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Old news

I have been remiss in not blogging about the fact that Yen Press announced their new BL license at NYCC: The Crescent Moon Story by Hyouta Fujiyama! And I’ll be lettering it, yay. That will bring me back to my roots, as the first manga I ever lettered was also by Fujiyama-sensei. It seems like a cute story and I like her artwork, so I’m looking forward to working on it.

In other old(ish) news, Higurashi 2 is out. Ah, that series is so insane. My favorite pages are 204-205, naturally. 😛 (And why are the volumes so long? Just wait until volume 2 of the Cotton Drifting Arc – 274 pages! Of CRAZY. It’s pretty awesome.)

Coming out* next: Mr. Flower Bride, Yen’s second BL title. Yes, with Crescent Moon Story I’ll have lettered 3 of their 4 BL titles so far (I tried to fight Tania for Love Quest, too, but what kind of chance did I have against someone in-house? Sigh! 😉 ).

*Heh. (Sorry.)

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I should try to update this more than once a month….

Things that have happened since my last update:

  • The trade volume of Higurashi 1 was released! Check out the 4-page color insert toward the end. Glad that made it back in. 🙂
  • Broccoli USA is shutting down. 😦 This is very sad; not only did they produce some excellent books (and – to be selfish for a moment – I was looking forward to Cigarette Kisses), but I really liked the couple of people I met who worked there. I hope they are doing okay!
  • I finished Higurashi 3 and Mr. Flower Groom. Whew. Volumes 3 and 4 of Higurashi are a real pain to clean (lots of text over art/tone), but I think (hope) my cleaning is improving. I am pretty pleased with volume 4 especially (so far!). By the way, both these volumes will be printed from the original Japanese files (rather than scanned books), so the quality in general will be better and less art will be trimmed off.
  • I got a page in the Anime News Network database. Hee! (Yes, I updated it myself, but it’s still missing some things; oddly, The Devil’s Secret is not in their database at all!)

Hey, is there anything anyone would like to know about lettering? I think I have a grand total of 2 readers and one of you knows more about manga production than I do, but if you guys have any requests just let me know…. 😉

Higurashi = creepy!

I confess I wasn’t all that taken with Higurashi when I first started working on it. For one thing, it’s clear that I’m not part of the demographic that the fanservice is aimed at. 😉 However, deep into the last chapter of the first arc, I’m definitely intrigued now. Okay, maybe it was due in part to the combination of late night, lack of sleep, and Ghost Hunters on TV, but I suddenly got the shivers while lettering last night!

Work snapshot

Because I have a day job, I usually commit to lettering only one book at a time. However, I currently find myself in the predicament of having no less than three books on my plate: His Arrogance, Mr. Flower Bride, and Higurashi 2. Last week this didn’t seem so bad, as I had already cleaned nearly all of His Arrogance (the other two require very little cleaning) and was powering through Higurashi 2 at about 10-15 pages/day (Higurashi‘s on a tighter schedule because of the serialization). Then I realized that the latter is over 240 pages! Most manga I work on are more in the range of 170-190 pages. Eep. Still 80+ pages to go. It’s going to be a busy September….

Requisite photo of my workspace:

I’d like to say it always looks this neat, but that would be a filthy lie. Loki, get down!