Now everyone has heard of doujinshi. A new work created by favorite artist, or a re-creation work of favorite work...For those otaku, doujinshi is nothing short of their spiritual food that makes otaku activities colorful.
This time I'd like to introduce you the "creators" behind those attractive doujinshi.
You refer the article here for doujinshi and doujinshi events!
"Doujinshi"! What is that??
What is Comiket?
A doujinshi event is a platform where doujinshi is distributed. Although it is called "doujinshi", it is not limited to the form of books, but also includes products such as goods and CDs.
It is now common for readers to pay for a doujinshi, but the origin was "people with similar interests" exchanging their creations. For this reason, they still use the term "distribute" instead of "sell."
Doujinshi is not a commodity, so anyone who loves it can create it! Even if not good at painting or technical skills, and the plots are naive, clumsy, I want to show it to my like-minded friends anyway! If you think in the same way, try joining a circle.
Doujinshi convention is held very frequently in Japan. And any high school and over living in Japan can apply to join the circle!
Let's try to make something to distribute!
How to make a photocopy book
Entrusting a printing company can bring you a beautifully bound doujinshi, but the printing fees are quite high. In addition, the data creation is very difficult, such as the lines of the tone, bleed and page numbering. Since it's the first time for you to participate, you may be worried what if you make too many books and can't sell them? But printing a small number of books will cause high fees. In this case, a photocopy book is the best way!
A photocopy book is a homemade doujinshi printed and bound by a print machine at places like convenience stores.
Print a two-sided original on A4 or B4 paper, fold it in half and bind it with a stapler. Then an A5 or B5 booklet is done! By this way, you only need to pay for copying fees, and the deadline can be controlled all by yourself. The said advantages making it very suitable for distributing small copies and small pages.
It is important to note that when you make a booklet, the reading order after binding must be considered as you create print data.
Since it’s a little complicated, I recommend that you try a trial printing at first!
In addition, the current printer in a convenience store can do “booklet printing”. If it has read the original in order, it will automatically print in the order for making booklets! So convenient!
Please refer to this page for “Booklet Printing”!
What is Muhai?
Muhai is short for "Muryou Haifu".
It refers to items that are distributed free, such as photocopy books with few pages, novelties like stickers and postcards, or doujin paper that introduce one's circle. Unlike those items distributed for fees, anyone can easily get them, so they are nice presents for those who have bought the book, as well as a good way of advertising and appealing to passersby!
Ok, now you can take your distribution and participate in an event!
Next time, I am going to explain something important about joining a circle. Please look forward to!
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