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Are you going to Comic Con in San Diego next week?
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Posted 7/13/11 , edited 7/17/11
[update 7/17: added flyer images at the bottom]

Are you going to Comic Con in San Diego? Then join the JManga focus group! You'll get paid $30 and get some free manga goodies.

As you may know, Crunchyroll is working with the major Japanese manga publishers to build jmanga.com, where you can read manga online.

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JManga is looking for participants for a series of in-depth focus group interview
sessions at SDCC
with the goal of enhancing JManga to be the best manga portal ever!

- Converse directly with the Japanese publishers
- Get in your word about JManga
- And get loaded up with cash and rare manga goods directly from the publishers!

If you are interested in participating please send your full name, address, phone number,
email address, favorite manga title and all available time-slot(s) to: sdcc@jmanga.com


Location:
San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
(Directly East of the San Diego Convention Center)

Room:
Rancho Las Palmas Room (4th Floor South Tower)

Date & Time:
Group A Thursday, July 21 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Group B Thursday, July 21 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Group C Saturday, July 23 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Compensation:
$30.00 + Manga goods

Application Due: Thursday July 14 6:00PM (PST)

See you at SDCC!!

-JManga


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Posted 7/13/11
I can't go to Comic Con, but I have signed up for the beta. Some ideas/questions I have before hand though are:
1. Can we read comics in the original Japanese. That would be a HUGE service to bilinguals, Japanese as a foreign/second language students, and Japanese natives living overseas. (To be honest, I don't read Japanese manga in English anymore)
2. Will the English comics be mirrored or not mirrored? Could the technology allow us to choose mirrored or not for the same comic? (Again to be honest, I don't read Japanese manga in English anymore BUT when I did I refused to read English backwards. I find a lot of my friends in the Western comics fan community openly shun Japanese manga for this reason. I know, recognize and respect that many manga fans prefer the artwork not to be tampered with, but I think having a choice could open to new markets.)
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Already signed up. Hope I get in.

I'd love to be able to help get this ambitious, and quite frankly long awaited, project off the ground. The manga community in the States needs a site like this, especially after what happened to Tokyo Pop.
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Do i have to pay for the comic con? cuz i will do it if i can just go and help them out but i dont wanna pay x.x
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Thats neat, but I live nowhere near there. xD
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Is this replacing the original lottery selection for the closed beta? Is the lottery still going? Have the selected been notified?

Originally selected users would be notified in the first week of July (last week), so I have been wondering if that has happened. I hope that the original lottery still happens, since I am sure that there are many people who signed up who are not going to SDCC.

It's always good to get more information about projects like this. Thank you, and I apologize for my multitude of questions!
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THE FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!?!?!??!?!?!?!
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so wait, you're going to pay us $30 + some goods to go? is it $30 per day or just together? I wish I could go, I've never been to a convention before and Its not too far of a drive from where I'm at.
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Posted 7/13/11
Sounds interesting, pity I have no means or money to do that.
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Posted 7/13/11
You will get paid $30 to participate in the focus group session at Comic Con, but only if you are chosen to participate. The focus group is an in-person discussion to give your input on what you'd like to see on jmanga.com

This focus group thing has nothing to do with the closed beta selection process for jmanga.com.

Hope this clears things up!
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Posted 7/13/11

shinji wrote:

You will get paid $30 to participate in the focus group session at Comic Con, but only if you are chosen to participate. The focus group is an in-person discussion to give your input on what you'd like to see on jmanga.com

This focus group thing has nothing to do with the closed beta selection process for jmanga.com.

Hope this clears things up!

It does, thank you very much. I just have one more question: is the closed beta selection process ongoing, or completed for now? Thank you!
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Posted 7/13/11 , edited 7/13/11
Same question with forgai.
Do you have to pay for comic con? or is this a separate event that they made
and they used SDCC because near SD Comic con?
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Posted 7/13/11
Sounds fun, but nope. Just went to AFW.. Anime Fest. Wichita (KS). Kinda small but fun! Also, the only con I've been to >.> lol This was my 2nd year going. Next year it's as Horo (my wife) and Lawrence (me!). Hopefully it'll be awesome.
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Posted 7/13/11

karlojeda wrote:

Same question with forgai.
Do you have to pay for comic con? or is this a separate event that they made
and they used SDCC because near SD Comic con?



Location:
San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
(Directly East of the San Diego Convention Center)


In my experience the only place you need to pay to get into is the San Diego Convention Center.

Since the focus group is taking place in a hotel right down the street, I am going to assume that you will not need to purchase a Comic Con pass to enter.

I've been to the convention several times over the past few years and many hotels hold special events on the periphery of the convention.

Movie promotions, viral marketing, video game demos. All of these things take place in the area around Comic Con and more often then not, they don't check for passes.

I will assume that the hotel this focus group is at will be the same way.


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Posted 7/13/11
I Agree With @Butonz17. They Check For Your Comic Con Badges To Get Into The Panels Or Exhibit Halls. I Think This Focus Group Is Separate From Comic Con. Glad It's In The Afternoon!! My Comic Con Volunteer Duties Are In The Morning. XD

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