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Feed from the Broccoli panel at Anime-Expo 2008. Transcription: zalas
Note: ( ) is usually commenting on the panel and was not said.

15:33:18 <zalas|Broccoli> We're starting late
15:35:15 <zalas|Broccoli> Jonathan Kung
15:35:18 <zalas|Broccoli> marketing coordinator
15:35:22 <zalas|Broccoli> in charge of ads, promotion
15:35:25 <zalas|Broccoli> also did some edits and translations
15:35:33 <zalas|Broccoli> if you don't know, Brocco Int is a fairly small company
15:35:35 <zalas|Broccoli> 8 full time staffers
15:35:42 <zalas|Broccoli> try to churn out as much as fast as we can
15:35:51 <zalas|Broccoli> our main line is books in general
15:35:59 <zalas|Broccoli> used to have a DVD line called synchpoint
15:36:01 <zalas|Broccoli> kind of stopped doing that
15:36:09 <zalas|Broccoli> notice the furifuri shirts and stuff that we produced
15:36:12 <zalas|Broccoli> surprised that it's still going
15:36:22 <zalas|Broccoli> would've thought people bought the shirts already
15:36:30 <zalas|Broccoli> we also do shirts and figurines in addition to manga
15:36:40 <zalas|Broccoli> We try to bring Japanese companies over for conventions
15:36:48 <zalas|Broccoli> like Organic Hobby
15:36:50 <zalas|Broccoli> (Revoltech)
15:37:04 <zalas|Broccoli> famous line that does robot mecha that's fully transformable/posable
15:37:06 <zalas|Broccoli> really awesome
15:37:11 <zalas|Broccoli> we also brought circus here
15:37:19 <zalas|Broccoli> kind of surprising
15:37:27 <zalas|Broccoli> that people know about Circus
15:37:42 <zalas|Broccoli> Most of us all started from scratch
15:37:45 <zalas|Broccoli> small UCLA anime club
15:38:07 <zalas|Broccoli> sadly for press, we can't announce any licenses
15:38:17 <zalas|Broccoli> since shizuki is not here
15:38:27 <zalas|Broccoli> first thing that came out is Cosmode USA
15:38:32 <zalas|Broccoli> printed version of Cosmode Japan
15:38:35 <zalas|Broccoli> hardcover
15:38:44 <zalas|Broccoli> took pieces of all issues we had and slapped it into a hardcover
15:39:00 <zalas|Broccoli> if you don't know what cosmode is, it's a cosplay oriented magazine
15:39:07 <zalas|Broccoli> full color photos as well as tips and tricks
15:39:37 <zalas|Broccoli> please buy this book, we were working on it while we were at fanime
15:39:47 <zalas|Broccoli> we didn't sleep for 2 weeks
15:39:49 <zalas|Broccoli> so please look at it
15:39:55 <zalas|Broccoli> all of our pain and all of our glory
15:40:07 <zalas|Broccoli> Disgaea 2
15:40:13 <zalas|Broccoli> couldn't get it approved quickly enough from NIS
15:40:14 <zalas|Broccoli> with naming, etc.
