Doujinshi

Presented by Sarah and Ciera.  You can see the slides here.

Sarah discussing the legality of doujinshi

A doujinshi is a self-published comic or other artistic work, rather than one marketed by a professional publisher.  Doujinshi often use characters, settings, and other elements from another fictional universe. Although it isn’t strictly legal to borrow these without the original author’s permission, authors and publishers in Japan condone the practice because it improves the sales of their original work. In fact, many great manga artists and artist groups such as CLAMP began their careers by producing doujinshi comics. You can find doujinshi at one-day conventions like Comiket, a massive convention held twice a year that attracts half a million people.

Sarah reads from a comic

Sarah brought her collection of doujinshi comics gleaned from comic artists around the world.  If you couldn’t make it to the meeting, but you’d like to see a copy, be sure to contact her!

Win twirling the beach ball

We also had an activity where GNS members created several short doujinshi stories. To produce the content, a beach ball was tossed between members. Whoever caught the ball had to add to the story, then toss the ball to another member. You can read the stories here.

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