UPDATE: Someone is spamming this link on mangafox. It’s not us spamming it. This post is really old and we gave up on Mangafox’s wrongdoings many months ago.
This is a story about ignorance and about fighting this ignorance.
The scanlators’ community is getting to a point of no return, due to the fact that we’re so little in number, therefore powerless in delivering a message. It’s a miracle there’s at all people working on translating the unavailable manga, and probably nobody notices how precarious such “magic” is.
I’m not asking you to join us as a member.
I want to ask you to support us when someone attacks us unreasonably or has no idea where scanlation comes from. I’d like you to be proactive and make sure every single person thinking manga aggregators translate the manga, learn who are the scanlators. Show them this or other posts to enlighten them a bit. Be “gentleman” and reply carefully to their posts. If you are a scanlator, bring some proof, and still act like a gentleman, or a gentlewoman, of course.
You’ll call me monotone, but what’s spreading ignorance is MangaFox, a site several times bigger than scanlation itself and now 876th biggest site in the world. Here, look where is their suite-office at 1133 Broadway, Manhattan, NY 10010, USA, that they pay through illegal low quality manga hosting, fake premium accounts and by selling unlicensed merchandise.
I’ll make it more clear: without doing anything, they probably make a hundreds of thousands dollars a year of earnings. Probably enough money to buy tons of licenses and give them to us so we can scanlate legally. Of course, that will never happen.
How is MangaFox offending the hands that feed the site? By brainwashing the users into thinking MangaFox is the source of the translations, and that’s through the watermark on bottom, by limiting the power scanlators have over their releases, with moderators that side with the admins and cut the discussions.
Let’s see some examples.
Prozess, one of the most popular translators in the scene, working for several groups and on several manga, just the other day quit because readers called him greedy for not allowing the releases on MangaFox, after releasing a ton of massive chapters altogether. That’s because they are “MangaFox only readers”. What the hell is that?
I kind of support what Prozess decided to do, though I think it could have gone out with a more gentle BANG. One could say “he’s easy to piss off” now, but, putting things altogether, every scanlator always thinks about quitting, because it’s a really time-taking hobby without much reward. Prozess brought it to an extreme, and ended up making it probably too important. For a translator, who can easily read Japanese, recognition is all he gets. Translators quit easily, when they discover that the people they hoped would praise them, act spoiled by wanting a corporation to make money upon his groups’ and the mangaka’s work.
This is a great loss for scanlation, and, knowing how incredibly rare translators are, the void will be palpable. We’re talking about big popular series, that you most likely read.
Going on, Iris Zero is a manga series scanlated by Simple-Scans:
Again, ignorant readers think MangaFox is the source of the translations, and that, since it was removed from MF, it must have been dropped! These people don’t even realize where the translation came from.
That’s whole pages of laughs.
Let’s move onto us. I usually fight quite well this kind of issue, because I have the tools to do so. Yet, sometimes… my own tools are called items to make money through scanlation! The same software I release as open-source.
So, yeah. On MangaFox they say we earn money. Which is so far from true, I even take coding jobs to be able to afford this server. And I give away my software, which is completely legal software, unlike the scans. And no, we don’t use Adsense either (we actually were banned from it because of lolicon discussions…)
This actually pained me a lot (they saying we are making profit, not the lolicon thing), because my pocket money flows out, while I don’t have a job and release industrial-level software for free. Maybe I’m stupid, or I just care too much about how people read manga.
FoOlRulez, and many of our friendly groups, have already asked removal of the manga. Initially it was just us playing rebellious and I didn’t suggest others to do so. The situation has worsened and I’ll plainly say now, if you are a scanlator, remove your manga from MangaFox. They are a true company, and we shouldn’t get involved with them.
If your readers complain, tell them you have a futuristic manga reader, and they will love you long time, because it’s that much more awesome to read from it.
If you are a reader, come to scanlators. We’re not just amateurs, and we’re really happy if you ask us help in finding the best quality releases. Populate our IRCs, spam in our forums and in our blogs, ask us anything. That’s how we roll. And survive.