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Mar. 17th, 2011 | 11:56 am

Completely unrelated to my previous post, but I gots stuff to do for school, I guess.

Anyway, I'm revising a paper about doujinshi that I wrote for my advanced composition class, and I'm just about done except for a few things I want more info on. Point: I was wondering if anyone out there could help me as an authority on how doujinshi is printed in Japan? I just want to write an additional small paragraph about what the doujinshi printing economy is like in Japan and maybe also a little bit of copybon culture.

Thanks in advance!

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Jen-kat

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from: jen_kat
date: Mar. 17th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
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I could give you a few names, but they're all dealing with stuff right now (in Japan). Maybe send an email Kurot's way? Doesn't hurt to ask.

I know some of the basics since I've helped put in orders for getting doujinshi printed (for Kurot), as well as watch/help make copy-bon for a friend's (maiki) school festival.

EDIT: I had to add, at first before I read the content of your post, just by reading the title, I thought you were talking about the actual doujinshi manuscript paper... OTL;

Edited at 2011-03-17 08:16 pm (UTC)

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xinester

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from: xinester
date: Mar. 18th, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
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Do you mind giving me a brief explanation why someone would even want to make copybon in the first place? And do you know what "copybon" literally means? And also, do you know anything about Kingdom Hearts doujinshi? Like, ... is it more common to find Kingdom Hearts copybon rather than properly printed doujinshi?

And hehe, I mean, I do own a pack of doujinshi paper! I bought one when I was in high school and thought it was teh coolest thing everrr

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Jen-kat

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from: jen_kat
date: Mar. 18th, 2011 06:56 am (UTC)
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"Copy-bon" is the words "copy" and "hon" (book) put together. So, copybook, or book that is put together with photocopied pages.

Most doujinshi artists I know usually go up until the last minute making their doujinshi. Since it's something done for fun, they usually have real life work or school or whatever they do that takes up much of their time, so doujinshi-making gets alloted less time. Most printing places usually want your manuscript turned into them latest by 2 weeks before the event, so that they can run it on the printers. Getting it printed at the printers is more expensive than making your own copy-bon. With the printers, you can make more copies of the books, though.

When people make copy-bon, it allows them to work up closer to the event. They'll usually make less in amount though, since it requires assembling the pages after the copies have been made (usually by yourself, and perhaps a couple other friends helping out). I think the main reason people make copy-bon is because they lack time. But others might want to just make a few copies because they don't want to spend a lot of money. The paper size that they use, once folded will end up the same size as a regular B5 printed doujinshi, anyways. (Or A5 printed doujinshi, if they choose that route.)

I actually haven't found many Kingdom Hearts copy-bon. The only ones I know of are actually by a friend who does text novels doujinshi rather than draw. Other than that, I haven't seen any copy-bon at the events I've been to.

By the way, the doujinshi printed at the printers are called "offset" books. =)

This might be informative: http://www.witch-hunter.net/passion/doujinshi.php

Since copy-bon are rarer (due to small quantity), they may be sought after more.

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buboplague

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from: buboplague
date: Mar. 18th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
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this is totally random and probably kind of creep but... could I read this when you're done? I've always been fascinated and so amazed by doujinshi. IM A CREEP, I KNOW.

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xinester

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from: xinester
date: Mar. 18th, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
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OH YEAH BEBE. OF COURSE! if you're online tonight you can help me proof it if you like!! i actually already submitted this for a grade for my class, but my prof suggested i submit it to uc davis prized writing, which is why i'm taking a little more time to edit it and make it more thorough. :) ee!

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buboplague

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from: buboplague
date: Mar. 19th, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
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AHH i wasn't on! I would have loved to proof read it though.
If you want to send it to me in email that's fine too! atinyfish AT gmail.com ~
thank youu!

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from: dotolome
date: Apr. 11th, 2011 11:05 am (UTC)
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Very enlightening and beneficial to someone whose been out of the circuit for a long time.

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from: tiqocody
date: Apr. 12th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
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Did you heard what Rob Matts said about that?

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