NB! Japanese layout! Reads RIGHT TO LEFT!!
Taking the DART train into Dublin can sometimes be an ordeal. For Aine…it’s a little more shocking
Now for some more back-story:
Part 5: Joining MSN and choosing a Manga story
As I mentioned last time, part of the Manga School Nakano’s online program had included a Manga Production Course, which was much like the courses typically offered to local manga students at the Nakano Campus.
This option was what had excited me the most in Nao’s proposed program. I had always wanted to attend a full blown manga study course, but those courses had the knack of being based in Japan and presented in Japanese, which were 2 challenges that could take me some time to overcome.
My bucket-list contains ‘Going to Japan’ as a goal and within that a further goal of visiting Manga School Nakano in person one day. I may very well still do this, however in the here-and-now, such a trip is not practical for me.
Thus, when Nao invited me on as a test student for the online program, the choice for me was simple. I would engage in the most extensive option: the 12-week Manga Production Course.
The Manga Producion Course was listed by Nao as an ‘Advanced’ option, which ordinarily I wouldn’t have the guts to select, but given my 15+ years practicing cartooning I took the plunge anyway. The stated goal of the course was to ‘Produce a 16 Page One-shot Manga’, where the student could create their own story or use a story supplied by the school. I knew I should make my own story, but I was not sure what I would be allowed to get away with.
I considered 2 options:
- A new one-off ‘space opera’ story that I have been playing around with for a while.
- Chapter 6 of Bata Neart
Including Bata Neart’s Chapter 6 in there was partly due to me wanting to integrate any improvements I gained directly into Bata Neart, but also as a cheeky way of maintaining my already strained update buffer (which was about to get even more strained, as some of you might remember).
The other story was a little pet-project that fitted into my long-running love of space-opera Anime. Set in an 80’s style future, the story itself was inspired by the lyrics of the Final Countdown by Europe.
Entitled ‘Last Day: Stand tall’ it followed a group of kids who have won a lottery to spend their summer at giant-robot training camp on a space-station. On the last day of school they leave home to fly up to the station with all of the other lucky winners from around the world. Unknown to them, that was the Earth’s final day. The one-shot manga ends with the planet exploding and station drifting out into space & to safety. The ending suggests that the winners had been selected to keep humanity going into the future. Further stories would follow them while they tried to do this.
I presented both plans to Nao, and she suggested that I go forward with a Bata Neart one-shot, but not with Chapter 6. She explained that a one-shot needed to be something that could be used to attract new readers and that I should create a new self-contained story that would feature my characters. ‘Last Day’ didn’t fit the bill, mostly because I hadn’t developed the characters yet. However with Bata Neart I could put forward 3 fully developed characters: Ashling, Aine and Aoife.
The choice was made and the one-shot would be based on Bata Neart, thus we began the course itself.
Next week: Class schedules, maternity, and the ‘Rookie Manga-ka’ experience!