that I aim to change. I want to try to break into the supermarket market– so that our magazines are sold right next to Red Book in ever supermarket and convenience store in the world! 🙂

      • Open

        Japan has a number of manga desgits with various stories from different authors. How does the submission process work for most manga publishers, and is it a different process from US or UK publishers? Do these companies accept new writers or do they require a writer with a track record? Do the majority accept finished stories from a writer/artist group or do some have an in-house artist that works with submitted scripts? Are there any guides on the subject of being published in the manga industry?

        • Jamie Lynn Lano

          Well, Japan has an established system that is very old and has been around for a long time, so they have infrastructure set up to accept many new manga submissions all of the time. US (and probably UK) don’t have that history, but there are certainly publishers who are open to submissions. I think that in both cases, as long as you have a finished manga to show them that is good, they won’t care whether you have experience or not.

          I’ve never heard of an in-house artist, I’m sorry. I think that your best bet is drawing it yourself or finding someone who can work with you to draw your story.

  • pixels

    I really enjoyed reading your posts. I never realized that Konomi-sensei is one heck of a procrastinator. I am a procrastinator myself, I admit, but sensei? Damn! I lost.lol

    “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!!!”

    That’s quite a grand dream, but possible! I’m supporting you all the way. 😀 I agree that there are so many good artists/story writers out there! If only I didn’t lose interest in drawing and could write a good story, I would love want to join. Char!xD

    Funny I was reading this: http://www.wikihow.com/Get-a-Job-in-Book-Publishing

    and remember: connections, connections, CONNECTIONS! You could ask some info to them and maybe they could introduce you to someone who is closely involved in publishing itself.

    Oh, and since there are so many people involved in the book, I believe you should let them know and ask permission (and give them a copy!!lol).

    Best of luck Jamie!

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      Yeah, not many people can beat him in the procrastination department, though I bet that there are some artists out there that come close! If we include authors, then George R. Martin beats him, hands-down! XD;;

      Thanks for supporting me! I would love for you to submit a story! It will probably be years before I am able to finance a magazine (perhaps, though, I will use a kickstarter for that?), so you have plenty of time to practice. 🙂

      I do know a few people already in publishing, so I will certainly be hitting them up for advice! As for the people involved in this book.. I’m never letting them know, lol. I used code names except for the editor and sensei, who are already public figures, so it should be okay. I figure that it’s my life, so there’s no problem. Plus, it’s in English and they’ll never be able to read it.

      Actually, I’m just scared. Since I don’t use their real names, it’s not a big deal, I think. 🙂

  • Miran

    Loved these Tenipuri stories SO much! Thrilled with just the omake ^^

    Sorry if I missed it, but was the reason Su-chan was fired ever revealed?

    And just a general question, is Momoshiro named after Konomi-sensei or it was just coincidence they have the same first name?

    Thanks for sharing your past journey with everyone! So how long exactly were you an assistant for?

    Looking forward to the next bit of writing!! 🙂

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      I’m pretty sure that I said that we were only ever told that she “wasn’t up to standards/wasn’t good enough.” Which is funny, considering that she went on to win a manga prize and working for one of the big magazines. I really wonder if maybe it was something else.

      I actually don’t know about Momo. I never even thought to ask! Since I worked well after Momo was created, I have no idea. Hmm….

      I was an assistant for 17 months, plus the extra time. So 1 1/2 years. 🙂

  • Elizabeth

    Do you particularly want to self-publish? Because you could just approach a publishing house or an agent? You do have a very very original story! Far more unusual than most of the ‘I lived in Japan’ books.

    Do you think you might need to get Konomi-sensei’s permission whichever route you pursue?

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      I definitely want to self-publish! Mostly, I want complete control over what’s in my book as well as I wan it out soon (within the next few weeks). I don’t want to waste all of the time and water my story down as much as another publisher would require. Plus, like you said I might have to get his permission with a publisher, and as it’s my story, I don’t think that I should have to ask.

      Maybe it’s a grey area, but I left out any personal details, so if a lot of unauthorized biographies can get away with it, I should be fine. 🙂 It’ll be great practice for when I am making my own manga magazine!

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