I was going to tweet this, but I soon realized that I needed way more characters to explain this hair brained scheme.
I have been asked to do a panel at Yaoi-con on Localizing for the Digital Manga Guild (DMG). I thought I would do a couple of blogs on the challenging/fun/crazy/sexy things we find in the manga we’ve localized. I also thought this would be an opportunity to cross promote our books. If I get a good enough response, I may do a video for each topic in these blogs.
So, this is a call for manga titles (tell me what it is and I’ll get a copy)! Please, send me examples of:
Craziest translating/editing challenges (For example, we’re currently working with Sanskrit Buddhist magic spells).
Cultural translation challenges (We’ve had to come up with songs to sing in a bathtub, titles for trivia game shows and titles for girly magazines)
Strangest places for a hook up (we have emergency stairwells, a flower shop, and a school nurse’s office). A subset to that is how many examples of hookups on a train or train station we can find.
Strangest positions and/or ‘love implements.’ For implements, I’m not limiting the items to paddles or stap-ons (our winner is still a bud vase with the flower AND the water).
Speaking of BDSM, pile on the examples! I think that would make a really fun montage, and it is a great way of talking about views on yaoi both positive and negative.
Also, I’d love any stories you have about the interesting and fun and challenging aspects of being a localizer. I have some about working with people from different parts of the country and the world and becoming friends or pulling my hair out trying to make a sentence fit in a narrow bubble and still convey the mangaka’s intent. Tell me what makes a good team. I heard some great examples about the support teams get from Digital Manga when a title gets really challenging during a web conference. Tell me more about that and other examples of DMG support.
I know that not many of us can make it to the convention, but I’d like to try to represent as many aspects of our experiences as possible.
You can reply in the comments here or email me here: email@example.com . I’ll need a couple of weeks to put together this project, so please respond by September 30.