Pop Japan Travel’s Mind Over Manga tour this Aug. 21 to 27 offers guests the unprecendented chance to print their own comic in Japanese and sell it directly to Japanese customers at Comitia, one of Tokyo’s most respected dojinshi (indie comics) events. Several artists have already taken us up on this offer, but now, with the tour deadline rapidly approaching (and the $100 early discount available only until this Monday!), PJT has released complete details of the dojinshi option, including printing, translation and lettering costs.
The PJT printing package includes black-and-white printing at B5 size (182×257 mm) with superpost 220kg full-color covers using clear or matte PP printing. Page counts are available in multiples of four, with copy counts in increments of 50. See http://www.popjapantravel.com/updates/41/Manga+Printing+Details for complete price table.
Translation from English to Japanese and lettering are available for $8 per page plus 6 cents per word (you won’t be charged for pages with no text).
Your comic remains 100% owned by you, and the translation is considered work for hire, which means you also own the Japanese version we produce and can use it however you like. Digital Manga retains no rights to the work and must ask your permission to use it. You also may set your own price for selling the book at the convention, and you may keep 100% of the money you make.
Even if you don’t choose to sell your own book, you’ll get an up-close look at the way Japan’s manga market operates. The tour will also include the chance to meet and pick the brains of some Japan’s most important manga and dojinshi artists, plus a visit to a cutting-edge anime studio and Hayao Miyazaki’s Ghibli Museum, and lots of exclusive privileges and discounts at Japanese otaku retailers like Kotobukiya and Mandarake. Of course, we’ll also include our tried-and-true tour of Tokyo, providing a mind-blowing look at the world’s most populous urban area, plus a few excursions outside the city and optional tours of Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima.
The tour, including round-trip airfare from LAX to Tokyo, full hotel accommodations, transport in Japan, entry fees, bilingual guides and customized guidebook, is $2,198 plus a $235* fuel surcharge. But if you sign up and send us your $300 deposit before Monday, June 2, you’ll receive a special $100 off, making your price just $2,098.
*-Subject to change.
DIGITAL MANGA’S POP JAPAN TRAVEL is the original and premiere provider of pop culture themed tours of Japan. Since 2003, PJT has operated more than 15 tours with themes focused on Japanese anime, manga, games and more. Pop Japan tours offer a careful balance of the hyper-modern world of J-pop culture and the rich traditions of ancient Japan, and PJT is the ONLY tour agency to provide exclusive experiences such as visits to anime and game studios, meetings with manga artists, and more. Pop Japan Travel tours are organized in cooperation with IACE Travel, one of Japan’s largest travel agencies.
COMITIA has since 1984 been one of Tokyo’s most popular dojinshi events. Run four times a year, it focuses on original, creative art rather than fan fiction. That has made it a launchpad for new manga artists, with thousands of circles participating each year. It takes place at Tokyo Big Sight, which otaku will recognize from Comic Party, Genshiken and many other anime and manga series.