As many of you already know, TODAY, Saturday December 21 of 2019, SquareEnix's Gangan Joker has been released with a oneshot (self-concluding story) scripted by Blanca Mira and drawn by me.
The oneshot is 57 pages long and is titled "HumanExe", as well as the manga project that we intended to serialize from the beginning that I came to Japan.
Realistically, serializing a manga in Japan is not easy, but for someone who hasn't made his debut in Japan (it doesn't matter if you did it in your home country), it becomes almost impossible if you don't start with a oneshot.
And of course, that oneshot needs to have good results in the polls in order to keep insisting on serializing the project, otherwise the editors don't trust it and may suggest you to change your project... Shueisha, Kodansha, Kadokawa, SquareEnix... it doesn't matter which publisher you go to, the protocol for publishing is almost identical: if you want to publish your own manga project (removing possible exceptional commissions/orders), you can only debut with a oneshot. That is the conclusion I have drawn after more than 2 years of insisting in first person in Japan.
It should be noted that publishing a oneshot in Japan is easier than publishing a series (obviously), but the bar is still quite high in terms of script level. I'll just say that it was several months from the time we presented the storyboard of that onehot until it was finally approved for me to draw it. There were many corrections that Blanca had to adapt and perfect until she satisfied the demands of the editor and her boss.
The surprising thing was at the end of it all, when we got stuck on the last corrections for not knowing how to interpret the "add more desperation there", and the editor ended up drawing/correcting 4 pages of the storyboard as it should be in the scene he wanted us to correct and we didn't know very well how. This shows a little bit that either it is done the way the editor wants it, or it is not published. But be careful, this is not bad, because thanks to all the advice from the editor the script has improved a lot since the storyboard we presented in the beginning.
I personally appreciate a lot of the effort our editor made with us. Despite being foreigners, he supported and helped us from the first minute, without the possible cultural barrier being able to affect it. I can honestly say that we were treated with a lot of respect as if we were Japanese. If he even made it to the day I got the magazine the same day it came out... even with a postit written by him personally thanking me for the hard work on the manuscripts!
As far as drawing is concerned, I think I can't complain because everything I did was right from the first minute and they didn't send me to correct anything, which I'm quite grateful for, because it saves time. Personally, I find it very difficult to value my quality of work since I am very demanding and always seek perfection, but since there is no such perfection, sometimes I find it difficult to be satisfied with my drawings because, like all artists, I too have my limits. But, well, since both Blanca the scriptwriter and the editors liked it quite a lot, I'm confident that it's a job well done.
So I would like to conclude that if you are reading this from Japan in December 2019-January 2020, please buy Gangan Joker magazine, read and enjoy the HumanExe oneshot which we have worked very hard on. And, if you liked it, please vote for it in the polls. I think this is going to be very important for the future negotiation to serialize the project, where I personally consider that the series is many times better than the oneshot, and where we can get its true potential!
Thank you very much!