Let me show you some of my 4koma (about my life with cats).
Nao-p is my nick name my friend Mami Tachibana gave me. And I call her Mami-p. Of course it comes from Wedding Peach "Momo-p". No one calls me by the name except for her, but I love the 4 koma cartoon "Go Go Momo-pi (Gan-bare Momo-p)"(In the paperbacks) so I use it. :)
Oh, I'm a manga artist Nao Yazawa, and author of Wedding Peach, by the way. :)
These "comic strips" come from my 4-koma blog (in Japanese). You can see all of them in original here. If you have a request which 4koma will be next, tell me. :D http://yazawanao.blog97.fc2.com/
Coffee Party is a group by Nao Yazawa and Saeko Doile, and manga-comic In Search of Lost Coffee is our series. The second book was released on 20th Oct, Kaigai Manga Fest 2013(International comic fest). The project of the e-book version has started, and to make it more "International", I'd like to ask your contribution like the last time, In Search of Lost Coffee vol.1.(We get many illustrations of main characters, on the first volume of this series) The format of this time is... 4koma/8koma or 1page comic strip(with some panels or no panel, both are OK) using the characters, Croissant, Eclair, and Dango kun. You can use them all, 2 of them, or just only one. It's your choice. The reading direction is from left to right, in Western style. 2 page each. The first page should have your name on it, and other information which you'd like to add - such as your contact, introduction, comment, for instance.(in English) TIFfile The file size = 2050 X 1450 pixel Color(RGB)/Black and white(grey) Either one will be fine The deadline will be 15 Jan. 2014 (I'm sorry for the short notice!) Send the images to firstname.lastname@example.org the subject should be coffee-party. Join us, anyone can partake. If you have no idea about Coffee Party, you can read In Search of Lost Coffee 1 on the web, it's free. They are available via eManga(DMP) and Amimaru's FB/iPad app. And check Coffee Party FB page, you can get some images of the characters, especially about Dango, our new hero. I hope many contributors join our new book! If you have any question, send message or post to Cofee Party FB page. Thank you!
Examples 4koma(The reading direction is wrong, because this 4koma wasn't drew for this project)
1 page (no frame) It's a rough sketch, not finished work,
Eventually, it turns out because I made the setting in wrong way - (The limit of the file size is low in default configuration). It was OK after I changed the setting. I did a lots of things in vain. :/ Shinku Chitai/The Isolated Zone (Japanese Edition)
It seems I can't make kindle books without any trouble, every time...awww. X(.
The result is this....Shinku Chitai/The Isolated Zone (Japanese Edition)
I was so surprised that I found 1DL of this title at Amazon.de
I think it could be someone I know... WHO?
Shinku Chitai:The Isolated Zone 1 I think you may know about this work, because I posted some entries here, now and then. What I wrote mainly were about translation/lettering of English edition. Unfortunately, vol.2 English edition has no progress so far. I hope it will start again soon.
For a meantime, The Japanese Edition is going on - the vol.2 will be released on Dec.
my new KDP book is in review now. Shinku Chitai The Isolated Zone 1(Japanese Edition). I found the last (I hope it was the last) error and fix it. -.-; Vol. 2 will be released on Dec, so Japanese Kindle Edition is earlier than English one. I'd like to wait for the release of English version was first, but I have to quite it. I can't see when it would be.
I'm reviewing the English translation Itadaki! Panther (My next DMG title) .
The series was made for little girls (around -10 yo), so the dialogues are easy. Still, there are some misunderstandings. it seems you can't avoid it.
This time, I added some drawings and notes for the blank pages between the chapters and blank part of the manga (they were for ads' space) Many of these notes were from the Doujinshi version, it means they are for Japanese fans, especially the people who buy my Dojinshi. We share many information which foreign fans don't know. It seems very difficult to understand the notes without the context.
I didn't think about it when I copied the notes on this edition. Seems the review is not easy work unlike I thought first....
