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Announcing History! Inside Scanlation!
It is my pleasure to announce the grand opening of website Inside Scanlation!

As you all know, one of MangaUpdates' focuses is on scanlations. Inside Scanlation details the history of the scanlation process. There are articles about different sectors of the scene, from speed scanlations to Lurk to our own site here. There are also interviews with various sites, groups, and organizations, including an IRC interview with me and Manick, njt from MangaHelpers, and even something from TokyoPop. Even if you have only a cursory interest, I highly recommend you check out the site.

Two cool things I want to point out.
1) Timeline
2) Banner Collage

Inside Scanlation is the work of Gum, who compiled all this data into the baby you see now. It has been a work in progress for the last 3 years, and now it has seen the light of day. May we see more updates in the future!
Posted by lambchopsil on 
October 11th 12:01am
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» jackblack901 on October 10th, 2009, 7:25pm

Very nice smile


» mono-sama on October 12th, 2009, 1:13am

great site. awesome work. very interesting reading
i have added a link on the [url=manga underground][/url] blog too


» fallen202 on October 10th, 2009, 7:27pm

The banner collage is really nifty... I'll go through more when I have time smile


» Name-Undecided on October 10th, 2009, 7:48pm

Nice effort.


» lame2846 on October 10th, 2009, 7:54pm

why is there banner in the release section?


» Manick on October 10th, 2009, 8:33pm

why not? trying to give a fellow scanlation site a nice shout out. our releases page is the most visited page.


» lame2846 on October 10th, 2009, 9:54pm

it already on the front page news...

all i'm saying it unnecessary to put it there but it not my website and it not really a bad thing so whatever...


» Hinokai on October 11th, 2009, 7:18am

Not necessary, maybe, but its the best way for people to see it, a lot of people may only go straight to the new releases (I know I do sometimes).

Not like it hampers your browsing in anyway. Great site too.


» Moirae on October 11th, 2009, 11:30pm

I personally visited the site from the banner the other day and only just now saw the news for it. The banner I suppose is for people who might overlook the less obvious news/article link.


» CatzCradle on October 10th, 2009, 7:55pm

It looks AMAZING!!!


» Moirae on October 11th, 2009, 11:34pm

LOL... Ditto, it made me feel old as I've been following since 2002 as well. Not quite usenet old, but I am only 22.


» Moirae on October 11th, 2009, 11:36pm

oops meant to reply to the message under this one


» Name-Undecided on October 10th, 2009, 8:11pm

Now that I'm reading the interviews I feel like such a geezer! I recognize almost ALL those names! Oh yeah I remember that guy, oh yeah I use to follow that group...was 2002 really 7 years ago? And where's my walking stick?


» riney25 on October 10th, 2009, 8:14pm

Such a cool site!


» chryseis on October 10th, 2009, 8:23pm

this is an INCREDIBLE site! kudos to Gum and everyone who contributed!


» Ascension on October 10th, 2009, 8:30pm

truly an awesome site :x felt kinda sad when i read the timeline... all those old groups ceasing to scanlate.


» oriana3k on October 10th, 2009, 8:51pm

Whoa...I meant to just take a quick look around at the site, but I got completely engrossed in reading the history and some of the spotlights. Fascinating stuff, amazing job on the site.


» .Kaii on October 10th, 2009, 8:53pm

I'm actually pretty new to the scanlating scene, and so I've been really curious about it. Like the site says, "none could come up with a satisfactory answer". I've spent at least three hours reading stuff on there now. xD

The timeline is /incredible/. It's got so many things that I've heard older members referring to, for one, and it's just nice to look through. It makes me remember that scanlating isn't just about translating and editing manga.

The site itself is great. It's wonderfully laid out, and all the little features (the 'background' tab that pops out, for one) are a delight. All in all, thank you for what must have taken an incredible amount of effort.


» Hostile on October 10th, 2009, 8:59pm

It's crazy how many old faces you see being interviewed.


» mako1138 on October 10th, 2009, 9:21pm

This is pretty awesome work.


» juvenile_anime on October 10th, 2009, 9:25pm

OMG! This brings back a lot of memories! Whoa!


» tsuto on October 10th, 2009, 9:31pm

Ya, I can't count the ammount of tears that fell when I was looking around the site. It's simply great.


