I was baffled by the skeptic reactions there has been, especially on twitter, to my post promoting the arrival on the French market of Ring X Mama.
That made me reconsider, I might have a wrong understanding on how this market works.
I know how an artist (novelist or graphic artist) is paid in MY country, and how he earns from the various kinds of sales of his work (local/international, printed or electronic). But, hey, after all, why would it be the same in Japan !
In Japan, so…
I do know the Japanese mangakas are paid a fixed price per page, depending on their popularity and seniority, and for anime adaptations they get a bulk on money for allowing their graphical creations to be used, and that’s it.
What I don’t actually know is
- how they earn from merchandise sales
- how things go for international sales of Japanese publications with their works inside (tankoubons, magazines)
- how things go for translations and reprints of localized versions of their tankoubons (I imagine their earnings are indexed on the volumes of sales, without the slightest evidence this is the truth)
Please, would you have valid knoweledge about this ? I’d love to know for sure, thanks if you can contribute in a comment
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