I received photos of the class on 1st Nov. from school today, so I posted them(2photos) on FBpage. Let me show you one of them. You get some idea how my class is like, using my original drawing as references.
I have had some classes recently, and they were short, and for beginners. They can't give me exact request because beginners have not particular idea about manga. I show them my drawings and explain what they can do, within the time they have.
More is better, I mean the example drawings. So I printed out some data I drew for "how to draw manga" books (by Chris Hart) They are nearly 70 pages, I didn't know I drew such many drawings for his books. I intended to file all of the printout and bring it to my class - but the files must be very heavy. Hm....
I didn't got all the books I contributed, but from the books he sent to me - they show you the tips of drawing manga/anime style characters. In that context, these books might work. But it doesn't show how to draw "manga". I've never seen the book which explains "how to draw manga" in English. That's one of the reason I'm interested in teaching manga. If nobody does, I will.
The winner of the present is Elizabeth! Congratulations. (read my post for the detail, Coffee Party New Book)
Thanks for applying for this competition and ordering CoffeeParty's book. ^^
Here is one more extra-4koma of In Search of Lost Coffee. ;D
The free campaign of GO GO NAO-P Kindle book has been over. There were 14DL, it was quite low compare with Japanese one, (it was 233, in Japanese edition vol.1) It shows how manga is common in our daily life, I guess.
Unlike him, I had a fruitless and busy day. Made mobi file again and again! X(
First, I designed the cover. I hated the process. I like to drawing manga, but I'm not a person who love to make books. When I needed to, like making Dojinshi, I have my great friend who designs the cover for me, my dear Mana! Because I have her, I've not learnt anything of the work.
I'd done somehow, then prepare tif files. It was supposed to be easy, making mobi file by KCC App.
I had to did it three times -
1 The file was too heavy to upload on Amazon. Do it again.
2 I reduced pixels of the images and it worked. I uploaded the file then write some details.. until I found something.
3 Because I reduced pixels of the images in a wrong way, there was a gap between the spread pages. Then there was a white line in the drawing on 2 pages. I did the work from the first step.
Now, I'm waiting the upload has been completed. I do hope it's OK now...
I had a phone from Manga School Nakano on 31st Oct, one day before the class. He said if I could come to the school and have a class on 1st Nov. Just happened to I could and I went, fortunately.
She came to the school and asked if she could have a class tomorrow because she saw the school's FB page which I made. (^_^) It was same with the others, but she was the first one who visited the school directly!
The student was a young women from Australia, during her sightseeing.
Although she was interested in manga, she didn't draw manga/ manga-like-drawing. She wanted to try drawing manga-like character.
I suggested to her drawing chibi. Drawing chibi is easier, compare with serious manga character. (It's difficult as well serious drawing f you did it in serious, but it's a good one for beginner)
They are her work during the class. I k
now from my experience, it is very difficult drawing manga-style characters (especially chibi. It is a kind of contradiction, but if you drew manga style character well, drawing chibi is different matter. I've sometimes found some - sort of awkwardness - from chibi drawings by people from West. It's funny thing, but east Asian people have a big advantage of it)
She didn't used to draw manga-like character, so it wasn't easy. Yet, she work hard and done very good job!!
My drawing for exｐｌａｎａｔｉｏｎ ＆ ｅｘａｍｐｌｅｓ．
*Notice* Kindle manga book in a free promotion Go Go Nao-P!
It's my 4koma (comic strip) which are collected from this blog with some columns. You can read all of them here, but having them as a book is not bad idea I think! It's free, anyway. ;)
The free campaign of Moon & Blood 4., Go Go Nao-P! Vol.1 and vol.2 was closed. They were Japanese books, but next free promotion is an English book, Go Go Nao-P! English edition.
It's from tomorrow, Nov.2 for 5 days. The books has 4koma (comic strip) which are collected from this blog with some columns. You can read all of them here, but having them as a book is not bad idea I think! It's free, anyway. ;)