Celebrating the end of our first year of Scanlation!
I’ll post these first before my obligatory 1 year anniversary wall of text.
Chapter 328: MF
Chapter 329: MF
Chapter 330: MF
Looking back, it’s been an interesting experience.
When we first began scanlating, neither of us had ever touched photoshop or knew how to go about scanlating.
Here’s a few interesting things we’ve learned along the way.
1. Once you start scanlating, you notice errors in almost everything you read. You see typos, sub-par or no redraws and strange English in every chapter that isn’t released by a group with 40+ members . I’d be willing to bet there’s at least 1 minor typo for every 3 chapters we release. Conversely, high quality scans are scarily good to the point that I sometimes sit there staring at how well a page was cleaned.
2. Scanlation is incredibly easy. A lot of people say “I’d like to help but I don’t know how to do it”. You can pick up how to clean, redraw and typeset properly in under a week if you have a functioning brain and know what Google is. Even “advanced” techniques like using filters to clean take all of an afternoon to figure out.
3. Scanlation costs are close to nonexistent. Our running costs over the year for 317 chapters total less than $200. Anyone that tells you that they need to pay for their server or for volume raws is either getting enough traffic to support themselves already or seriously needs to reconsider why they’re spending so much. Anyone scanlating a weekly jump title should have enough hits to buy multiple copies of the magazine to use as toilet paper. Anyone buying another type of weekly magazine should probably just hire better cleaners and work off free raws.
4. Scanlators are slow. I mean, really, really slow. Being a leech for over a decade prior to scanning Kingdom, you get used to a series taking years to finish or to even catch up. Some scanlators tell you it takes 40 hours of work to finish a chapter… heh. Supergroups like Easy Going Scans and Japanzai release incredibly fast but have staff and project lists longer than this website; many of which are updated infrequently.
5. Joint projects are slow. The more people there are, the more time you spend checking and fixing stuff someone else has done. Difficulty in communication in joint projects prevents you from even getting the other group’s staff to do anything in the specific. In the end, you spend the exact same amount of time working on it.
6. Readers are incredibly generous; or at least you lot are. I have no idea how much other groups make from donations but way back when, I didn’t check my paypal for 2 weeks, then logged in and a bunch of nuts had donated $200. Though, we no longer accept donations any more for reasons that are now listed in the FAQ.
7. If you release on a regular schedule, your comments and hits section goes crazy. Someone’s even been using an auto-refresh website on our release days. I’m actually quite sure I could generate ad revenue if i migrated this site to an actual server. Too lazy and I hate ads though.
8. For some reason or another, we get a hell of a lot of comments on each release. A lot of other blog style scanlation sites average around 10. Thank you, all of you, for your comments. Even if it’s just a simple thanks, it’s very much appreciated.
To Wrap Up…
Over the past year, we’ve released 317 chapters which is rather a lot faster than we had originally planned. Our expectations going into this back at the start of 2013 were that the project would take close to 3 years to catch up so we’re rather ahead of schedule.
We’re now currently around 60 chapters behind the Japanese raws and should catch up in May at the earliest!
Looking forward to catching up and likely, many more years of Kingdom! (albeit, at a much slower release rate).