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Old 07-30-2008, 11:39 PM   #1
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I just finished Pedrosa Cyril's Three Shadows graphic novel that was offered for free during Tor's "Watch The Skies" promotion. While not the best story, it was definitely a wild ride, and worked very well on the Sony 505.

I am wondering if anyone else has found some good graphic novels (Manga... whatever) that works well on a eInk device.

I define "works well" as not needing a microscope to read the words, and "good" as... well... good.

Look forward to any recommendations.
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Old 07-31-2008, 12:57 AM   #2
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To add another recommendation, Cory Doctorow's Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now (found in PDF for free here) is not an unreasonable read in landscape orientation at the medium flow setting. The text (TOC and interview) are actual text, and reflow... with the usual PDF reflow format problems, but not bad. And the artwork is OK read with the top panels on one page and the lower panels on the next.

It is obvious the book was not formatted with an eInk device in mind, but works in a pinch.
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Pretty much any manga work on the iLiad screen-- the black and white line art with screentones lends itself very well to the e ink display. Many people seem to enjoy them on the 6" screen, as well. Sadly, not very many are available as legal ebook versions. Wowio had a few original manga available, though. You might check with them.
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Old 07-31-2008, 01:22 AM   #4
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And Mistress nekokami, when is your manga book going public?

I am enticed by the slices you have shared.
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Old 07-31-2008, 01:23 AM   #5
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I just finished Pedrosa Cyril's Three Shadows graphic novel that was offered for free during Tor's "Watch The Skies" promotion. While not the best story, it was definitely a wild ride, and worked very well on the Sony 505.

I am wondering if anyone else has found some good graphic novels (Manga... whatever) that works well on a eInk device.

I define "works well" as not needing a microscope to read the words, and "good" as... well... good.

Look forward to any recommendations.
The Thee Shadows doesn't look bad on the Kindle. I converted it with MobiPocket Creator. The text is on a separate page from the images but the images (so far) have been very readable.
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Old 07-31-2008, 01:26 AM   #6
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The Thee Shadows doesn't look bad on the Kindle. I converted it with MobiPocket Creator. The text is on a separate page from the images but the images (so far) have been very readable.
I need to try that! Having the text on an additional page sounds good. I did enjoy it on the Sony, but did have to hold the device fairly close to catch all the dialogue.
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And Mistress nekokami, when is your manga book going public?

I am enticed by the slices you have shared.
Thanks so much for your enthusiasm. I'm seriously hoping to get several more pages done this week while I'm nominally on vacation (the rest of my family seems to see this as "on call," however, which is slowing things down somewhat). I needed to learn to use Cararra (a different 3d app) to get the main image for the next page. Another slowdown. I think I've got that now, though.

Meanwhile, I've been plotting out the details for the rest of the series (chapter summaries, scripts, a few rough images or page layouts, etc.). It won't finish in one tankoubon worth of chapters, but shouldn't extend indefinitely, either.
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Keep us updated! What I have seen so far looks great!
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Thanks so much for your enthusiasm.
FYI, I heard a report on NPR a couple of days ago about Librarians attending ComiCon (sp?), specifically to look for manga. It's hard for them to keep copies of any of it on the shelves. Since it's the one thing they know kids will read, they want to increase their libraries' inventory.

If I can find the story online, I'll post a link.
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Well. Just for you, here is a preview of someone you'll see "soon" who is opposing the characters you've met so far:
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Old 07-31-2008, 01:39 AM   #11
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Yep. Of course, she'll look a bit different in the manga version... more like this:
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Sexy is sexy, and Ninja is ninja. Two great tastes that go great together.

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Well, there are more ninja, but not all like the first one. (That would be boring, I think.)
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Well, there are more ninja, but not all like the first one. (That would be boring, I think.)
Uh-oh. You've pressed Donnageddon's "Ninja" button. You do realise he'll be bouncing around for hours now?

Come on, Donnageddon, back in your chair now. Here, take some of these pills, and I promise that when you wake up the ninjas will still be here...

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