Win a Copy of Bakuman 14

Would you like to see for yourself how crazy the fan-turned-creator in Bakuman Book 14 is? I have an extra copy of Bakuman Book 14 to give away in my newest contest.

To enter to win, please leave a comment below telling me whether you think fans make good comic creators, and why or why not. A winner will be picked randomly from all entries on Friday, November 16.

(U.S. addresses only, please. Winners will be emailed to confirm address. If email is not answered within 24 hours or a valid email address is not provided, a replacement winner will be selected. Your email won’t be used for any other purpose.)

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7 Comments

  1. I actually love Nanamine’s ideas and think that crowd-sourcing manga in particular would be great! I was somewhat surprised at Ashirogi Muto’s instant opposition to this idea. At the very least, it hasn’t been done yet; surely one title in Weekly Shonen Jump would have been worth it as an experiment, and its success would not necessarily mean the end of editor-curated manga.

    In the end, isn’t manga already highly fan-curated? In Bakuman, we see how quick a series gets the axe when the viewership isn’t high enough, and Ashirogi Muto has to change a lot of creative decisions based on these numbers. A fan may lack the knowledge and professionalism of, say, a long-time editor, but as long as they aren’t self-righteous jerks like Nanamine, those elements can be taught; passion cannot.

  2. Sure, wasn’t Joss Whedon a huge comics, or at least X-Men fan when he was a youth and now look at some of the comics he’s done, a popular run on Astonishing X-Men. I’m fairly certain most creators these days were once fans, whatever level of obsession they had.

  3. Fans make good comic creators because most creators started as fans themselves by getting inspiration from somebody else’s work. However not all fans have the resources to successfully convert.

  4. Depends if it’s somebody who really loves the medium an has inventive ideas than yes but if it’s just an person who thinks they can do a better job than the pros and have delusions of grnadure than no. But ultmitely I feel to really get involved in it you’d have to be a fan to begin with in some sense.

  5. Kris Larsen

    If they have the requisite skills then of course they can be good comic book creators. I love some of the fan-produced “Brony” work and think some of it is just as good as the real thing.

  6. I’m inclined to believe that, generally, fans aren’t very capable of become accomplished authors. What readers learn better than anyone else is how to read, not how to write. Looking at the situation as if consuming and producing are the same thing is missing the point.

    I don’t doubt that there are different types of authors out there, and many of them were certainly self-proclaimed fans at one point, but if you asked nine out of ten diners at a fancy restaurant to turn around and cook, they’d be unable to match that level of production. The talent and discipline required have nothing to do with one’s personal hobbies – which is how most fans treat the industry, as a hobby.

  7. Thanks for entering, everyone! I’ve emailed the randomly drawn winner.

    Jennifu, I think crowd-sourcing the actual creation would be a mess for all the reasons shown in the story: conflicting motivations, the difficulty of satisfying a bunch of fans all at once, keeping people who aren’t getting paid satisfied, and the legal questions. You’re right that there’s a weird correlation with working towards the surveys, too — they want fan input, but only in limited quantities and established systems. Kind of like Nielsen ratings.

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