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Were the 3 weeklys, Jump, Sunday and Magazine always at the size that they are today?
Jump with 20 series, Magazine with +-30 series and Sunday with 25 or have there been some changes?
If so what would you guess is the reason for instance that Jump doesn't increase their series number to 24 or 25?
First of all I never realized that both Sunday and Magazine had that many series..
According to wiki Sunday has 27, Magazine 28 and JUMP has 21.
I don't think JUMP should change its number of run series from 21 to 25 or something like that, its one of the few manga magazine which circulation has rose (If only a little bit) so as the saying says "If its not broken, don´t fix it".
My guess is that its due to JUMP policies of cutting the series that don´t rank too hot early on their run. That way they only get the very best (In the opinion of the TOC voters) continue to run on JUMP.
Maybe its Sunday and Magazine that should try to reduce the number of series and make more strict requirements for authors to publish or focus more on the votings?
Bleach color pages are fantastic, other than Bleach hate I can't understand why anyone would dislike them. They are always well drawn, well composed, and creative. I think that Naruto and Sket Dance are the only current manga with better color pages.
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R4n very late, they got angry, have send C&D letters and it all happened months ago.
Scanlations exist because there are raw providers... in that sense RAWs are the root of evil and scans are the unwanted bastard children.^^ You would be shocked to know how many japanese visit international scanlation sites. Over 50% of the visitors on my old hentai blog *cough* came from japan. Free is free, it's not like they are different from us in that aspect.
edit: need to stop watching something while writing posts... what Kaiten wrote.
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Shounen Jump Issue #51 contents
Nevermind, I made a mistake.
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If it is coming out next week it had to go to press and ship in order to guarantee it is in stores next week. What I said earlier about Jump applies to all magazines. They can not print and ship a few days before release, they need to give themselves enough time for copies to move from warehouse to truck to store no matter what the destination. And they have to have copies ready early enough that unexpected problems do not prevent copies from being on the rack the second stores open for the morning commute on the day of official release. Whether Jump, Magazine, SQ, or NEXT spoilers have been coming out up to a week in advance for years now, even before scanlations came out so early.
The other problem I have is that they don’t excite me. Like I said the characters simple pose(like for a picture). They don’t have that energy behind them.
I mean look at “old” Bleach color: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
They weren’t only colorful and stylish but they had also certain energy. He still does sometimes really good CP but a lot of them are for me mediocre.
It is hard to describe what I mean with “energy”. Art is mostly subjective.
There are a maximum of four volumes a year and 48 chapters for a weekly manga. While mangaka can earn more for a tankobon it is less reliable money. It is based on a percentage, income is dependent on sales, and sales decline over time no matter how popular a manga. Chapters are steady, weekly work and a reliable weekly pay check. If it were me and I had an opportunity to supplement my income while getting featured in the front or center of the magazine, I would not be one to turn it down. Not only is the money better, color pages increase prestige and exposure.
Oda is a great artists and his color pages are not bad, but they are nothing special either. He has been drawing the same splash for a decade now, his drawing style shows almost no variation, his choice of colors are usually uninspired, and his splashes are to busy. He makes crowded panels work but spread over two pages it's a bit of overload. Bakuman color is fantastic, I almost forgot about it. One of the best in the magazine, without a doubt.
I actually can't see any difference between new Bleach color pages and old. He still does everything well that he used to. Here are his last seven color pages:
Not only has he maintained previous quality, he has added some new tricks. A few pages use a sketchier, more impressionistic style, for example. He also demonstrates an outstanding sense of design and composition; there is a always a good sense of motion, nice balance, understanding of focal points, perfect use of color, and considerable amount of variety from one page to another. Plot quality aside his color pages shows an understanding of art and design that goes beyond manga. To many mangaka are good at drawing manga but have little understanding of art beyond comics.
Art is not subjective: it is a discipline, there are standards on how to create specific visual and psychological effects. Whether painting, sculpture, comics, or typography when something necessary is missing it is immediately apparent. There are many ways to make objectively good art, many different styles, many ways to move beyond conventions. But none are subjective, as with any other craft or discipline art works with a specific set of goals in mind. Taste may be subjective, but there is no accounting for taste nor does it make a work good or bad. If art is subjective Van Gogh would remain unknown. He died virtually unknown, his paintings having failed to find buyer or audience.
What Kaiten said was in most cases...obviously there are exceptions to everything. Like a manga (Kochi Kame is a good example) could run more than one chapter in a single issue. But generally what he said is correct.
Basically, if you're doing 20 pages a chapter, you'll usually have enough material for a volume after 9 chapters. At 48 chapters a year, that gives you enough material for 5.3 volumes per year. At 18 pages a chapter, it'll be ten chapters before you have enough material, leaving you with enough for 4.8 volumes per year. So in the first case you end up with 5 volumes/year usually with an occasional 6th volume, and in the second, You'll start with 4 volumes/year for the first year, then usually have 5 volumes. Series with less than 18 pages a chapter for weekly series are not common to my knowledge.