some of you might have noticed that we haven’t released seri.. well nothing for some good 24 days.
In this particular article I wanted to talk a bit about Saru Lock and Holyland. If you care about them you WILL read it till the end. (Sounded mean? Good!)
It has come to my attention that these series have a well established fanbase so to say as they are the most downloaded from bot and DDL. Numbers go into thousands, not counting online readers.
What I want to say is – this sums up quite a crowd. I’m sure that within that many fans there are some capable of helping us out.
I.. this puzzles me to be honest, if there are guys who can help with redraws and love these series why are they choosing to agonizingly wait weeks/months for a single chapter if all it would take is some few hours from their time per week to see new chapters come out more often.
People working in this group are no different or more special than you, we are just fans who decided to do something about things we like. We have jobs, family, school/uni, other hobbies etc. we are no machines created to work on certain manga scanlations and we have no wonder pills or chinese sweatshops to get out new releases everyday.
Q1: Why slow releases?
A1: It’s because of the excessive amounts of redraws in these series.
We have 1 guy working on SL and he’s busy with university right now.
And we have 1-1.5 guys working on HL redraws.
Q2: What are redraws?
A2: Outside japanese text that we need to remove and make it look like it was never there to begin with. Here is an example: Holyland
Q3: Oh, but you need to be an artist or professional Photoshop user to do that!
A3: No you don’t. I consider myself a good redrawer but my ability to draw something on a paper limits to a kindergarten level(yes, I’m that bad). Also our best redrawer(illiteracy) had a similar state, he could only create things with a mouse. Therefore you don’t need to be artist, what you need to have is ability to perceive elements around redraw and how to correctly clone from those places to fill it, also some line drawing skills(brush tool).
Prior PS experience? Not really, it’s just like MSPaint + clone tool(and maybe Path tool in some rare cases).
Q4: How do I start?
A4: Borrow Photoshop CS2-CS5 from a “friend”, no GIMP. Then visit #cleaners channel on irc.irchighway.net link. In following channel topic you will find link to numerous tutorials and actual videos of redraws being done, it should provide you with a clear picture how things are done. There is also this guide http://www.ruinevil.com/ it is good, but don’t take everything it says to be carved in stone.
Q5: How do i contact you if I think that I got what it takes?
A5: Make an application on forum (Your post will have to wait for confirmation) OR come to our irc channel and talk directly with me or GGpX.
That’s about it, enjoy your weekend.
Oh, did I also mention there is a 90% chance of us dropping Saru lock after we finish v4 (2 more chapters). Doesn’t really matter how many fans, whiners, downloads and what not it has, if nobody wants to work on it – series are dead. And I don’t really feel like dragging corpse around anymore.