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13th-Jan-2015 04:30 pm
Well faulty reporting led us to believe that Noragami 3 was coming out this week, but further research reveals that it's not being released until next week. We did find another review of volume one, though, which isn't entirely favorable, boo. All the reviewers who mention the notes say that they are vital to understanding the series. This bothers us, because our goal is to make it so the notes are a nice added bonus, not required reading. And especially for a series like Noragami, where the notes end up being soooooo loooong, we really don't want to force the readers to read them (although of course we want them to). I don't suppose there are any volunteers out there who haven't read Noragami yet, who would be so kind as to read a volume without reading the notes and tell us if they were confused. Probably a few volunteers would be better... Hmmm...

Incidentally, we keep finding instances of people spelling Noragami as "Norigami," so apparently we're not the only ones who noticed that it sounds like the American pronunciation of origami. It's a bittersweet realization.

Changing the subject, since we've been having a little bit of trouble with our time management lately, we've been wanting to get a calendar. One that we can write all our deadlines on, so we can just glance at it and have a better idea of how much work we need to do. Unfortunately, we lacked the foresight to buy one when we saw them on sale at the grocery store, and now they're gone. So we're thinking we'll just print one of our own. And that means choosing pictures! But we're not sure what we want to do about choosing pictures, so we thought we'd ask people what their opinions on calendar pictures are.

One year, we printed a calendar with pictures of the covers of manga that we translated, and that seems like a good idea to do again. We also had an idea where we could take pictures that represent the manga we work on (for example, a picture of a piano and a violin for Your Lie in April), but we're too lazy to get all those pictures taken before January's over. We have some neat ideas, though. For Missions, it would be a cell phone and a pair of glasses, and for Noragami a five-yen coin with Page's tail (if we can ever find her in a good position and have a five-yen coin readily available (we have at least one somewhere...)). So that's something we just need to keep in mind and work on a little at a time. For Chaika, we thought we'd take a picture of the ghost horse and carriage outside the Haunted Mansion, but that was before we actually started reading the series and now we don't think it'd really work.

Today I'm thankful for Page returning home safely from her adventures this morning, finishing our first draft of My Little Monster, not having to work overtime today, calendars, and there being a store on the way home from Disneyland that sells good photo paper.
13th-Jan-2015 10:10 pm (UTC)
I had Noragami on my calendar for this week too! (sorry if it was I who misled you.) I just saw the new date on Amazon the other day. They must have changed it at some point. (I also noticed some of the farther-out Kodansha releases were spread out over different weeks of each month, rather than coming out all together like most publishers do (except Viz has an imprint that's one week off from the rest of its titles, but it's still consistent.))

I felt the same way about your Noragami notes: they're a really nice supplement to the curious reader, but not required reading for enjoyment of the series. I think even if I were reading the books normally (rather than as part of the lettering process) I would still read all or most of the notes at the end, rather than interrupting my reading of the comic to get the full explanation of a term. Pretty sure I did that for Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service too (which has Carl Gustav Horn's notes, ridiculously wordy and full of fascinating tangents :) ) (edit, having just read the review linked here: I didn't think his mention of the notes indicated they were vital to understanding, only that they offer a lot of extra information/context, which is true. the rest of the review did make me want to go "No, you're wrong! Noragami is awesome!! You just don't get it!" though. Hahaha.)

A calendar of photographs representing your projects sounds like fun!, but also work, so if it were me I'd probably just use already-made images/artwork. One of these years I should actually use the HtY calendar I make sure to get from every New Year issue... For my deadlines (as well as manga release dates) I use the calendar on my computer (iCal, but maybe Windows has a similar thing? or Google), which is easy because it's right where I work/discuss with editors, and if deadlines get moved around, as mine often do, making changes doesn't turn into a mess. And (possibly useful?) there's a search bar so I can find when I worked on this or that volume or title.

Edited at 2015-01-14 01:17 am (UTC)
14th-Jan-2015 12:16 am (UTC)
Nope, it wasn't you. I guess everybody's got a little bit more than they can handle right now. That's going to make it tricky to keep track of release dates, if they keep changing them all the time. Ah well.

Thanks! We're glad you feel that way about them. (You're right about that review--I think our sourness from other reviews had us a little sensitive, and then we saw "impossible to translate," and we took it harder than it was intended. Of course, we also agree with the rest of your opinion of that review.)

I know, right! That's exactly our problem with it! It sounds like such a great idea, but then we actually have to Do Stuff, and suddenly it's a lot less appealing. But they would make great pictures to use if we ever actually set up a website. Computer calendars are a great idea, especially for the ease of changing them when needed, but we prefer printed calendars for two reasons: first, it's nice to be able to just glance at the wall instead of having to pull something up on the computer, and second, pretty pictures! But if we end up being too lost on what pictures to use, we might go with a computer calendar after all!
14th-Jan-2015 05:00 pm (UTC)
I also read translator's notes after reading the volume, then go back to the page the note refers to if I want to see the context.
14th-Jan-2015 05:53 pm (UTC)
So when you read Noragami, are you confused? Or does the dialogue hold up on its own without the explanation?
14th-Jan-2015 06:09 pm (UTC)
I don't remember being confused when I read Noragami 1. But I always appreciate having the notes for more in depth information. I remember reading one of the notes, and thought to myself, "aha, that's what it was." I can't remember which one. I'm about to read volume 2, I will let you know.
15th-Jan-2015 10:33 pm (UTC)
I hope that aha moment was with the cry-der or something. Thanks for keeping us posted!
19th-Jan-2015 12:57 am (UTC) - hahaha
Well, I should be getting Noragami Vol 1 and 2 from the library (NYPL ftw) soon. Maybe I'll give you your update...
19th-Jan-2015 11:25 pm (UTC) - Re: hahaha
Excellent! That would be great!
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