Page 35: Happiness and Loneliness
Page 35: Happiness and Loneliness
Miura: My name is Miura, and I recently joined the company. Nice to meet you!! // Don't I look familiar?
Saiko: Pardon me?
Miura: Haha that's fine / I've seen the two of you around the office a lot / like when you guys and Fukuda-kun barged into the office!
Saiko: Anyway, please come in
Miura: Thank you!
Miura: What!? / You already have a work space? That's great!
Saiko: I had a relative that was a mangaka so I inherited it...
Hattori: So this is Kawaguchi Taro's work space...
Miura: Ohh a relative? How are you paying the rent?
Saiko: Oh it's very cheap, we only pay the utilities really...
Miura: That's great! That means we don't have to worry about determining the costs to rent a room when discussing your contract / great great!!
Takagi: What's this guy's deal?
Hattori: Let's not get ahead of ourselves, let's first talk about the handover
Miura: Oh, yes
Hattori: I will not be your editor for "Gitantei TRAP" , it will be Miura
Miura: I'm happy to be working with you
Hattori: It's inevitable. You guys know that I'm the editor for the recent series, "Tarakone" right?
Saiko: Yes, we're aware
Hattori: And "ONE PIECE" has transfered over to me as well. It's too difficult to try to transfer these two over to someone else at this point. / That's why I had to transfer "TRAP" to Miura
Takagi: But we've worked together up to now...
Takagi: Do you have to switch no matter what?
Hattori: It's a common thing
Just the other day, a long-time mangaka came into the office to directly petition the handover of his editor
Mangaka: But it's a story we worked together on, please reconsider
Editor: I understand but what's done is done, I'm sorry
It was a decision the chief editor and assistant chief editor had already made and there was no way of overturning it, so the chief editor had to convince him of it
Miura: I remember that! / There's no way a rookie like Ashirogi Muto can protest! // it's okay, I'll work hard too!! You guys can come with a bang!!
Saiko: He seems to have the enthusiasm...
Takagi: Are we going to be okay switching editors...?
Saiko: I'm glad to be working with you too...
Takagi: As am I...
Miura: Yeah, good!
Hattori: Ok, so now I'll leave you guys to talk // take care of them, Miura
Miura: Ok // Hattori-san is acting like editor handovers aren't a big deal / but to tell you the truth, he tried to fight to remain your editor last night and got in trouble
Saiko and Takagi: Hattori-san...
Keeping up a series is hard work // good luck to you guys, Ashirogi Muto
Saiko: Excuse me! // Hattori-san
Saiko and Takagi: Thank you very much for helping us // Thank you very much!
Hattori: Let me read a great manga, alright?
Saiko: Of course!
Takagi: Please do!
Hattori: See ya
Saiko: This is just another hurdle... / a hurdle that we have to overcome as professionals... // my uncle told me about how it's inevitable that editors change // and how it takes some time to get used to the new one...
Saiko: They also say, "editors are hit or miss" / Hattori-san was definitely a hit
Miura: Hey hey, are you saying I'm a miss?!
Takagi: Oh, no...
Miura: It'll be fine! I'm still 23, so let us young guys work hard together!
Takagi: Uh yes
We were both happy that we're getting serialized but lonely that Hattori-san wouldn't be working with us anymore, but our enthusiasm to work hard kept getting stronger
Takagi: That much? // We get that much from a yearly contract?
Miura: It's too much for you high school kids! / Usually we can negotiate for some more in order to find a work space, but you guys don't need it! So I won't give it to you! // So for one page, you get 12000 yen and color pages are 1.5 times that
Takagi: what? / I heard newbies only make 9000 yen
Miura: That's for one shots, series get 12000 yen / you don't have to respond to each thing I say, so just listen! // "all publishing rights belong to Shueisha" / so you can't draw anything for another magazine...that's about it!
