Article: Nobuyuki Kubouchi / Photography: Kazuki Miura / Editing: Hitomi Sakuma
Today, we're going to chat with Onoderasan about his first doujinshi and ask him his labors!
・The miscalculated book mountain
・The struggles with the resolution of manga works and the strives of printing
In this article, you'll find these stories and many more!
Moreover, in the second part of this interview, we'll provide some useful tips for all those who're struggling with the making of doujinshi... Approved by Onoderasan!
Deadlines approaching: it wasn't supposed to go like this
When I decided to start thinking about the storyboard, I was sure I could figure everything out as I drew the first draft. I soon realized that working on a 32-pages booklet was totally different than working with a single page. I was screwed. I had no idea how to gather my ideas, and before I could wrap my head around it, two weeks had already passed.
Onoderasan: Eventually, I was able to draw a couple of pages anew. Then four. Eventually, I wrapped it up at 10 pages, and decided I would use my previous work to fill up the 32-pages booklet... But alas, the 32-pages booklet turned out to be a 20-pages one. At this point, I was totally panicking. Finally, I managed to get to the lining phase...
Onoderasan: I was late on my schedule since from the storyboard stage, so at that time I had no other choice but to push through.
Another thing that happens quite a lot is forgetting the manuscript inside the copy machine of a convenience store. When you go back to get it, you never know if one of the clerks or another customer saw it... Honestly I just wish they burned it!
The resolution was too low, but it finally took shape.
Onoderasan: When I checked later, I found that those 4-koma comics were just about the size of a web banner. When creating something new, you should always think about how it will look once printed, otherwise things can get complicated. But that was my first doujinshi, so the resolution in the first half of the pages was completely different from the one in the second half. Browsing through the pages, I kept thinking "this book sucks...". That's what happens when you try printing something without knowing anything about printing. I just recently understood the concepts of printing gutter and cuts.
The hardships of estimating how many copies to print
All it takes is trying it once
Onoderasan: If you start creating your doujinshi after being selected for the Comiket, you're gonna run out of time and panic just like me, so please apply only after you're done with the manuscript. Only then you'll figure out your production pace. And don't make a habit out of paying the printing shop extra fees!! I'm serious!
Once your first doujinshi is done, you're going to figure out how much time your favorite authors spend creating their works and you're going to enjoy the doujinshi world even more!
It's all set! A strong ally for doujinshi creation
Based on Onoderasan's common contingencies related to doujinshi creation, Epson offered us advice on how to avoid mistakes and accidents by printing at home.
An ally to all doujin artists! Epson EcoTank Model
We would like to introduce the Epson EcoTank Model EW-M630TB/TW, which brilliantly deals with all the issues above.
・Clear black for sharp text and tones
・The EcoTank method cuts printing costs up to 90% (*2)
・Print one black&white page in approx. 4 seconds (*3)
Onoderasan gives the EcoTank model his seal of approval
"I thought printing doujinshi (copy-books and flyers) at home would be a cumbersome experience because of the costs and the hassle of exchanging cartridges. But if I can print so many copies for such a low cost... Does your company really make a profit with this!?" he ends up asking, shamelessly, to the Epson staff.