Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Maken-Ki! Chapter 44 raw

With this, I will have posted all of the raw Maken-Ki! chapters available right now. Chapter 45 will be in the next issue of Dragon Age, and I'll have the raws posted sometime in February.

If any of you have editing experience and would like to see more translated Maken-Ki! chapters, Hidoi~! needs more cleaners so they can continue scanlating the series. If you think you can help, contact them in their forums. I would help offer to help them, but I'm far too busy right now. I'd hate to see them drop this series.

I'll have my regular update when I get this month's Dragon Age in about a week and a half. See you then.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Maken-Ki! Chapter 43 raw

Here's the first of the two raw Maken-Ki! chapters I have. I did something different with the leveling than I did on the previous raw chapters. I tried to get it as close to the actual magazine paper as possible. Basically, what you see is very close to what you would see if you had a physical copy of the magazine.

I'll have the next one up soon.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Another One Bites the Dust

As much as I hate to turn this blog into a medium through which to discuss my opinions on topical issues, I think this is relevant enough for me to talk about it. Another file sharing site has gone down, though not forcibly as with Megaupload. After what happened with MU, FileSonic decided to retreat and remove file sharing from their site. I think they did this a bit prematurely, but I understand their fear of government prosecution.

I got over Megaupload's demise fairly quickly, but another file sharing site becoming unavailable within a few days is alarming. This could turn into an epidemic with file sharing sites shutting down until there are few left. I don't think the smaller site will shut down unless they start to get a lot of attention when the larger sites go down, but this is still scary. The internet is being affected even though the anti-piracy bills were taken off the docket in Congress.

If MediaFire decides to follow FileSonic's example, all of the downloads here will be down for a while. RapidShare, for one, is claiming they are confident in the legality of their site and will not shut there service down, but I don't want to use them if I can help it. If MediaFire does go down, which I think is unlikely, I will probably start using torrents. I think sharing through torrents will still be safe even if SOPA and/or PIPA is passed.

One last thing. I won't do this often, but I would like to ask for donations to help with the next issue of Monthly Dragon Age. I usually don't have a problem paying or it all myself, but I just spent a lot on textbooks. Whether I get any donations or not, I'll still buy it, but any little bit you can give would help me out. If I do happen to get more than the $50 I need, I'll put it towards the next issue.

I'll see you soon with more Maken-Ki! raws. I have two more chapters to post before I'm caught up.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Megaupload Shut Down

Megaupload, which has been my primary download host since I began here, has been shut down, and I don't think it's coming back. The U.S. government finally took legal action against what they are calling the "Mega Conspiracy" and arrested the founder and top employees for massive copyright infringement among other charges. Due to the seriousness of the charges, I don't think MU is ever coming back. I commend the retaliation efforts of Anonymous, but I don't think there is anything that will undo what has already been done.

So how does this affect Scans of the Dead? First, I've taken all Megaupload download links down. There's no point in leaving broken links up. I'll be uploading most of the material that was only on MU to Mediafire. I won't bother re-uploading older versions or previews. Eventually, I'll try to find another hosting site that I like, but for now I'll only post links to MF. If I have to, I might start using torrents.

This goes without saying, but I am opposed to the SOPA and PIPA legislation. The Department of Justice claims this had nothing to do with the battle in Congress. With this coming only a couple days after the small victory against the acts, though, I have a hard time believing that. In any case, this was probably inevitable as they obviously have enough evidence to make a good case against MU. I'm sure this won't be the last time this happens. I have a feeling this is just the beginning.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

HOTD Full Color Edition - extra episode 1 Beginning of the DEAD

Here's the latest color chapter of HOTD. It's Beginning of the DEAD, the first omake chapter. This is something I said I would do when it came out three months ago. I apologize for the lateness.


I'm in the process right now of scanning (and rescanning in some cases) all of the material I have that I plan to release. I probably won't be posting much more here, though, until I get some long overdue work done on the FCE for Torpedo Tits.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Triage X Chapter 21 and Maken-Ki! Chapter 42 Raws

A double release of raws today.

I did the editing on the Triage X much the same as the last chapter of Maken-Ki!, though I did a little more cleaning. You'll notice that I haven't been leveling the colors to make them truly black-and-white. This is because the manga is printed on off-white paper, meaning that making the white completely white would make it a different color than the original. It may not look as nice as typical scanlations, but in keeping as much of the gray mid-tone as possible, you get to see more of the original detail.

Here's Triage X Chapter 21:

And Maken-Ki! Chapter 42:

I got a new scanner that I'm still getting used to. It gives me better quality but also scans slower. As a result, I'll be scanning at a lower resolution on B&W pages, and I will be scaling down my releases to compensate. Currently, the pages in most of my releases are at a 2600 px height. From now on, raw chapters will be at 2400 px or 2200 px. It's still a relatively huge size, so there won't be much of a difference.

There are two more Maken-Ki! chapters that I will be doing sometime this month. I'll definitely have them done before the next chapter comes out next month. See you soon.

Monthly Dragon Age - February (1/7/12)

February, like this month and so many months before, will not include HOTD. The hiatus continues...

I told you last month I thought we were nearing the end of Heroine vs Heroine. Well, I was right. In a disappointing and bizarre twist, however, it's giving way to Shouji Sato's new illustration series, Hero vs Hero. This month's heroes are Takashi and Arashi. I know this doesn't sound too bad, but you may feel differently when you see it. I'll just say it appears Dragon Age is trying to increase their female readership. Here it is:

The good thing about this is that neither series has many male characters (especially Triage X), so it shouldn't go on too long. Let's just hope we don't get Guns vs Guns when Shouji runs out of male characters. (UPDATE: The description says this is the last illustration in the series, so it seems Heroine vs Heroine/Hero vs Hero has reached its end.)

The raws of this month's Triage X will come soon, followed closely by the raws of Maken-Ki! Chapter 42. See you soon.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Maken-Ki! Chapter 41 Raw

I know this is a few days late, but Happy New Year. To begin 2012 and the second year of Scans of the Dead, here is my first raw Maken-Ki! chapter. Hopefully it's the first of many.


I'm not exactly sure what's holding Hidoi up on their scanlation. They say they are short on cleaners, but it seems like too long of a long delay if that's the only problem. In any case, there are three more chapters (including the one in this month's issue of Dragon Age) out right now, and I will scan raws of those and any future chapters as long as Hidoi is behind on their scanlations. I will do minimal editing on Maken-Ki! for now, but when I begin releasing Triage X raws, I will do a more thorough editing job. I should have the first chapter posted on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week (Jan. 10 or 11).

I'm about to order this month's issue of Dragon Age, so now would be a good time to donate if you can. I would really appreciate it.

Dragon Age comes out on the 7th this month, so my update should come a bit earlier than usual. It will hopefully be a little less than a week from now. See you then.