15:40:17 <zalas|Broccoli> it's a guide artbook
15:40:54 <zalas|Broccoli> koi cupid
15:40:59 <zalas|Broccoli> from author of tokyo mew mew
15:41:06 <zalas|Broccoli> from a broccoli magazine
15:41:11 <zalas|Broccoli> only 10 dollars and really really cute
15:41:14 <zalas|Broccoli> very very cute
15:41:26 <zalas|Broccoli> instead of girls turning into cats and stuff, it's about cupid
15:41:32 <zalas|Broccoli> there's an angel in it too, about as cute as it can get
15:41:41 <zalas|Broccoli> sola
15:41:59 <zalas|Broccoli> we planned on releasing it with the BVUSA DVD
15:42:07 <zalas|Broccoli> Bandai's now pushing for it, but release isn't known about yet
15:42:13 <zalas|Broccoli> sola manga is only 2 volumes
15:42:20 <zalas|Broccoli> it's a lot different from the anime in the end
15:42:26 <zalas|Broccoli> I think it's a better read than watching the anime
15:42:35 <zalas|Broccoli> one of our new things
15:42:36 <zalas|Broccoli> $11
15:42:52 <zalas|Broccoli> highest quality possible, really good print run, thick pieces of paper, doesn't yellow
15:43:08 <zalas|Broccoli> if you come up and feel it and whack someone on the head with it, they'll tell you it's heavier than a Viz book or Del Rey book
15:43:12 <zalas|Broccoli> this is an experiment
15:43:52 <zalas|Broccoli> main character matsuri, kind of like a vampire like she can't get into the sun
15:44:04 <zalas|Broccoli> she doesn't suck blood though
15:44:13 <zalas|Broccoli> she's never seen the sky
15:44:17 <zalas|Broccoli> they say she's 400 years old
15:44:20 <zalas|Broccoli> she years to see the sky
15:44:22 <zalas|Broccoli> she's alone, so...
15:44:26 <zalas|Broccoli> "sola"
15:44:30 <zalas|Broccoli> sora - sky
15:44:31 <zalas|Broccoli> dual meaning
15:44:35 <zalas|Broccoli> I hope you guys read it
15:44:36 <zalas|Broccoli> it's only 2 volumes
15:44:45 <zalas|Broccoli> for $22, or 20% at borders, it's a pretty good deal for a full series
15:44:51 <zalas|Broccoli> helps you prep up for the anime that should come up soon
15:45:05 <zalas|Broccoli> other lineup
15:45:14 <zalas|Broccoli> sola had a problem with the printing
15:45:16 <zalas|Broccoli> they printed it upside down
15:45:23 <zalas|Broccoli> *they printed the cover upside down
15:45:47 <zalas|Broccoli> it got stuck in customs from Canada -> US
15:46:40 <zalas|Broccoli> Plus Enema's author's new series Nyui?
15:46:51 <zalas|Broccoli> plushie coming to life
15:47:01 <zalas|Broccoli> if you like your plushie too much, they turn into bishounen
15:47:04 <zalas|Broccoli> only 3 volumes long
15:47:07 <zalas|Broccoli> price point is still $9.99
15:47:18 <zalas|Broccoli> Honoka Love Love (?)
15:47:21 <zalas|Broccoli> coming in August
15:47:25 <zalas|Broccoli> girl who gets into game design
15:47:29 <zalas|Broccoli> character designer
15:47:39 <zalas|Broccoli> writer and animator are still working in video game industry
15:47:53 <zalas|Broccoli> we finally got disgaea 2 vol 3
15:47:53 <zalas|Broccoli> it should
15:47:58 <zalas|Broccoli> be done by november
15:48:05 <zalas|Broccoli> translating like a mad man
15:48:31 <zalas|Broccoli> we may be able to say something at SDCC
15:48:44 <zalas|Broccoli> Q: galaxy angel video game
15:49:03 <zalas|Broccoli> A: we had a hard time with the translations. broccoli japan hasn't sent us materials
15:49:14 <zalas|Broccoli> A: since digital distribution is better, we're still thinking about it
15:49:25 <zalas|Broccoli> A: especially since we're helping out with Circus
15:49:41 <zalas|Broccoli> Q: what about steam?
15:49:56 <zalas|Broccoli> A: I like the idea of how steam works, still need to talk to them and see if they would put Da Capo or Galaxy Angel on
15:50:06 <zalas|Broccoli> A: since it's not "Steam-like"
15:51:04 <zalas|Broccoli> Q: galaxy angel series, are the series intertwined or single shots? (for the manga)
15:51:08 <zalas|Broccoli> A: all actually continuous
15:51:22 <zalas|Broccoli> A: Galaxy Angel I came first, and they changed the manga company, and changed the name to Beta
15:51:31 <zalas|Broccoli> A: Galaxy Angel II is way after, when everyone's older
15:51:52 <zalas|Broccoli> A: galaxy angel party is an anthology/ bunch of artists came together and drew stuff, but no real dfeinite place in the storyline
15:52:09 <zalas|Broccoli> Q: GAII still continuing?
