Are publishers too hard on mangaka?
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http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-04-26/keijo-manga-creator-explains-cancellation/.115353

This article details the cancellation of the manga Keijo (not putting in all the exclamation points, sue me) which brings some pretty upsetting revelations. Most notably the author, Daichi Sorayomi, wanted more assistants and asked the publisher, Shogakukan, to give him more for over a year but they never did. This eventually lead to Sorayomi flat out fainting due to being overworked. Not only that but the manga this guy worked on to the point of passing out was tucked to the back of the magazine by Shogakukan. The less popular manga in a magazine are usually put in the back pages so that the reader is more likely to get to the series they really like sooner but it's kind of a self fulfilling prophecy seeing as readers are supposedly inherently less likely to read the series at the back regularly. In either case Keijo was popular enough tk receive an anime adaptation from the prolific Xebec so I doubt very much that it had really bad issues with popularity.

To summarize, not only did Shogakukan provide very poor working conditions, demanding far too much from Sorayomi but they also buried his series and tried to keep it as hidden as they could. Should this really be allowed? Sorayomi barely seems to mind at all which worries me a lot because that kind of treatment should not be normalized. No matter how I try and look at it, it seems evident that Sorayomi was being set up for failure and that is not something I'm okay with.
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It seems that work conditions in the manga industry are absolutely poor, especially when animators are paid 4 bucks an hour and mangakas are forced to work under strict guidelines with no reasonable accommodations.
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You say that treatment should not be normalized, but that treatment, from all signs, is the norm. Keijo might have suffered from being popular, but not popular enough (in the eyes of the overlords), or something that management just did not particularly like. It's their magazine, after all.

However, I suspect that the publishing situation in Japan is somewhat more unforgiving than it is elsewhere. It reminds me of the horror stories that you hear involving broadcast television and show series that push boundaries. Producers would, when they could not cancel a show outright, put it into time slots that make it inaccessible to most of the show's audience, fail to advertise the show strongly, or make constant demands of the show creators.

So, yeah. It is something that is entirely normal for the world of Working For Other People.
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Japanese as a whole are overworked, something that everyone, especially companies, expect, and what the culture obsessed with a work ethic does.
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Thank you for posting this. It was helpful and insightful.

Even if this behavior is already "normalized", that doesn't make it alright of course.
However, what can be done?
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I'd describe their schedules as slave labor. It's insane. They really need better laws involving working more than 40 or 60 hours per week.

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man i don understand the labor work
or demand that come from work.
I mean how much to they demand
when it come making a manga.
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:
Japanese as a whole are overworked, something that everyone, especially companies, expect, and what the culture obsessed with a work ethic does.


^ That. It's kind of terrifying when you really look into it. Working yourself to death is pretty much expected and the culture can carry over to your social life as well. As you're expected to socialize with the company too.

You can never escape. >.>

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Rujikin wrote:

I'd describe their schedules as slave labor. It's insane. They really need better laws involving working more than 40 or 60 hours per week.



The fuck? They have to colour the colour pages themselves? Why would that even be a part of their job? Are mangaka even trained in colour theory and design when they study to draw their predominantly black and white comics? It can't be that hard to just hire a colourist or two.
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Hazard wrote:

Thank you for posting this. It was helpful and insightful.

Even if this behavior is already "normalized", that doesn't make it alright of course.
However, what can be done?


Maybe they should read Space Brothers.

The story of a salary man recently fired from his automotive company in his mid 30s deciding to fulfill his promise to his brother to become an astronaut with him. Problem is, his brother is already an astronaut and he has to start from square one.
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octorockandroll wrote:


Rujikin wrote:

I'd describe their schedules as slave labor. It's insane. They really need better laws involving working more than 40 or 60 hours per week.



The fuck? They have to colour the colour pages themselves? Why would that even be a part of their job? Are mangaka even trained in colour theory and design when they study to draw their predominantly black and white comics? It can't be that hard to just hire a colourist or two.


I've heard some Mangaka enjoy doing that and others don't have enough helpers. Idk about this specific person.

Here's odas schedule: http://en.rocketnews24.com/2015/10/09/one-piece-manga-creators-work-schedule-is-absolutely-insane/
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