» otakubaybay on October 10th, 2009, 9:56pm

What an awesome site! *o* I had no idea that the serialization of Rurouni Kenshin began just as the serialization of Naruto began, among other things, haha.

(Just thought I'd mention - The first thing I read was yours' and Manick's interview, and it just makes me want to 'aww' XD;; You guys have come a long way, and we, the visitors and members of MU, all love you for it smile

I'm not really active in the forums anymore, but I'm so glad to have stumbled upon this site a couple years ago. I still check it every day, several times a day, and will continue for as long as it's around ^___^ Long live, MU!)


» waftingwish on October 10th, 2009, 10:18pm

Such an amazing site! I've always been curious about the history of scanlations so it's great to have a place with everything I wanted to know and more.


» Reppu on October 10th, 2009, 10:25pm

As a historian at heart, I'm always happy to see histories of seemingly obscure things in fandom. The site is well organized, the writing is light and easy to follow, and the research was done in depth. Of course, it has its faults, but overall, I was impressed at all the time and effort that went into this project.


» Jennifer31 on October 10th, 2009, 10:49pm

Very interesting didn"t know any of this mainly because i only started reading scanlations in late 2007 didn't know anything about scanlations before then barely read manga before then either but now i read all the time mainly because of the scanlations so its good to know how it started out


» StarlightDreams on October 10th, 2009, 10:45pm

*thumbs up*

Awesome site. 8D


» shoujo_forever on October 10th, 2009, 11:11pm

Wow! So many things to read..where to start?where to start? biggrin It's so helpful and interesting! Really, I didn't even know there's an application to read manga xD;; I myself are new to the scanlation world and it's very interesting to know the history, the famous groups etc..I didn't even know that I'll be interested to read the interviews.

So COOL(^___^)b


» vietangelix on October 10th, 2009, 11:15pm

That's awesome, I love learning about this type of things~


» 00bun00 on October 11th, 2009, 12:13am

what i don't like is some groups you didn't mention. Forgot? And seem you tend to prefer groups. Which is not fair in record the timeline.
In general, everything's ok.


» robbit on October 11th, 2009, 12:27am

your interview made me so happy!
this made my day
shit, i love you two so much


» Isochroma on October 11th, 2009, 12:43am

One man, six days, five volumes. Your new GOD.

(scanlatio of Claymore manga) tid=922


» Shiina on October 11th, 2009, 1:25am

The site looks great. And it's really helpful for those with poor memory (like me) who recently started to wonder when did all of that happen... smile


» magnet_dance on October 11th, 2009, 1:55am

The site is wonderful! It's made me feel all nostalgic for 1998~ ^^


» ReaderM on October 11th, 2009, 2:42am

Man , I easily just killed 30 mins reading some of the articles on the site and getting back history on things I only knew about at a glance, it was def worth a read, great site


» Gum on October 11th, 2009, 4:59am

Glad you all like it smile Technically speaking, this project really got started at the beginning of June this year ;-)


» Dr. Love on October 11th, 2009, 5:00am

The mods got a preview, so we already knew it was to be launched. But it's still awesome to look upon it. It's so good! ;__; Especially the timeline is useful

Definitely a great contribution in the scanlating community!


» RilleL on October 11th, 2009, 7:41am

I just read through the history of scanlation and it's one of the most impressive things I've read lately.
Such a deep insight in the esoteric community is both rare and interesting.


» mangum44 on October 11th, 2009, 8:00am

Daaaamn! I worked for mangascans (Love Hina)... wow, almost 10 years ago?? This is a truly fantastic project!


» artikk on October 11th, 2009, 9:24am

The site is very informative for those interested in the scanlation scene. I found it very interesting and engrossing. One can spend 1/4 a day on that site just reading everything. Thanks to all people that made it possible.


» drunkguy on October 11th, 2009, 10:40am

My paranoid self thought MU got hacked for a second when I saw the banner. bigrazz


» Name-Undecided on October 11th, 2009, 10:44am

Reading the interview with njt and the so-called letter from Kodansha I thought, "That's the fakest-looking C&D letter I ever saw in my life!" I wouldn't be surprised if some fan wrote it.


