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Buying Doujinshi for Cover ArtBuying Doujinshi for Cover Art

LemonMIntCatLemonMIntCat3 kuukautta sittenAsk MFC
I was curious if any other collectors purchase doujinshi for the cover art only. I found some really interesting artwork on Mandarake for NGE. I was considering picking up just a few of the books since they are a couple hundred yen. Though I can not actually read them, so I dont know if the characterizations or stories fit the series, I just really like artwork.

Do you purchases doujinshi just for the art? If you do, how do you usually display them? I am worried if I buy them, they will just sit with my other artbooks on a bookshelf, where they wont be seen. None of the ones I am interested in are 18+, since I dont feel comfortable with owning that myself, but I wonder if they are worth getting just to keep for the covers. Are the typical books nice quality overall (I have never owned any myself before)? Would you recommend buying doujinshi for this reason?
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xMera (3 kuukautta sitten) #65613579Tbh i buy one if i like the coverart. But I really hate +18 and Yuri/yaoi, and don't wänt anyone to see it by Chance, so I "glue" them together that you can't open them lol, I feel little Bad for ruining it, but they are 500yen so i guess it's okay, and i feel safe to let them lay completely open in my shelf, it sometimes just tho hard to resist some perfect coverarts uwu
This is kind of disrespectful to the original artist, to be honest... doujinshi are usually produced in small quantities by the circle/artist themselves. You could just put it in a sealed plastic sleeve or similar instead to deter anyone from looking inside.
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Nia-kun (3 kuukautta sitten) #65698199I own quite a few doujins, ranging from Attack on Titan, BNHA, DRRR!!, DMMD, MP100, and even The Walking Dead (lol). I cherish quite a lot of them, and with doujinshi, you honestly can't judge a book by its cover.
The cover art may be nice sometimes, but the insides, maybe not so much. This is of course to expected because many doujinshi circles are not professionals. I also own doujins where the cover art is maybe not the best, but the insides are extremely beautiful. Sometimes I see the cover of a doujins and it can really capture my eye, or disinterest me. Either way, they are still books and even if I can't fluently read them, I still enjoy buying and owning them as I know they support the artists/circles.
At the end of the day, I really enjoy buying and keeping doujins in general because 1) they feel very personal to own as they are not mass produced in large batches, and 2) translating them have helped my Japanese skills IMMENSELY.
I don't understand the fucking madmen in the comments though who admit to STRAIGHT-UP DESTROYING these books that took so much time and effort to plan out, write, draw and print. Just incredibly disrespectful to the artists who simply wanted to share their content and support themselves while doing it. >:(


I see, I can’t really imagine myself owning very many but I like that I can inadvertently support an artist. It is very neat that you can read doujinshi as a way to supplement your language learning!

I was actually able to find a full image of the cover on the artists pixiv page after going back far enough. But I am glad to own the physical copy too, it seems like its a pretty special thing to some folks. About the nice cover or contents, all the artists work is really nice so I am sure the contents will be okay too! And based on the preview on their page it should be an simple enough story ( no one looks upset at least which is decent when it comes to NGE)
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I own quite a few doujins, ranging from Attack on Titan, BNHA, DRRR!!, DMMD, MP100, and even The Walking Dead (lol). I cherish quite a lot of them, and with doujinshi, you honestly can't judge a book by its cover.

The cover art may be nice sometimes, but the insides, maybe not so much. This is of course to expected because many doujinshi circles are not professionals. I also own doujins where the cover art is maybe not the best, but the insides are extremely beautiful. Sometimes I see the cover of a doujins and it can really capture my eye, or disinterest me. Either way, they are still books and even if I can't fluently read them, I still enjoy buying and owning them as I know they support the artists/circles.

At the end of the day, I really enjoy buying and keeping doujins in general because 1) they feel very personal to own as they are not mass produced in large batches, and 2) translating them have helped my Japanese skills IMMENSELY.

I don't understand the fucking madmen in the comments though who admit to STRAIGHT-UP DESTROYING these books that took so much time and effort to plan out, write, draw and print. Just incredibly disrespectful to the artists who simply wanted to share their content and support themselves while doing it. >:(
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I mean, I'm a fan of doujinshi for the sole reason that they offer situations that the canon material cannot/does not. So I generally get them to read, etc., However, it's your collection. To each their own right? If you want to buy them for just display purposes than I think that's a wonderful idea. Put them in plastic sleeves like some have suggested, maybe buy some plastic risers meant for pamphlets, or maybe you can find some cheap frames from a dollar store to put them in. Either way, enjoy them!
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Moeromoero (3 kuukautta sitten) #65678027Thanks for replying and sharing more about your thought.
Go for it if there is not many official media releases.
Language won't be too much of a problem since those mangas aren't wordy/intensive.
You can still guess with google translate.
aid to my point:
Dojinshi is in the grey area. In general, Doujinshi can't make commercial releases to copyrighted content. The problem is what constitute a commercial release? How many copies is seen as a profit-making business?
That's why dojinshi is printed in a relatively low volume to avoid disputes.
Any copyright owners can step in and call off the production and distribution.
The law is based on the idea of "Antragsdelikt" (shinkokuzai).
The offence is only prosecuted when the Copyright holder sues.
It doesn't mean it is "legal".


