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Guest Comics: Myuo's DAoC Manga
Myuo's manga (cartoons) are based on his real experiences in
Dark Age of Camelot, and were originally written for his web
site (in Japan).
The early comics, one may note,
include a lot of comparisons between EQ and DAoC; you can
consider the early episodes "Myuo's Introduction to DAoC"!
Later episodes focus on the adventures of his guild, the Knights of
(To the right is the original, untouched vol. 1.)
Why a Guest Comic Series?In the early planning stages of Camelot Addict, I was doing
some internet research looking for other DAoC comics. One of
the first I stumbled across was Myuo's DAoC Manga. I enjoyed
its application of dry yet gag-focused Japanese humor to
DAoC, and I also got a lot of inspiration from the series.
As such, l have long wanted to bring the series over into
English. After the launch of Camelot Addict, I contacted Myuo
to see about the possibilities. He graciously consented to
having English translations published on Camelot Addict.
Some of the manga will simply not "carry over" to English
and Western culture very well. Comics based on
Japanese-specific word sounds, for example, cannot be translated
over per se. However, it's the translator's job to get the
humor and meaning across at (almost any) cost, so that is what I
have tried to do.
As such, on some comics I've had to
rewrite the text extensively to produce humor that a Western (or
at least American) audience will (hopefully) better relate to.
If there are problems with the translated comics, they are my
Art Editing Notes First controversial decision: I
shrank the pictures down so they would fit in a browser at 1024
width screen resolution. (Note: the earlier episodes are
actually narrower in width than the later volumes.) Also, at
times I have: 1. flipped frames around to enable conversations
to flow left to right and 2. edited the artwork due to the needs
of translation. This latter bit covers everything from making
new text bubbles, to filling out artwork that had otherwise been
obscured by the original Japanese text, moving images around to
better balance a frame that had previously been balanced for
Japanese text, etc.
Other Notes The original manga strips are all
available on Myuo's
site. The international copyright belongs to Myuo. So,
anyone is free to just peruse over all the original comics.
If you are a fan of manga and anime, or a student of the
Japanese language, you should feel free to go have a look.
What are Manga and Anime, really? I have a fairly
well-known and popular site on manga & anime. You are welcome
to go see Rei's Anime and
Manga Page (offite link).
Also, I put together a rough
introduction to anime and manga symbology in Cam Addict comic