davemerrill wrote:The dealers still show up every year and they still pay higher and higher rates for tables, so they must be making money on *something.* Ditto manga -there's an awful lot of scanlation of manga, but the physical volumes still sell.
TBH I am upset at Japanese companies and entangled publishing contracts involving print and digital rights not enabling the global translation and thus not licensing as many ePubs as they could've at the time. Many authors lost income and it's not like mangaka are time-free! They have not been compensated by torrenting and it has hurt incomes of artists and creators for so long. It is getting a bit better now but it will take more time to help patch the damage caused.
DKop wrote:I think I said this on a thread or post long ago, but I do have an idea on doing my own documentary, but I want it to be about how the fandom has evolved in the past 40 or so years. It seems that every day that passes, the more industry people well, pass away, especially the "old guard." I'll tell you one thing though, I plan on having cosplay be the LEAST AMOUNT of time on this film, and focus more on those in the fandom THAT DON'T DO DAMN COSPLAY! You guys on this thread hold my word to that, I mean it!
I do leave as many comments and thoughts around as I can, and encourage younger artists. I try to be as black and white with my advice as I can, So much of what reality is in fandom and in creator-land is hidden away behind smoke and mirrors. I also try to make as much original content as I can as a creator and fan (see website!).
Regarding the comments on this thread about weight - it's not always about overeating because of habits, I'm sure we can agree it is far more complex. Physical health issues, neurological issues, environments, financial and time poverty, so many factors why people are big or small. You can be as thin as a rake but be unhealthy inside - an "eclair". On a personal note I have to take injections and they bloat me when I do. I have arthritic joints stopping the exercise levels I used to do. No lifestyle choice chose my chronic illness
So I am hoping the injections will help my problems and I can go to the gym, ride my bike to work again. It is a privilege to be able to walk, clean the house thoroughly, and so many people don't even know it
I've gained weight in the past but also lost it, I will try again when my body allows me to. I am very aware that many people won't be able to go to the gym even if they want to. I am hoping to be able to be active again. In the UK the NHS helps me but I know my meds cost *$1800 each injection* in the US, so people with the same illness could not afford meds to help with the exact same troubles because of where they live, healthcare and so on. Problems are problems, not often choices.
Regarding anime fan groups (and sports), here's a BBC piece about autism and manga =
The "hey I fit in here!" thing is very important to so many young fans, we have a huge shaming culture in the UK (just look at the Daily Mail paper, awful) - if you are a young person whose social skills are impaired by a neurological disorder/difference then the "we can do it!" shonen spirit and huge excitement generated by a fun show you're *really* getting into, making friends with other fans is just the best. I never fitted in because of my hobbies and many other things so enjoying anime then finding other people who were really into the same thing was a lifesaver
I have often wondered if I would have be more sporty as a teen if I had really got into a sports manga! But alas none were translated at the time. Young fans are lucky!