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The Comics WorldComic Books, Graphic Novels, and Their Publics$
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Benjamin Woo and Jeremy Stoll

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781496834645

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2022

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496834645.001.0001

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Pirates and Publishers

Pirates and Publishers

Comics Scanning and the Audience Function

(p.208) 13. Pirates and Publishers
The Comics World

Kalervo A. Sinervo

University Press of Mississippi

Although a robust literature addresses fan communities that illicitly scan, translate, and distribute manga for consumption outside Japan, English-language comics scanning has not been studied extensively and has received only scant journalistic coverage. Digital Comics Preservation (DCP) and Minutemen were two of the most active English-language comics scanning groups of the 2000s. Industry framing of scanners as “pirates” elides the creative, participatory work undertaken by these fans. Examining artifacts of the comics scanning process, chapter contributor Kalervo A. Sinervo overrides the discourse of piracy and recontextualizes scanners as users employing complex practice-sets, rather than as criminals trading in a shadow economy or free-speech/open-access evangelists. Recognizing scanners as a key node of participatory culture, it offers a new take on digitization, editing, and distribution as forms of distributed authorship.

Keywords:   Comics scanners, Piracy , Digitization, Participatory culture, Authorship

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