Shuho Sato Earns Y100,000 on 1st Day of Paid Web Manga Service
posted on by Egan Loo
Shuho Sato, the creator of the Say Hello to Black Jack, Umizaru, and The Isle of TOKKOU manga, revealed in a blog entry last Tuesday that he earned about 100,000 yen (about US$1,100) last Monday, the first day he offered manga on a paid online service. Sato is attempting to self-publish his manga online. He already posted about 500 free pages in July, but he has now posted material from his latest work, New Say Hello to Black Jack, within a month of its serialization in Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comics Spirits magazine. Under his plan, new works cost 30 yen per installment, while old works cost 10 yen per installment.
Over the course of several blog entries earlier this year, Sato described the state of the manga industry which led to his decision to self-publish his manga online. Another veteran manga creator, Kazuo Koike, began publishing his latest Lone Wolf and Cub manga online in April after his short-lived Jin print magazine ended last year in the middle of the manga's run.
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