Takagi: We don't even have time to write for another magazine...and we don't want our series to end within the year if we're making a yearly contract
Miura: Oh right! / I'll bring the formal contract next time, so you have to sign it then
Miura: And as for your assistants / there's one pro-level candidate named Ogawa-kun, but I don't know any other people that would make good candidates
Miura: Do you know anyone or have any friends that could do it? / anyone who can draw manga
Saiko and Takagi: Ishizawa?
Ishizawa: Wanna see?
Saiko and Takagi: no no there's no way
Miura: Well, anyone can do beta* or tone** so if you can just find one person to help it would be great
*beta: painting parts black
**tone: sticking special background images
Takagi: How about Miyoshi?
Saiko: That's our last resort
Miura: Ok! I'll do something about it! // aside from the highly skilled person, it might be nice to choose 2 young people based on personality!
Takagi: How much do we have to pay the assistant?
Miura: Oh, that's important! 10000 yen a day / if he works four days, that's 160000 yen a month / but for a highly skilled one, about 380000 yen a month
Takagi: 380000 yen!?
Miura: That's pretty much the norm but he'll have the skills to be up to your level and he'll also be able to manage the other assistants // Plus, you have to pay for transportation and food / you guys will be in the red until the comic comes out! / if the series ends at 10 weeks, you're stuck in the red! / That's what they say, but you guys have a work space with cheap rent so you guys should be okay!
Takagi: Please don't speak such foreboding words when we're about to start a series!
Miura: Oh right! My bad! // anyway, is it okay for people to stay here?
Saiko: Uh, there's only one room // My uncle used to draw gag-manga so his 2 assistants would come in the afternoon and leave the next afternoon / so there's only room to nap...
Miura: What!? Your uncle was at the level of using assistants?
Saiko: Yes, his name was Kawaguchi Taro
Miura: WOW!! THIS IS KAWAGUCHI TARO'S WORK SPACE!? WOW!! // I USED TO READ "SUPER HERO LEGENDS"!! THAT MANGA WAS BORN HERE! // YOU'RE KAWAGUCHI TARO'S NEPHEW? THAT'S AMAZING! / I'M GETTING PUMPED ABOUT THIS MANGA NOW!
Saiko: I don't think my uncle being Kawaguchi Taro has anything to do with this... // I wonder if we'll be okay with Miura-san...
Miura: Ok! So as long as we have futons here, assistants can stay over since you guys go home to sleep right? / we'll give the assistants their own key and you guys will just have to remove any valuable items from this place
Miura: As for the schedule, the deadline is two weeks before JUMP's sale date / that means we should have 2 chapters ready by the time JUMP is on the bookshelves on Monday / But ideally speaking, we should have it ready by Friday!
Miura: So, we've got 4 series starting and "TRAP" is the 3rd one to start of the 4, so your first deadline is February 11th
Miura: The first story should be 58 pages, the second story 25 pages, but you should ignore the schedule and finish them as soon as possible / but the fourth story shouldn't be finished too soon because we want to know what the reader survey says / and is it okay to start hiring assistants in the new year?
Saiko: Yes... // he's pretty organized and has everything under control, maybe he actually is a pretty good editor
Miura: Any questions?
Takagi: We know that Arai-sensei and Ibaraki-sensei are both a starting new series but we don't know anything about Hiramaru-san
Miura: I actually have never met Hiramaru-san either, but I hear he's a mangaka that used to be a salaryman
Takagi: An ex-salaryman?
Miura: He suddenly quit his job at 26 and started drawing manga / Hattori-senpai even said that he's another type of genius next to Niizuma-kun
Saiko and Takagi: A genius!?
Miura: Niizuma-kun used to read manga when he was a kid and has drawn a lot / but Hiramaru-san hadn't read manga until recently and even though he's always had artistic talent to begin with, the first manga he ever was good enough to make it as an entry in the Treasure Awards
Miura: The whole editorial staff think it might be the most anticipated series / and I thought it was good too! // He has real world experience, so he might be able to produce results that surpass Niizuma Eiji!
