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Featuring Mangamagazine.net Featuring MangaMagazine.net Interview with Victor Chu
In this new and exciting digital age, all sorts of interesting comic sites are springing up. Most of you are familiar with the gamut of hosting services, such as Smackjeeves
, Comic Fury
, and Drunk Duck
. Today, we're going to highlight an extra exciting community that focuses exclusively on comic creators as well as motivating young creators to get out and draw! LOOM: Today, I have Victor Chu, the founder and CEO of MangaMagazine.net here with me. Thank you for agreeing to this interview, Victor. We know you're a busy man! Let's get on with the questions!
What is Mangamagazine.net? LOOM: So, what exactly is MangaMagazine.net?
is an open ecosystem of artists and readers who are passionate about comics and manga. We act as a platform to support our artists and authors and connect them to readers. MangaMagazine
takes input from readers to create a curated experience – highlighting high quality series. Our goal is to become a self-sustaining ecosystem where authors, artists, and readers can work together to find, develop, and launch promising new series on a global scale. LOOM: What gave you the idea for MangaMagazine.net?
VICTOR: All the founders of the site are huge manga and comic fans! We were really frustrated at the current state of web comics and manga where artists are expected to spend countless hours advertising, setting up websites, and doing lots of work that could be easily automated through a platform with the author and reader in mind. It made it really difficult to find great content and also limited the potential of great authors. That’s how MangaMagazine was born! LOOM: That's really encouraging to hear that you are huge manga and comic fans! I know in some circles, sometimes it can be "all business" without appreciation for the art form itself.
VICTOR: We both grew up reading comics and manga and proudly competed with our friends for who had the biggest collection and which characters were our favorite!
About the Founders LOOM: So how did you founders meet each other?
and I have been close friends since high school. We both developed an interest in technology and thought MangaMagazine would be a natural fit to use our skills to help build an amazing community that could really use it! LOOM: That's an awesome use of technology. I know while I was growing up the whole digital age just exploded! Now, I see little kids walking around with smart phones! Times have really changed!
VICTOR: Definitely and mobile is an area we are working really hard on. These days it isn’t too difficult to get a template website up, but we want our platform to publish to multiple places and media; iPad, iPhone, Android, Print books, eBooks, etc. LOOM: What are your backgrounds? You said earlier that the founders, you and Bancha, are manga enthusiasts. Can you tell us some of your favorite titles?
VICTOR: We are both manga enthusiasts! (Neither of us could draw something if our life depended on it….) We grew up using all our allowance on comic and manga and proudly comparing with our friends to see who had the biggest collection (come on… you know you’ve done it before!) LOOM: I certainly have done it before! I had two sisters, and sometimes we'd pool together our lunch money for those times we'd go into town! I was the youngest, so my participation in saving up for comics made me "cooler" and more accepted by my older sisters.
VICTOR: Haha! My little brother would do the same thing! My favorite titles are: Major
, Shota no Sushi
, and Doraemon
! Bancha’s favorite titles are: Saint Seiya
, Rose of Versailles
, and Slam Dunk
! LOOM: Ohh! Bancha and I have similar tastes. I adore those titles, especially Rose of Versailles! Major looks interesting to me, though, being a fastpitch pitcher and lover of baseball. I'll have to check that out!
About the MangaMagazine Project LOOM: On to the next question. What do you want viewers to know the most about MangaMagazine.net?
VICTOR: We are here to help and grow this community in any way possible and we love to get feedback! Everything we do is to make it easier for readers to discover the amazing content on MangaMagazine
and to make life easier for our authors so they can spend more time on their art and less time fixing website issues or dealing with vendors. LOOM: Time for some fortune telling. What do you envision for the future of manga, and what role do you plan to take in it?
VICTOR: We are big believers that digital publishing is changing people’s preferences from push-based to pull-based publishing; manga especially!
Instead of large publishing houses pushing down what they think people should read, instead, readers are now voicing their opinion by visiting and buying the content they truly like! We want to serve as the single destination that all readers go to find fresh and exciting manga to suit their tastes. LOOM: What is the most challenging thing about the project so far? Is it tough being human? I'm sure you'd like to pull a little magic or flaunt some superpowers if you could!
VICTOR: Only the weak let their human characteristics slow them down. We eat baby seals for
breakfast to power us through the day! LOOM: That should be a bumper sticker!
VICTOR: In all seriousness, the most challenging thing for us is making it as easy as possible for our readers to quickly and effectively discover the manga they want to read. We are spending a lot of time working on our site design to make the experience as easy and seamless as possible. LOOM: That's really tough with such a huge amount of exciting content, isn't it?
VICTOR: Definitely, we don’t pretend this is easy and much larger companies try to do this as well. There will be a lot of experimenting along the way but we hope every experiment improves the experience.
What opportunities exist on your site? LOOM: So, now it's time to show your passion! Invite the readers in! What kinds of opportunities exist for regular readers and aspiring artists at MangaMagazine.net? (Would you say there are excellent stories to read or excellent opportunities to post your story?)
VICTOR: For readers, we have an amazing selection of unique and top quality content on our site. There is something for everybody and it is curated to suit all different types of users!
Too lazy to dig around, just check out our premium tier
Feel like being a little adventurous, check out our featured
, or if you really want to live on the wild side, search for undiscovered gold amongst our members
! We stand behind our selection of each and every premium and featured author. We think they represent great quality series that could suit your interests.
For authors, sign up for an account
and see for yourself! We believe MangaMagazine gives an unparalleled opportunity for up and coming authors to post your story, build a fan base, and monetize your content! Every single author on our site started by posting! We set up our tier system so that authors can have different ways to engage and build their fan base on our site. You have nothing to lose! LOOM: That sounds very positive. We hope that it's contagious to everyone who visits MangaMagazine.net. Time for the final question: what advice would you give to aspiring creators?
VICTOR: Be honest and focus on creating a great story. Great things will come to those who spend the most time refining their story into what resonates with readers. We see too many people who get caught up in spending tons of time to generate buzz for their series but never spend enough time improving their skills and content. LOOM: So, content first and advertising later, huh? Wise words to live by. Thanks so much for this interview, Victor. I hope that people feel inspired by your vision and make their way over to MangaMagazine.net for a look around!