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Sundome Vol. 1 by Okada Kazuto 
11th-Mar-2008 11:59 pm
Okada, Kazuto. Sundome. Vol. 1. Trans. Christine Schilling. New York: Yen Press, 2007.
          Summary: Aiba Hideo has been elected president of the Roman Club, a coterie of otaku who have vowed to remain virgins through high school in order to win scholarships from their club's alums. Enter Sahana Kurumi a beautiful but decidedly sadistic transfer student who decides that she too wants to join and proceeds to torment Hideo with her charms.
          Comments: Err. Well. Huh. There are moments when Okada's artwork acquires that lovely, near-sculptural quality pioneered by Furuya Usamaru in Palepoli...and that, ladies and gentlemen, is the only nice thing I have to say about this pathetic waste of poor, innocent trees. Not only is the plot, which revolves around the dubious comic value of breasts and spontaneous erections, infantile, the production of the American edition itself leaves much to be desired. The English prose is stilted and awkward. (Unenthusiastic translator and/or editor, hmm?) Arguably worse, the book is poorly printed. Image reproduction quality is noticeably less than stellar, and text bubbles recede deep into a very tight binding on an appalling number of pages. An unfortunate package from every angle--this may well be the worst manga of 2007!
          Notes: paperback, 1st American edition; first published in Japan by Akita Shoten in 2006
          Rating: 1.5/10 - Ecchi manga can be fun. But not this one. Save your money for a root canal instead.
12th-Mar-2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
You know, this is why I submitted some BL to Yen Press--I almost didn't after reading this:

So far as releasing BL from countries other than Japan is concerned, we're really open to anything that reflects the artistic and storytelling quality we feel fans should expect. We won't publish just anything for the sake oftrying to stake our claim in a market. We will, however, publish material from anywhere so long as we feel that material has merit. -Hassler

But then when I noticed they published Sundome--I said 'f-it' and submitted anyway. XD I happen to think my work is just a cut above porn--but if they're willing to publish this crap, then I'll know if I get rejected--it wasn't because my subject matter was salacious.
13th-Mar-2008 03:33 am (UTC)
You think "fans should expect" is just a slip of the fingers or a position statement on Hassler's ambitions to becoming an arbiter of taste?

Oh, and keep it up. Yen Press visits this LJ too. ^^;;
13th-Mar-2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
Yen Press visits this LJ too.

Hey, that's right! I did forget that.
14th-Mar-2008 02:32 am (UTC)
Are you self-publishing Loud Snow, or are you still trying to shop it? If you are trying to shop it, feel free to tell anyone that I loved it--if you want something quotable, let me know. ^_^; (Not that my opinion matters, but I'm not afraid to get onboard with causes I believe in. ^_~ )
14th-Mar-2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
I'm actually shopping it--I sent it to Yen Press; along with Games With Me. However, I think I might end up self-publishing both, because 'we have a conservative catalogue' is now the new phrase for 'we don't want to work with you Ms. Anderson.'

It was turned down at T-Pop and Del-Rey.
14th-Mar-2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
I thought TOKYOPOP made you an offer on it, but you didn't like the terms?
14th-Mar-2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
No. An editor wanted to take a look at what I had to submit--read the outline and then didn't want the to read the script because I indicated that I wanted a say in the multimedia rights. I just can't see selling something to anyone, without having some say or profiting from, an adaption of my work into other media.

I guess she felt it best not to pursue the matter any further, once learning this. :/ I guess I'm just not the work-for-hire type...though I can be, if the price is right.

I learned later though--some of the editors there aren't particularly fond of me anyway...so why bother?

OT: Did you hand over that letter?
14th-Mar-2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, okay. I remember you saying something about their rights management, but I didn't remember the exact context.

Things will change, though, as the market stops growing as fast and publishers start getting hungry for the best talent possible. Once they really start competing, it could get interesting.

OT: Did you hand over that letter?

Not until the end of the month. Our Spring Break is this coming week (not that it's an actual "break" for me, given all the work I have).
14th-Mar-2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
Things will change, though, as the market stops growing as fast and publishers start getting hungry for the best talent possible.

I hope so. For now, I'm thinking of changing my name to Jason Thompson, and then sending out submissions. If they're published, I'll just send Jason out to the book signings and con shows. ^_- I think he'd like it.

~Good luck, I think you should hand that letter over!
14th-Mar-2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
Sure. "Jason Thompson" is totally ordinary name. I'm sure tons of people have it. If the publishers think it's someone else, whose fault is that? XD XD

~Good luck, I think you should hand that letter over!

Thanks. I decided to blog it so that I wouldn't chicken out. >_< I have a tendency to get really mad...and then let it go unremarked a week later.
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