Ok guys, I've been contemplating this for a long time and I to know if you think it could fly.
After spending about half an hour trying to explain the situation this idea came about in I'm just going to keep the facts simple.
I want to make a monthly anthology of comics (serial art, if you are so inclined), articles and items of interest, produced by and relating to the anime and manga fandom, with the aims of providing a large amount of entertainment and both unique and interesting information for time expended and encouraging readers to themselves be more creative.
This is an idea I tried out last year and, were it not for me trying to both write a comic and do every other job involved with producing the publication, I would have succeeded. Having recently been listening to AWO talk about how Newtype folded and becoming Piq and their criticism of it being a very generic I thought I should have another try and that even if it bombed horribly, I would enjoy doing it.
To begin with the anthology would be available as a PDF or CBZ (a zip file containing the pages as images) and sized up to fit two side by side on a computer monitor (~17inch). Should things go well, we'd try to produce and sell a cheap black and white paperback, maybe with a few pages of colour and see how things go from there. The online version would have no limit over the use of colour but I would expect most things sent in would be black and white anyway.
In more detail
Comics: The comics sections, instead of asking "what is the best you can do amount-wise with your current quality in one or two* months", artists are instead asked to produce 16-20 pages (bi)monthly with the deliberate aim of having that art being below what they would do for a one off. I want to try this because it lets the artist decide to begin with how much time they want to spend doing a comic and then, over time, improve their speed and quality while keeping time worked constant. I'd also like to foster cooperation and the forming of groups.
The reason for asking for so many pages is because while we can't beat web comics on regularity, we have the advantage of being able to fit a longer plot into each issue; Things like suspense can't be done as well when you can see the start and the end of a story on the same page.
As well as the long stuff, I'd like to add some short comics, in the same vein as yonkoma but not necessarily with the same eight boxes to a page layout. Also, the few page shorts wouldn't be done by the people who do the main comics, acting as a mid way between web comics and long form.
*(if someone thinks monthly is too much they can submit a comic once every two months and have it alternate with someone else's.)
Articles: The thing that a compilation can do better than a website is having articles people won't even be looking for but will like (which is a pretty tall order). Subjects might include: Looks at how directors have changed through their careers, introductions to obscure parts of fandom (model kits, con staffing, gashpon and keychain collecting), deeper looks into common fandom (such as highly dedicated cosplayers and cosplay history), branching out into other forms of Japanese culture (both popular and traditional), etc..
Reviews of mainstream shows done by fans would be an essential part but would require some new angle, I will have to think of something..
Information: as what isn't covered by articles in terms of information is mostly news and ANN does pretty good analysis of the news as it comes out, probably just a brief round up and comments on anything of interest would be for the better; That is, unless we can provide some kind of great insight worth waiting up to a month for.
Ok, shoot me down. Is this the kind of thing you would read or even consider participating in? What problems do you see? What would you recommend I change?
This isn't my Uberleet plan but it is something I would like to do.