Manga Creator Recruits Fans To Translate Work For Free

By Ishaan . October 30, 2010 . 4:33pm


Shuho Sato, the creator of Say Hello to Black Jack, has been self-publishing manga online for some time now. This past October, he posted the entirety of Say Hello to Black Jack on his Manga on Web site for free.


Recently, Sato put out a request on Twitter this past week, for fans willing to volunteer to translate some of his online manga. Sato posted chapter 1 of Say Hello to Black Jack on his Twitpic account and asked people to submit their translations for the chapter.


A presently-unnamed website has now agreed to translate Say Hello to Black Jack. This site has also reportedly requested permission to distribute and sell its translation overseas, the profits from which would naturally be shared with Sato.


Sato’s Manga on Web venture also publishes the works of other Japanese manga-ka online.

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  • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

    This is an excellent idea that should be more widely adopted.

  • The sad part is that they totally would.

  • Well this seems like it could be a potentially new and lucrative idea for lesser known series worldwide at least to build up some free publicity for it by making it visible to everyone. Though I wonder if they would do the whole series both free online and for sold offline? I guess its too early to tell since, I figure, it is unknown if it would be popular enough to warrant print release, or even a release digitally in some Amazon Kindle place or iTunes.

  • MemeticRichard

    Now this is what I call love.

  • MangaTherapy

    Wow, this could be the start of something big.

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