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Site is back up [28 Jun 2007|01:27am]


Hello, all. I'm updating to let you know that finally (almost two months later--I apologize) I have reuploaded Shuna no Tabi onto my new server. The new address is:


There may be some references to my defunct nausicaa.wanfear.com site that I haven't yet edited out, but I have fixed all of the dead image links within the posts in this community.

I'm visiting my parents in August and planning on picking up my completely disassembled Shuna no Tabi book. At that point, I will at least have the option of picking up the scanlation. Either way, I'll keep you posted.

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Uh-oh. Downtime. [09 May 2007|04:02pm]

[ mood | embarrassed ]

Well, this is, unfortunately, not a "good news" update--I'm just writing to make note of the fact that it appears Wanfear, the server which hosted my Shuna no Tabi scanlation thus far, has bit the dust. So now I'm afraid the comic is no longer online. Unfortunately, tomorrow I'm heading to Venice for a couple weeks, so I don't have any time to try to host it on my other webspace before I go. Rest assured that even though the scanation is incomplete, I will do my best to continue to provide access what I do have. There'll just be about a three week downtime.

I'm sorry, everybody.

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[17 Nov 2006|12:55pm]


Encouraged by the comment of a reader, I'm making this brief post. Obviously, my Shuna scanlation has stalled, again. Here's why:

- Not only did I apply to grad school, but I got into grad school.
- Grad school is more unbelievably busy than I ever imagined.
- My Shuna books are back in my parents' house, four states away. (I'm being generous about that distance. For all intents and purposes, it's more like five.)
- Somehow I seem to have lost the most recent page I was working on.
- As the end of a chapter, page 79 is a good pausing point.
- I'm more interested in other projects right now, with what little free time I have.

So I do apologize for the state of things, paused since February. This project will probably be paused indefinitely, but sooner or later I am bound to become reinvested in it. Many people have sent me some really lovely emails thanking me for what I've done so far. Thank YOU for enjoying this project!

Lastly, here is a little FAQ, based on emails I have received over the months.

Will you send me a compressed archive of the Shuna pages?
No. I don't want to send an enormous *.zip via email and I have no interest in figuring out how to torrent the thing.

Could you send me your original scans?
I'm sorry, but no. My original scans are really large chunks of data, but that's just an excuse. I really don't want to share them.

Could you send me the retouched images, so I can make a Shuna translation in my own language?
Again, no. I think it's absolutely lovely that you want to make it available to speakers of your own language, but I do not want to distribute my hard retouching work or to run the risk of it going without credit. Retouching takes a damn lot of work.

Can I help you retouch the images?
I apologize once more, but the answer is still no. You are welcome to obtain your own copy of Shuna to scan and butcher if you so desire, but I am very selfish about my projects and it would mean a lot more to me if I were to finish this one myself. Even if it does take me several years.

I know none of those answers are especially charitable. I'm sorry. :\ The fact of the matter is that this Shuna work is my infrequent, creative pasttime. I do it for myself. And I am too busy to look into sharing it better. Rest assured, though, when I continue with this project, this community will be the first place to know.

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announcing a break [28 Feb 2006|02:20pm]


Hi Shuna readers,

I'm putting Shuna on a little break of (hopefully) no more than a week.

So here's the story. I've pretty much run out of pages to post. What's more, I've just started work on the fifth chapter, "To the Land of the God Men," and a very large percentage of the images in that chapter straddle both pages, making retouching a LOT more time consuming. Knitting the two sides of the image together takes a lot of time.

I also have a ton of things going on not related to Shuna. I'm taking the GRE in two days and there will be a family guest in the house and I'm getting into a remodeling project along with some drawings.

So things are pretty busy. I don't expect this to last as long as a few months, but if next Tuesday rolls around and I still don't have anything posted, I'll let you know.

I'm very sorry. :\

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half-way! [26 Feb 2006|12:58pm]


I did get one comment yesterday on this community celebrating the halfway mark on Shuna, so I know you people read what I write under that disclaimer! XD As of right now, there are 38 Shuna images posted. Just thirty-five to go!

I'm glad for everyone I have on board. :D

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[20 Feb 2006|12:27pm]


Today's pages are 64-65! retouching these babies was a real doozy, but I'm thrilled with the result. The before and after versions are hidden beneath this link (warning: the images are quite large).

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[13 Feb 2006|05:20pm]


Here's a little preview!

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I've already posted this in my own blog, but I thought I'd reprise it here. That's a single panel from page 62, pre- and post-retouching. the colors are so busy that you almost don't notice the Japanese running down each side of the picture--which is precisely what made it so difficult to edit it out. What's almost worse is after I lettered these pages in English, all the careful retouching was completely covered up!

I finished retouching pages 64 & 65 last night and they're pretty wicked. XD But I'll hold off on that sneak peek for now.


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new community [11 Feb 2006|03:58pm]


welcome to a new community! .. if you are so inclined.

I've opened this community to create a forum for updates, feedback and discussion about Hayao Miyazaki's 1983 pocket watercolor manga Shuna no Tabi/シュナの旅 (Shuna's Journey or The Journey of Shuna). This short, lovely work is considered by many to be a precursor to Miyazaki's manga masterpiece, Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind--in fact, one can also find parallels between it and other Miyazaki films.

I host pages of the book at http://shuna.ten-trees.net/ and have for several years. Here's some history on the project:

I've been in the process of "scanlating" this work off and on since 2000, when I bought two copies of the book by mail from Nikaku Animart (which I don't believe carries it any longer). In 2000, I scanned, flopped, retouched, and "translated" the first sixty-one pages at a pitiful resolution, using a subpar scanner. After posting pages 4-61, I lost interest with the project.

In 2003, when I bought a new scanner, I decided to start again--from scratch. Each new page was 700 pixels wide (what I determined to be a good width for a webcomic-like presentation) in much superior color with a lot more attention paid to the retouching and detail aspect.

I tailed off again until April of last year, when I renewed work with a frenzy. Again, my interest dropped off.

Throughout the years, I've gotten emails from all over North America and Europe from people interested in this project and my continuation of this project. I'm not very good at responding to emails, so I thought I would start this LiveJournal community for some ease of communication. Here I will post updates--as well as notices, if I happen to decide to go on hiatus again. In addition, I may post sneak peeks at upcoming pages or before-and-after images of retouching work of which I'm especially proud.

I encourage you to join and read along, or even open threads of discussion about this wonderful little manga--its imagery, its story elements, its parallels and its history.

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