Dojinshi (often transliterated doujinshi) is the Japanese term for self-published works. These works usually involve magazines, manga or novels. Dojinshi is often the work of amateurs, though professional artists do participate sometimes as well. They are also a part of a wider category that falls under dojin. This includes art collection, games, and anime. In this industry, groups of dojinshi artists refer to themselves as a sakuru(circle). There are times that a single artist can have multiple groups which are called kojin sakuru(personal circles). Since the 1980s, the main method for distributing dojinshi works has been through regular conventions. The largest of these conventions is called Comiket (short for Comic Market) held during the summer and winter in Tokyo. The venue, the country's largest convention and exhibition center, Tokyo Big Sight. During this time, thousands of dojinshi are bought, sold, and traded by attendees.
This is also the place where dojinshi creators who based their works on other creators can be found. These artists will usually just make them in small quantities though to avoid and protect themselves from litigation. This also makes their work quite coveted so oftentimes it would be a matter of who can get there first and be able to buy them. Dojinshi has been often been criticized as derivatives or work akin to fan fiction with no originality. It can't be though that dojinshi has a loyal fan base. If you've never read this type of work before and want to try it out, check below. We've listed some of the best doujinshi that you can start reading today.
The origins of Japanese comics or manga goes all the way back to the 11th century? Toba Sojo was an 11th-century priest and painter known for his whimsical sense of humor. He made chobu giga or animal scroll paintings depicting Buddhist priesthood. He would draw priests as mischievous animals doing silly activities. The way that people read manga from right to left stems from the way you unrolled scrolls in the same way. From then on, various forms of art and sketch appeared that influenced manga. Western culture made its way into the country and mixed with Japanese ideology. Manga artists began creating works drawing inspiration from both. There was not anything that art did not cover or emphasized on. Some of today's best manga has a little bit of everything in them. These have also spawned anime adaptations and proved to be as popular as the source material.
A lesser-known but no less important part of Japanese manga culture is Doujinshi. These are self-published works by amateur artists. There has been controversy about the nature of these doujinshis and their inspiration. Doujinshi artists would get inspiration from existing manga works. They would then incorporate in their own creations. They would sell these doujinshis at Comiket (or known as Comic Market) events. They would sell in small quantities to avoid attention and possible litigation.
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