I really can't believe this. I discovered Mangamagazine a few years ago when I was searching for a way to eventually get Praigaku published. Eventually, I came across Mangamagazine. There, I met amazing authors and artists, and competed in their drawing tournaments a couple times... But now, as of this coming February... It's going to be gone... There are SO many unique stories on that site from people all over the world... Stories I NEVER would have discovered without that site. As I worked on Praigaku, and shared my work, I received numerous new friends (albeit online) who were more than happy to give me helpful constructive criticism as well as wonderful positive feedback about what I was doing right. And that's even with my incomplete (and now out-of-date) chapters!
I'm really feeling infuriated by this; and not only for myself! There are artists/authors on that site who have worked so hard and so long to gain the opportunity to be published, and were able to earn money from online viewers to their work! And now all of those amazing artists are having that income and ability to share their incredible stories with us all ripped out from under their feet!
....... When I took a leave of absence, I told myself, "Ok, there are things I need to work on to really make it on this site, to really give my viewers something to look forward to." so I silently slipped out, and started working on my art style and my writing. And just last week, I finally found myself at that place, despite losing my flash drive that had all fifteen of my scripted books. Up until now, I was soooo excited that I could return to Mangamagazine and show everyone how much I've improved. I wanted to stand up next to my idols of that site like Odunze, Suzuran, Ashikai, LOOMinate, H0lyhandgrenade, Rogo, Easy, Alakolita, Ogawa Buruku, Leaglem, Fruitloop-chan, ARGH!! There are sooooo many people I wanted to join on the stage as non-japanese manga artists!!
I wanted to be the American Mangaka. That's why I joined with that username. Praigaku is my dream; and those people are the ones I wanted to be compared to.
I will NOT lose contact with those people! I will not allow myself to lose the people that inspire me to work hard on Praigaku! I doubt they'll ever know just how much they impacted my life and drive to become a graphic novelist, but I'll be damned if I lose the chance to read their stories!
Sorry for the rant guys... Mangamagazine/Inkblazers was a major part of my life in terms of artistic pursuit. I have until February to contact them and find a way to stay in touch. I wont give up on the things that inspire me.