D O U J I N S H I
T H E W O R L D O F J A P A N E S E F A N C O M I C S
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area of the BLACK MOON presents an exhibition of publications
known as doujinshi. The works shown here are not
for sale but are for displayed for educational purposes
only. Doujinshi are manga that have been independently created
by Japanese fans of a particular anime or manga. The word
doujinshi means something like; "same stuff, different people"
and there are literally thousands of doujinshi titles printed
each year by small publishing houses. Doujinshi are not
officially sanctioned releases yet they flourish in the
immense manga market of Japan. Sometimes doujinshi present
explicit adult material, but many doujin are simply parodies
that are of a non-sexual nature.
play an important role in the world of anime and manga.
Doujin artists will often explore areas that were not fully
developed in the original works. Some doujinshi are barely
more than crude pamphlets, while others are elaborate books.
Some doujinshi are X-rated while others are completely innocent
and meant to be read by people of all ages. The artistic
quality of many these publications runs from poor to outstanding,
but I'm usually always impressed by the beautiful covers
created for doujinshi. Most often a great deal of attention
is given to artistic excellence... and some covers are printed
on special paper, embossed, and graced with fantastic artworks.
publishing companies tolerate the smaller doujinshi publishing
houses not merely for the fact that doujin have small print
runs, but because the next "up and coming" manga artist
may be found working in doujin circles. Quite a few famous
artists had their first works published in doujin anthologies,
for instance, the famous CLAMP began as doujinshi
is one area of the doujinshi world that has no equivalency
in the West. Also known as Ladies Comics (because
of the large numbers of female readers), yaoi focuses on
the romantic relationships between males.