» drunkguy on October 11th, 2009, 11:21am

The best interview on the site has to be Simon Jones' from Icarus Publishing. He was pretty much the only one who sounded like a modern manga fan turned professional.

Jason Thompson's interview was interesting but it seems his reply to the question of ever reading scanlations was the same as Marco Pavia's reply (Tokyopop) to the question of scanlation's role. Was this an editing mistake?


» Gum on October 11th, 2009, 11:56am

Wow ooooooops! Not sure how that escaped the editing machine, but that was definitely a mistake... it should be fixed now smile


» drunkguy on October 11th, 2009, 1:55pm

Ah. Thanks for the quick update. Those interviews are real gems. smile


» solovolk on October 11th, 2009, 2:12pm

this is pretty awesome never thought anyone'd make something like this, completely recognized!


» jojo_da_crow on October 12th, 2009, 8:43am

I take offense to being called a retarded monkey!

But to be fair... I think Gum was just trying to get me to finish the interview since everything from mine was actually taken from IRC logs. Ahaha.

Great job Gum! You really did a fantastic job hunting everyone down. Thank you for really doing this hobby a great justice by chronicling our history. It really does seem amazing when you see it in writing.


» Cave on October 12th, 2009, 4:29pm

I just spent a good three hours reading over this site. It's just got everything! I loved the interviews. What I'm wondering though is how the interviewer was able to talk to Snoopy when his own staff hasn't been able to! XD heh...

The timeline is awesome, but I think some of it is random. Like "Samurai Deeper Kyo ends". Maybe I missed something this is relevant to on the website...


» Gum on October 13th, 2009, 9:52pm

Was trying to make this comprehensive timeline of industry events and series starting/ending...gave up after the first 3 hours...if someone else wanna do it, go right ahead wink


» miyagiCE on October 14th, 2009, 11:05am

Yeah I agree with Cave, the timeline is stuffed with a lot of pointless/unrelated information. Otherwise, great effort on the site!


» Kurapica on October 13th, 2009, 1:00am

That sounds interesting. Will check it out.


» Lowlife on October 13th, 2009, 1:20pm

I just wanted to say that I enjoyed the history lesson tremendously. Awesome, everyone involved.


» Lanz16 on October 15th, 2009, 12:10pm

This article about History of Scanlation is so informative.

I love how they explain the time-line and the progress of the industry of scanlation. smile


» bakarui on October 15th, 2009, 11:18pm

Wow, this certainly brings back memories. I started following scanlations about nine years ago, so it's strange seeing this site when I pretty much saw history play out. I don't know if it's a good or bad thing that I'm still reading manga at age 20, but I'm glad this community exists and is growing strong.

On a different note, some my all-time favorite manga were scanlated by these old-timer groups--HunterxHunter from Toriyama's World, Yakitate Japan from SnoopyCool, and Tokyo Crazy Paradise from Manga-Sketchbook. And I'm pleasantly surprised that someone saved all those 88x31 icons. They're ancient! It was a great idea to make a collage out of them.


» honeyyclover on October 24th, 2009, 12:50am

great site! it's very useful and packed with information. I learned so much stuff from this one website. keep it up! smile


» ishish on March 17th, 2018, 8:05pm

I just read the articles and honestly it was really informative and I'm glad to have read it. What's interesting is the fact that it's been almost 10 years since the site which is, coincidentally, is almost the same amount of time between the creation of the website and the beginnings of the scanlation community. I have only been around for 3 years and I never really played a part in the community, truthfully I don't even read manga that often anymore, and its cool to see how much the community has changed even from when the site was created. Anyways, theres probably a better place to post this on, but really just a job well done on the site. Wonder what the people you interviewed are up to now days. Thanks for the hard work from 9 years later.
Edit: Also many of the groups considered new back then are considered old now or are dead. And I had never even heard of mangaproject and the like until now, meaning many of the people who were here in the beginning are gone now. Very interesting stuff.


» lambchopsil on March 17th, 2018, 8:58pm

Yeah, most of the "old guard" of the scanlation community is gone sad

No clue what happened to many of them


» ishish on March 26th, 2018, 8:22am

As a guess I'd say most of them probably outgrew this stuff, a lot of them are probably in their 30s, I think at least. Or they could have just gotten bored of it as well.