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How to Build a Better MangaCast?

Howdy! And happy saturday to you all (Sunday for you in Asia, Oz and NZ).

Don't know if any of you knew or cared, but the MangaCast celebrated its first a week ago Friday. With SDCC steam-rolling in full force I really didn't make a big deal of it. I mean the Yomi's were celebration enough really. I got to shake some hands, pass out cards and acrylic and did my share of networking. Man, the manga industry is built on the backs of a ton of cool people. They really made the experience one to remember (even if its becoming a haze as I suffer from something that seriously feels like West Nile Fever).

Anywho, as we do every six months the MangaCast is going to make a shoutout! Some of you know the drill, because little has changed at here over the last 12 months.

Jarred and I still have not been cloned successfully, so we are still looking for others to join the MangaCast network. Jack has been a huge help and he has been a great example of a listener turned podcaster. But do not forget we also accept written reviews. My has been our Japan correspondent focusing on shojo manga. I have to say that even with her monthly reviews, that really helps the Manly Men of the MangaCast get in touch with our shojo side. We seriously need people to go to other cons and record live stuff. Email us at mangacast@gmail.com if you want to volunteer.

And since I spend almost all of my spare time reading manga, I don't know where to even start with the site. So we would also want to know how we can improve the place. Do you like the Japanese manga releases? Do you want more Maki Side Dishes? Do you want us to do less magazine info and more news/commentary? Are you like Brian who wants us to turn into the CurryCast? Should we just pack up and go somewhere else? We need some help figuring this all out. Leave us a comment if you have suggestions.

The MangaCast is nothing without your support and your comments, so please let us know how to make this a better community and a better manga loving network.

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barbapopo
Jul. 30th, 2006 12:47 pm (UTC)
I love the magazine info. Because that is really, where it all starts for manga. And it's not that easy for people that can't read Japanese to get that kind of info.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 30th, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
i think mangacast is doing a really great job so far. ive been visiting daily to find out new releases (both magazine and tankoubon) in japan so i can count down the days, though, more likely months, to them being translated into and published in mandarin since i read the language and most manga i buy are from taiwan or local publishers.

i seldom listen to the reviews though, but mostly because im lazy and would rather read than listen. it will be great to have transcripts and whatnots :)
naniwa
Jul. 30th, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks but the MangaCast is a podcast first so the audio reviews will not be transcribed. Same goes for the con audio and interviews. The goal intitially was to get the entire site in audio and if things ever work out more and more will be.
anderson_t
Jul. 30th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
I appreciate the coverage you're giving BL from Japan...I also enjoy the general OEL coverage here as well.

Perhaps you'll need to find a correspondant to cover more BL and make the trip to Yaoicon for you this year. In terms of OEL in the BL scene, 2007 is going to be an interesting year.

-Tina
naniwa
Jul. 30th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
Lol! Make a trip to Yaoicon?! I live in Yaoicon :) (well the host town) Only missed one so far and that was last year because I was in Japan.

I will be there, but I would like to get a BL correspondant to fill in the rest of the gaps.
anderson_t
Jul. 30th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
Some BL fen love to fill in gaps! ^^ I've not been to a Yaoicon since the first one, but next year I have to go [my publishers say so >_<] it's going to be interesting to see who'll fill in the 'sponsorship' void that seems to have developed since CPM imploded. I don't even see Be Beautiful on the list of dealers. 0_o.
If you do make it, try not to end up in the bishie auction. LOL!

(Anonymous)
Jul. 30th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
You're just great! Maybe I would like you to add more reviews about unlicensed shoujo manga, so you could help me and other people who doesn't speak japanese. I really would like to know more about some manga, but i don't understand japanese.
You are doing a great job, keep it up!
jacktse
Jul. 30th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
my favorite thing of these last few months outside of con coverage is the maki shows that feature unlicensed series in phonebooks i've never heard of. it fascinates me to know there are crazy stories out there i can't get my hands on. i would not mind if you tell us what it's like to be a fan in japan. like where you lived and what a day was like on "new comics day" or whatever.
erinfinnegan
Jul. 31st, 2006 03:27 am (UTC)
Whenever I point other podcasters to your site they have a super-hard time finding back episodes. To this end, I started building an archive. But it would really help if you tagged entried that include audio with "podcast" or "mangacast" or something. Some people are only interested in the audio.

Taking reader-submitted audio/text reviews isn't a bad idea. The Weekly Anime Review guy does that with some sucess.
erinfinnegan
Jul. 31st, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)
I have like a thousand suggestions, but Otakon week is not really the time to ask... Also I second Jack's thing above - an audiobiographical CurryCast episode about being bilingual and a comics fan in Japan would be totally awesome.
naniwa
Jul. 31st, 2006 05:50 am (UTC)
VH1 Present's

Behind the Maki - the Beer Swilling Biker Gang, behind the Basketball team, behind the manga readers that make the MangaMaki.

I don't know if Jarred's agent will allow this to happen anytime soon. Jarred's cool with it but the agent wants top dollar for the his autobiography. Especially with the new house coming.
naniwa
Jul. 31st, 2006 05:44 am (UTC)
Taking reader-submitted audio/text reviews isn't a bad idea. The Weekly Anime Review guy does that with some sucess.

Heh, I ain't stopping anyone.
cchan5000
Jul. 31st, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
The CurryCast sounds good to me. Honestly speaking, I really like the Makis because I am a fan of commentary-style shows with a small number of people. Jarred and yourself always have something interesting to say, keep it to the point, and don't step all over each other in a mad rush to get the next joke in.

Oh, and the curry recipes rock. My Curry Kung-Fu is still weak, I need more practice with the curry bread (the score is 1 for 11 on those) but I haven't died yet from any of them.

I also like how you put up the Japanese releases. It gives me a chance to attach an romanized name to a cover (esp. one's with a lot of kanji), I'm starting to figure out what publisher does what, and it also helps me find the books if I decide to go to Kino's and check it out.

One thought that I had recently for a new side dish...do a little rundown of manga you think would be good for people learning Japanese at certain levels. For example, when my friend started to learn basic kanji so he decided to pick up a couple manga, one of those was called Discommunication and it really helped him. So, give some opinions along the line of "If you can read at this level, check out this magazine and these are some fun titles from it."

Finally, I second the call for a searchable archive of sorts. I know next to nothing about web programming, but something where you can search by review, panel recording, or maki would be nice.
naniwa
Aug. 2nd, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah the existing search function completely sucks. Bah!

The best thing to do is the following:
http://community.livejournal.com/mangacast/tag/???

if you are looking for Maki type in mangacurrynomaki in the ??? section
same thing for galaxy angel or diamond previews you will get a list of all posts in that tag. The tag feature is great as long as you know how to use it.
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