Friday, July 14, 2017

Exposing the Independent: Manga Dojo

Apologies for the lack of activity, but I have an idea for a new blog post. Remember Inkblazers (formerly No? Well, to those out of the loop, Inkblazers was formerly one of the well known platforms for digital webcomics where users could upload and publish their works independently. There were others like it (some like Smackjeeves that are still around to this day) but Inkblazers was in my opinion, the best platform and the most ambitious. However, financial woes eventually killed the giant and there has not been another prominent successor akin to it since.

I, myself was part of the community. Briefly, actually. I joined during its last few months and uploaded some of my older works. Since then, I've migrated to Mangablues, another indie comic site. However, Mangablues eventually suffered the same fate (I never did report this) and now I've gone and stumbled upon another comic-hosting website.
While there are plentiful of alternatives around for webcomics, none of the current ones actively dedicates itself to manga. By now, I've found manga-style-specific platforms for the indie scene to be quite risqué whereas a more inclusive platform would be more lucrative for increased viewership and community growth. This is how sites like Tapastic (now rebranded as "Tapas") got bigger when the indie manga artists migrated over. 3rd time's the charm, I suppose?

Enter Manga Dojo (MD). The site itself is currently in beta and while I can't seem to find the date of creation, MD has been around since 2015 (according to Google+ account).

For general users, save for commenting or interactivity, no account is required for reading. For creators, there seems to be a structured process for comic submissions and quite a bit of community features advertised (e.g. critique tools, visitor report, and more to come).

I can't pull the numbers out of its total userbase, but the main page seems diverse, albeit as organized as Tumblr or Google+, so it's a bit messy. Navigation nevertheless was easy as comics can be sorted by category, genres, fan-work/crossover, etc. in conjunction with the default search bar.

For people who sign up, there is a social networking aspect where one can follow artists, send comments, and request commissions.

So far, MD looks to be growing a decent foundation for an interactive platform.  Even so, serious creators may have to wait as it's still too early. Monetization has yet to be implemented and will utilize a currency called Ryo. A karma system is also in the works and is apparently akin to the one used on Ebay (sourced from the comment section of Feature Overview by MD admin).

I'm hoping that a community forum is also to be planned, or even a sub-Reddit if needed, for discussion and feedback other than MD's social network pages.

I am genuinely eager as it kinda reminds me of Inkblazers in a bare-bones kind of way. It still has a lot to grow on and although it won't be the platform that I'll publish chapter 1 on, I'll be happy to interact with and be a part of its community.

**Since I haven't used the site extensively, this blog post is subject to revision in the future**

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Creating Another Facebook Page, My Goals Torward Comic's Platform, Distribution, and Pricing


My previous Facebook page a while back was put in limbo following the deletion of my alternate Facebook account by their No-Fun police. Facebook is still thriving and I enjoy the multitude of shitposts, memes, and degenerate communities on the platform. In order to expand my comic's notoriety I will be once again, upholding another art page for the Chopsuey brand. It will be like a fresh start, a clean slate to a new beginning. Of course, with more concentrated degeneracy than before.

Next, I don't remember if I have ever discussed the distributive plans of my comic once chapter 1 is complete. The current goal is to be indie and digital first and foremost. I will try to submit chapter 1 onto multiple popular online reading platforms such as Amazon, Kobo, Google, iTunes, etc. and even abroad on Manga Reborn in order to make it as available as possible. Will print be considered? Probably not on a chapter-by-chapter basis, but when I start having volumes, then definitely, but that is a subject to be discussed much later in the future.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Strain of College on Progress, Thoughts About Junichi

Greetings my fellow degenerates! I just want to fill people in on how things are going, given the lack of progress updates and the shamefully slow speed I have been moving at. As only a close internet buddy knows, I am a fulltime college student majoring in nursing. Much of my time is allocated to my studies given that this is my last and most tumultuous year. As much as I would like to dedicate more time to making the comic, there are currently other priorities I have to handle first until I graduate and find a job. I know there is no hype and I accept that as my own failure, but know that I have not given up and at least aim to finish this damn first chapter by early summer.

Next on the list, the topic of the character Junichi has been one of personal conflict for a very long time. Admittedly, I had no concrete idea on his design, story, and even at one point, almost decided to omit him entirely from the story because of how shoehorned he felt. However, I think I may have finally come to terms with a concrete design that I have sketched and posted online earlier.


It is nothing fancy, but something that I myself can imagine being a bit more memorable than a baby-faced Spike Spiegel knockoff or an ugly thug. Nothing is finalized and I will continue to articulate his design further on. In regards of his story, it is still being fleshed out, but I do have a solid foundation on his backstory due to it being interconnected with Mitsuru's. It is what he does presently in the story that is difficult for me to make both interesting and convincing (regardless of an alien girl protagonist and an underground fashion model fighting ring). What I have in mind in contrast to the other three is a character who is more grounded and relatable to everyday life. While not a stoic protagonist like common shonen heroes, he is a character that realistically struggles and endures guilt both mentally and physically. However, I would be willing to take more ideas for the character and discuss it below in the comments.

Tell me, what kind of protagonist should Junichi be like? I could spoil details on request since it is all only on paper (metaphorically speaking).