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Xuan Xuan

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Xuan Xuan (pronounced swan swan) is a collection of short and serialized manga that is produced by amateur Australian writers and artists. It is a 80-120 page tri-annual publication that is A5 in size.

Listed below are some commonly asked questions, and some not so commonly asked ones. This area will be added to on a regular basis, so please, email questions and suggestions to us.

What is Manga?
What is Anime?
What does Serialized mean?
What does Tri-annual mean?
Why only Australian artists and writers?
Will I get paid?
I only have single illustrations, can I still contribute?
I can draw, but can't write, can I still contribute?
I can write, but can't draw, can I still contribute?
Who is Responsible?
Is Xuan Xuan related to the X-Men?

What is Manga?

Manga, literally translated, means 'irresponsible pictures'. More generally, it is the accepted term used to describe Japanese comics. Manga is differentiated from western comics due to its highly distinctive art style and wide variety of subject matter.

Technically, what is produced for Xuan Xuan is not manga, as it is not produced by japanese comics professionals. Doujinshi (fan or amateur produced comics in the manga style) is a more accurate term, but for the sake of simplicity, we will be using the term 'manga' to define what we're all about here!

What is Anime?

Anime is the term used to describe cartoons that are produced in Japan. Like manga, it has a distinctive style, and is broad in theme and content. Anime is not to be confused with manga. While they are closely related, they are seperate mediums.

What does serialized mean?

Serialized means that there is an ongoing story that is continued in each issue. Not all stories have to be serialized, however. If you have a manga that is self-contained in ten pages, great.

What does tri-annual mean?

Tri-annual means that Xuan Xuan is published three times a year, or put another way, once every four months. Simple, no?

Why only Australian artists and writers?

The reason that we are only accepting Australian writers and artists is simple: we want to promote the local talent that we know is out there. Being involved with anime and manga in Australia for as long as we have, we know that there is a largely untapped potential out there amongst Australian writers and artists. We view Xuan Xuan as a place for those writers and artists to get their work out into the community and noticed.

Will we ever accept international submissions? We may well do in future issues, however, space for international submissions will be severely restricted, and preference will be given to Australian material.

Will I get paid?

The answer to this question at the moment is no. All contributors will, however, receive one free copy of the issue in which their work appears (which will be shipped to you free of charge, if we cannot hand it to you in person).

As Xuan Xuan is only a small, starting venture at present, we cannot afford to pay our contributors. Should Xuan Xuan become a larger affair, and therefore make the cost of printing per unit cheaper, this policy will be reconsidered.

I only have single illustrations, can I still contribute?

Yes, you can. Xuan Xuan is in need of one-off illustrations to be used on the covers, and throughout the book. All art is welcome.

I can draw, but can't write, can I still contribute?

Yes, you can. We have a growing list of writers and artists that need a partner. The best way for us to find you one, is for you to join our mailing list, and to post a message stating who you are, what you do, and what it is you would like.

Click here to view our mailing list page, describing how to join, terms of use, etc.

I can write, but can't draw, can I still contribute?

Yes, you can. We have a growing list of writers and artists that need a partner. The best way for us to find you one, is for you to join our mailing list, and to post a message stating who you are, what you do, and what it is you would like.

Click here to view our mailing list page, describing how to join, terms of use, etc. Woah. Deja Vu.

Who is Responsible?

Kate Langford and Colin Sharpe are the two people who came up with the idea for Xuan Xuan.

Kate is an ex-CIA librarian as well as having been the gaming co-ordinator for Swancon 25. Kate has had an interest in anime and manga for quite some time, and has been involved in helping out at JAFWA, the largest of Perth's anime clubs.

Colin is a graphic designer who has been involved in numerous Perth based clubs, and has been on the committee of two Swancons. He was the co-editor of JAMWAF, JAFWA's newsletter, for a record run of four years.

Is Xuan Xuan related to the X-Men?

No, Xuan Xuan is not in any way related to the X-Men. They just both happen to have the letter 'X' in the title.

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