Okay... okay. I'm done being emo about my disastrous editor meetings.
New plan: I'm redoing Half & Half (the story I took in for review) as a rough neemu (thumbnails, storyboard, etc) and using five of my favorite pages that got lots of praise from editors (I did have two or three of those) to show with my roughs so editors can see how I can draw. I'll also be touching up and adding to some of the pages and make adjustments as I see fit. I'll do this over the weekend, so at the very least I'll be posting those five pages I really liked sometime this weekend.
I'm also taking in a rough re-write neemu of Samurai Rodeo. Remember that story? I did it a year ago and nearly got it published over at Shounen Magazine, where I was previously at. It hit me like a ton of bricks how I could improve the story-- I'm completely reworking the main male protagonist so instead of being a delinquent asshole with a heart of gold, he's instead going to be a really lousy kendo player with glasses and is known around school as a loser who gives up early (at kendo matches, at studying, at everything), and Sandy will basically be pushing him to do things he's never tried, and to believe in himself. It's also going to be about ten pages shorter... if you haven't read it, there's an English version in my scraps. I'll be drawing a couple of finished pages to show editors I can draw both fantasy and modern-day backgrounds.
If I don't get any work as a mangaka, I'm hoping they will at least see potential and flexibility in me. I also hope, if nothing else, the buildings and forest backgrounds will show I can do a variety of backgrounds and get me full-time assistant work for a weekly publication so I can QUIT MY OFFICE JOB. If I'm not good enough to be a mangaka, I want to GET good enough, and being a full-time (instead of part time, as I am now) assistant is the way to go.
I'm going to go for the mainstream boys magazines, and stick with them. I wanted to avoid it, but I'm going to go to Jump... mostly because I want to work for Takeshi Obata like you wouldn't believe. If that is a complete failure, I'll go to Shounen Sunday. If that fails, I'll try GanGan. Finally, if THAT fails, I'll go back to my old editor. If THAT fails, well, I used to so a series called Oddimals that was fairly popular online 15 years ago when the net was a youngling... I might try my hand at little kid's manga by reviving them. I've got a Plan A through Plan D, so hopefully I can get SOMETHING by the end of the year. That's my big goal... I want to quit my office job before 2011.
I also want to thank everyone who commented on my last journal. It really helps me to know that people are rooting for me, and that I'm not just wasting my time. Because I definitely didn't leave my family, friends, and home country just to come to Japan and waste time! I want to move forward, keep going, and not get caught up in my own failures and lose sight of the possibilities, as dim as they may be.
So yeah, you guys are awesome. You're my fuel, and one of the only things keeping me on track. I love DA.
Mood: dA Love
Reading: Weekly Jump