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September 2nd, 2013, 6:00 pm

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Really, what does happen when people studying abroad in Japan do so, just to become manga artists?
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zenmigawa
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Let me tell you a story of my people...

The seventh and last manga assignment: my graduation project. Despite the leaps and strides in progress I've made the last four years, I came into my last semester burned out from and disillusioned with manga - the pressure to meet deadlines, unrelenting criticism from teachers and editors, crushing self-doubt, and a complete lack of breakthroughs. (And this was only school, mind you!) I was ready to return to the States, and more than willing to forget the past four years ever happened to me.

But before that happens, I felt I needed to speak on behalf of the other students studying abroad in Japan, fueled by the dreams and admirations of the Japanese entertainment industry, only to slam face-first into a cruel thing called Reality. No one ever talks about their stories in depth, not even the teachers who've tried so hard to make the dreams of these foreigners a reality. A handful of foreigners succeed for a few years before returning to their home countries - the rest simply return straight back home, only to fade from the minds and memories of their Japanese environment.

There it was; I had one last mission to do before I disappeared myself. So I started writing...

27 pages, all digital, all Comic Studio EX. Drawing major inspiration from webmanga blog "AshiMeshi" and Hiromu Arakawa's agricultural comic essay "Hyakushou Kizoku."

Posted at August 30th, 2013, 6:21 pm

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Posted at August 22nd, 2017, 12:15 am

zenmigawa
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@WindowMaker: Ah, the Creative Commons license applies to the docu-manga itself only.

Posted at May 22nd, 2017, 7:39 pm

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WindowMaker
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Have read them all. While serveral of them are really fast-paced (which are normal for oneshots), they are really entertaining. Though, the most memorable episode for me is probably the first one (the talking crow and the bus driver); not many animals in comics talk life problems.

Anyway I'm curious, I saw CC-BY-SA badge on this page (version 3.0, I suppose). Did the license cover only this last documentary episode, or cover the entire series? Since I'm considering to do a fan art.

Posted at May 22nd, 2017, 3:29 am

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