February 2011 Chapters
For a little while now we’ve been thinking about doujin fan comics. Doujin, for those of you who don’t know, are amateur, unlicensed comics. In Asian countries such as Japan and Taiwan, they are extremely popular. There are entire conventions dedicated just to the sale of doujin. In Western countries, however, doujin are quite rare. A quick search on ebay shows that most doujin sell for about $30 USD, which is quite expensive, especially if you don’t speak the language they’re written in.
So we started thinking. What if we worked with doujin artists to translate their work and sell them internationally? We looked into copyright laws and what this would entail, then contacted Yu Wo and asked for her permission to translate and sell the doujin, since fan comics are considered a derivative work. Then finally, we started contacting a few doujin artists. And now we present to you our final, though still in-progress idea:
We will be translating and selling The Legend of Sun Knight doujin fan comics. At the moment we’ve reached an agreement with Yukisora to translate her LSK doujin fan comic, though we hope to work with more artists in the future. You can find some examples of the doujin’s pages below. The first doujin that we are selling is the re-drawing of The Legend of Sun Knight Volume 1 Chapter 1 into comic style.
The doujin is 24 page B5 size and it will sell for about $9 USD a comic, plus shipping and handling. Shipping fees will be about $2~$3 within the US, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. For readers not from the previously mentioned locations, you will be offered 2 choices: about $3 USD for un-registered post and about $4 for registered post (trackable). Please note that this is a rough estimation of shipping fees, it can be more or less depending on your location.
Payments will be done through Paypal. This will mean that you’ll be able to pay via credit card, debit card, and bank transfer. We will also accept money order and checks by post. Those who wish to pay by bank transfer should apply for a Personal Paypal account, and then nominate your bank account to verify the Paypal account. We do not accept direct wire transfers for now. For more information on linking abank account to Paypal, please go to this link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=xpt/Marketing/general/NewConsumerLink-outside and https://www.paypal-offers.com.au/addbankaccount.asp
Before we fully go through with this, we want to get an idea about how many of you will be interested in buying the doujin. If you know that you want to purchase the doujin when it comes out, please fill out this form: Order form. Please note that this is a PLEDGE TO BUY the doujin fan comic when it is published. If you are not totally sure that you want to buy one, please DO NOT fill out the form! Additionally, we can assure you no third party will be able to access private information such as email and location info that you’ve provided.
That being said, the first 15 people who sign will be given a 10% discount on this first doujin. Additionally, Yukisora has offered to draw a new cover for the doujin if 200 people sign up! So if you’re interested, please sign the pledge!
Order confirmation page: Link (The list will be updated every 5 minutes.)
Please note that you are NOT required to pay as soon as you sign the pledge. We won’t be accepting payments until around March or so. Also, we WILL NOT be looking for more staff, such as cleaners. Because we’ll be working directly with the artists when translating the doujin, we’ll have access to images without any text already on them, and hence won’t have need for cleaners.
More updates about the store will come later. Stay tuned!
In other news, PR!H and PR!D are doing well, and we’ve also garnered interest in a few languages, namely Russian and Vietnamese. If you speak either of these languages and are interested in helping out, please apply! (For detailed information, check out our Recruitment page.) As a reminder, we also have French and Italian translations that are in the works, but not quite enough to make a subgroup.
And finally, we now have two new proof-readers! Please welcome fatum and Mustsleep!
Happy Chinese New Year everyone!
—S.R and Eilinel