I see, so each doujin owned is a little more special since too many can not be made. I suppose I am glad that most copyright owners just allow doujinshi to continue to be published. I feel someone may discover a series bc of fan artist content, and that may help the copyright owners out anyway.
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I've recently gotten into doujin art books but I have not really looked into buying the comic style doujins. I do have my eyes on doujins of one particular artist and although the art on the cover and inside is both nice, the content is really very lewd >,< (The cover isn't lewd, though, so I could buy it for that alone.) Really love the art books though! Having an art collection of an artist I love on paper is really cool to have :)
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LemonMIntCat (3 kuukautta sitten) #65675394Thanks for bringing up the overall rarity and your own perspective. I didn’t really mean to say I will never ever look at it. I will definitely flip through since I like the art style but I am not able to read in Japanese so the story maybe wasted on me. To say I really don’t know what the story is about other than its a romance based on Mandarake one preview pic. I found the authors own site and they have the book listed but no summery/ preview like on a back of a book ( which I could translate to know), just the date of release and original price.
I don’t plan on purchasing many doujinshi as I of course cant read them as you said, and would rather buy illustrations or artbooks. But I think I will still get a decent amount of enjoyment out of this one as I do really like the cover art and it was a way I stumbled upon a nice artist. The artist is ENTRY #121963, by the way. Plus the character which I like a lot has very few official items compared to others in the series, so I am happy with just an illustration.


Thanks for replying and sharing more about your thought.
Go for it if there is not many official media releases.
Language won't be too much of a problem since those mangas aren't wordy/intensive.
You can still guess with google translate.

aid to my point:
Dojinshi is in the grey area. In general, Doujinshi can't make commercial releases to copyrighted content. The problem is what constitute a commercial release? How many copies is seen as a profit-making business?

That's why dojinshi is printed in a relatively low volume to avoid disputes.
Any copyright owners can step in and call off the production and distribution.
The law is based on the idea of "Antragsdelikt" (shinkokuzai).
The offence is only prosecuted when the Copyright holder sues.
It doesn't mean it is "legal".
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Sometimes I feel like the author will try his best for the cover artwork but the design for the story in itself is sub-par.
If you don’t care about the story then why not? But I’d rather enjoy the book as a whole.
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Moeromoero (3 kuukautta sitten) #65665738I only buy dojinshi readers because I'm interested to the content.
Buying is the best way to support those creators.
If you don't like the content , just l;et it go, don't buy one if you don't want.
Becasue Doujinshi readers are released with strict strict legal restrictions.
Only a very small volume is allowed to be printed and released.
They are rare items. If you buy one and end up not liking the content/ not reading a page.
Then, it's such a waste to the fans who really want to support the creators.


Thanks for bringing up the overall rarity and your own perspective. I didn’t really mean to say I will never ever look at it. I will definitely flip through since I like the art style but I am not able to read in Japanese so the story maybe wasted on me. To say I really don’t know what the story is about other than its a romance based on Mandarake one preview pic. I found the authors own site and they have the book listed but no summery/ preview like on a back of a book ( which I could translate to know), just the date of release and original price.

I don’t plan on purchasing many doujinshi as I of course cant read them as you said, and would rather buy illustrations or artbooks. But I think I will still get a decent amount of enjoyment out of this one as I do really like the cover art and it was a way I stumbled upon a nice artist. The artist is ENTRY #121963, by the way. Plus the character which I like a lot has very few official items compared to others in the series, so I am happy with just an illustration.
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Moeromoero Chinese Dress Hunter
I only buy dojinshi readers because I'm interested to the content.
Buying is the best way to support those creators.

If you don't like the content , just l;et it go, don't buy one if you don't want.
Becasue Doujinshi readers are released with strict strict legal restrictions.
Only a very small volume is allowed to be printed and released.
They are rare items. If you buy one and end up not liking the content/ not reading a page.
Then, it's such a waste to the fans who really want to support the creators.
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lifewithfigures (3 kuukautta sitten) #65658905I specifically own ITEM #218574 for display. I've read a translation of it online and while I did enjoy it, I completely fell in love with the cover art. It's been my laptop wallpaper on and off for long periods of time. I finally picked it up sometime last year and I have it propped up between the two hexagonal cork boards of enamel pins I have in my display area in my bookshelf.

I see, I figured I would place this in my detolf along with my NGE clear file, or move out the clear file bc I will be getting a tapestry of that design. I do also keep a bookshelf with my straps and pins board so the doujin wouldn’t look bad on that either but I like it well enough to include in the main display.
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