The most awaited... // good... // surpass Niizuma Eiji...
Miura: It's fine!! It's slightly gag-style so it won't be similar to your manga at all // and manga isn't about comparing one from another! Each one is determined if they're good or bad as individual pieces!!
Takagi: I agree with you completely, we'll put our souls into our manga
Saiko: He says some convincing stuff // he gets it, and now I'm getting pumped
Miura: OK! AND YOU GUYS ARE YOUNG ABOVE MORE THAN ANYTHING! WORK YOUR HARDEST UNTIL YOU HIT A WALL!! / LET'S DO IT!
Takagi: Uh, I don't think we should hit a wall...
Miura: Oh right! My bad!
Saiko: Which is he...he's not a bad person... // but...
Miura: One more thing, Januar 17th is the new year party
Saiko and Takagi: New year party!?
Saiko: I've seen the comment "At the new year party..." on many mangaka's comments so I've known about it but / we get to go too?
Miura: Yeah! Anyone who has a new series can attend!
Takagi: Are all the mangakas with series coming?
Miura: Of course! Anyone who doesn't attend will be punished unless they couldn't come due to an extreme circumstance!
Takagi: I'm happy...but also really nervous!
Saiko: It's beyond nervousness...
Miura: There's no need to be so nervous! Hattori-senpai and Niizuma-kun and I will be there too!
Miura: Anyway, I'll have a car come pick you up on the 17th, should it come here?
Saiko and Takagi: A car!? No, we will go by train!
Miura: It'll be problematic if you guys get lost or something and come late, and I'm the one who gets in trouble if I don't get you a car! / You guys are serialized mangakas, you're allowed to act more proud!
Saiko: Where is the location?
Miura: I haven't heard yet, it's probably around Aoyama in a fancy place / I hear that most mangakas don't even know where it is and the drivers just take them there / since attendance is required, they have no choice
Serialization, an editor handover, a contract, assistants, the new year party - they're all too real and I suddenly realized that I had become a professional and I was suddenly filled with anxiety and hope at once
Starting the next day, I started to draw the 1st chapter
Miyoshi: Why not!?
Takagi: Of course not!
Miyoshi: What about small tasks or making tea? / I can be a gofer or make dinner
Takagi: No! It's going to be a work space of 5 guys!
Miyoshi: What about Christmas?
Takagi: I bet I can't do anything...
Saiko: You should at least see her for Christmas, as long as you do the name before then
Takagi: No, I can't be slacking off if Saiko is working / I can't unless you say you'll go on a date with Azuki too
Saiko: Sorry, Miyoshi...
Takagi: We got our own series but it gets tough for us now / there's no way that all four out of four mangas will be serialized for a long time / this is the most important time for us
Miyoshi: Fine, I understand
Shuujin really did work on Christmas Eve
Takagi: You don't have a girlfriend do you?
Miura: If I did, I wouldn't be working on Christmas Eve! I'd forget about work!
Takagi: I have one though
Miura: What! How dare you take that attitude with someone older than you!
We were worried at first about the new editor but upon seeing Shuujin getting along with him, those feelings of anxiety disappeared
Miura: I think that's good for today, and don't forget to think about rivals for the character! Rivals!
Miura: Oh, Mashiro-kun I'm thinking about bringing by the assistants on Sunday, how's it sound? / just a meet and greet
Saiko: Okay, a few pages are ready already anyway
Miura: This is the rumored Ogawa-kun / he's going to be the chief assistant, he looks young but he's 31, right?
Takagi: I didn't hear about any girl coming here! You implied they were all guys
Miura: It shouldn't matter, guy or girl! I finally found 2 assistants that have had experience with a shounen and shoujo manga! // or what? You can't focus with a girl around? You're so young!
Takagi: That's not it! // I told you I have a girlfriend, right?
Miura: So what?
Takagi: So it's complicated...
To be continued...
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