I have always had a great fondness for things that looked like books but weren’t books. In fact, I have a fondness for things that look like things they are not overall. I am remembering beautiful porcelain bowls that looked like lettuce leaves and porcelain cups that looked like solo cups…that’s another post. This one is all about the books. Amazingly, I only have one of these.
BTW, I got to go to the Kraemer Copyright Conference this year. It is in Colorado Springs, just across the valley from the Garden of the Gods. The campus has an awesome, if distant view that I got to peak at during the day while I planned my walking trip.
National Novel Writing Month is here again. For those who’ve never tried it, now is the year. It is wonderful to dive into the deep end of a creative project and know that a whole world of people are diving in with you. Besides inspiring people of all ages to find their inner writers, the folks over at NaNoWriMo also have a young writers program that encourages and teaches kids about writing. I’m a big fan; can you tell?
For those of you who are not otaku, doujinshi are fan created comics often based on characters and storylines created by someone else. Doujinshi Culture is big in Japan. There’s even an anime about becoming a doujinshi comiker: Comic Party. In some ways it is very similar to fanfiction. However, as the article outlines, the balance of fan culture and artist copyright is very different than many in the US might be used to. Doujinshi creators are given the space to create, exhibit, and sell their fan works, using their love of someone else’s art to build a foundation for a career as a successful comic artist…for now.
The US fan artist community isn’t devoid of success stories, but there is a definite undertone of danger for fans expressing their enjoyment of a comic through art, as expounded in this excellent talk on Fan Art Law at San Diego ComicCon and how it functions in the US: