Happy New Year from Your Favorite Lala and Lala DX Mangakas!

Here are some New Year’s messages from some of the artist featured in Lala and Lala DX magazine.  I didn’t have time to translate the messages and I don’t know if I will find time soon.   Anyhow, if you can’t read Japanese, then look at the pretty pictures and imagine that each one of them says “Happy New Year” + “Let’s do our best in the New Year”, because that pretty much sums them up (although a few are a little more personal and describe a major event for them in the 2010.) Anyhow…click on the images to see a … Continue reading Happy New Year from Your Favorite Lala and Lala DX Mangakas!

Hana to Yume Girly All-Star Calendar

Yay! Check out the lovely freebie calendar that comes with Hana to Yume issue 1/2011!  I will be making wallpaper after I get through with the high priority releases for this month.  Anyhow, if you want your own calendar to hang on your wall, buy yourself a copy of the magazine.  I bought mine at Sanseido Book Store.  Unfortunately, Amazon Japan doesn’t stock Hana to Yume, so I can’t provide you with a link.  Akadot, though, does stock the magazine, but it comes in stock 4 – 6 weeks after the Japanese release.  I will provide a link to Akadot … Continue reading Hana to Yume Girly All-Star Calendar

Lala Issue 8/2010 Freebies

Here are some pictures of the loot in Lala issue 8/2010.  If you want some loot, go buy a magazine and enjoy the lovely “Vampire Knight” cover illustration (that bullet is very lucky): “Gakuen Babysitters” stickers! Nyanko-Sensei pens! These pens are super cute, but in reality they are only 4-inch long. Where to buy Lala Magazine: Here’s a link to Lala 8 on Amazon Japan: Link Also, you can currently get copies in the US at Sanseido Bookstores: Link (I suggest you call to make sure you order the right magazine issue) Or, in about 3-weeks is should be available … Continue reading Lala Issue 8/2010 Freebies

Preparing "Kimi ni XOXO" is a Pain in the Butt

“Kimi ni XOXO” is so far the most challenging manga I’ve ever worked on in terms of image editing.  Here’s an example of the mess that lies before me and Sephyna: Raw: White Level: First Leveling: After cleaning out the text and typesetting:Cleaning out the text took forever because I had to redraw parts of the image.  This step took about 2-hours… Final:I reduced the image to its final size and added various filters to smooth of the print artifacts and to give the page it’s final look and feel.  I also did a little editing of the English, and, … Continue reading Preparing "Kimi ni XOXO" is a Pain in the Butt