15:52:12 <zalas|Broccoli> A: we're still translating that
15:52:22 <zalas|Broccoli> A: vol4 should come out in dec if we're lucky; haven't gotten materials from Japan yet
15:52:59 <zalas|Broccoli> Q: any plans of making a second season of GA Rune?
15:53:12 <zalas|Broccoli> A: We don't make anime, but from what I've heard, that's it for galaxy angel rune
15:53:21 <zalas|Broccoli> A: might come long time later, but right now BV is swamped
15:53:58 <zalas|Broccoli> A: ask BV people
15:55:10 <zalas|Broccoli> Q: disgaea 3?
15:55:14 <zalas|Broccoli> A: plan to release in aug/nov
15:55:27 <zalas|Broccoli> Q: planning something similar for disgaea 3?
15:55:33 <zalas|Broccoli> A: yeah, they always do that
15:56:40 <zalas|Broccoli> Q: still keeping the licenses even though synchpoint is not alive
15:56:59 <zalas|Broccoli> A: tenshi ni narumon rights expired a long time ago, we still have DGC license. I belive we keep all flcl license
15:58:26 <zalas|Broccoli> Q: do you tend to choose short stories for licesning?
15:58:35 <zalas|Broccoli> A: in general, people aim for short or very successful series
15:58:46 <zalas|Broccoli> A: when we get a license, we have to print ALL of the series
15:59:19 <zalas|Broccoli> Japan is low run printing
15:59:24 <zalas|Broccoli> US has minimums for printing
16:00:06 <zalas|Broccoli> we were bidding on soul eater for a long long time
16:00:11 <zalas|Broccoli> we didn't get them though
16:00:40 <zalas|Broccoli> usually getting a license, they ask for package licenses
16:00:47 <zalas|Broccoli> that's why you see all those titles that aren't that succesful
16:02:39 <zalas|Broccoli> Q: how much freelancers? what jobs?
16:02:44 <zalas|Broccoli> sometimes tl is in house and sometimes outside
16:02:52 <zalas|Broccoli> we try to cut costs to have staff in house
16:03:24 <zalas|Broccoli> about 50% is done outside (by time)
16:03:30 <zalas|Broccoli> takes a long time to do layout and cleaning
16:04:01 <zalas|Broccoli> things done in house are stuff we have to get instant approval from Japan
16:04:22 <zalas|Broccoli> stuff that don't have to be directly approved by Japan go external
16:04:54 <zalas|Broccoli> really good freelancers eventually get a full time job in a manga company
16:05:00 <zalas|Broccoli> Q: for manga, how many positions are there?
16:05:51 <zalas|Broccoli> A: tl, layout, cleanup, edits, graphics supervision (cover, TOC, ads), licensor (submit to Japan and let them look at it),
16:05:58 <zalas|Broccoli> can be 1-2 people staff-wise
16:06:09 <zalas|Broccoli> depending on how hard they want to work
16:06:13 <zalas|Broccoli> Q: what does cleanup do?
16:06:37 <zalas|Broccoli> A: depends on the material. if we get material from licensors and for Broccoli JP they have all the digital materials
16:07:01 <zalas|Broccoli> 6MB for a page
16:07:04 <zalas|Broccoli> 4800 dpi or so
16:07:09 <zalas|Broccoli> some other places may not have the digital stuff
16:07:14 <zalas|Broccoli> because it belongs to creator
16:07:20 <zalas|Broccoli> while the license company has the rights
16:07:25 <zalas|Broccoli> so we have to scan it in
16:07:28 <zalas|Broccoli> at 4800dpi or so
16:07:36 <zalas|Broccoli> cleanup makes sure the contrast is good
16:07:39 <zalas|Broccoli> get rid of Japanese text
16:07:44 <zalas|Broccoli> and remove if possible the sound effects
16:08:12 <zalas|Broccoli> cleaner's job is ... uh... hell
16:08:20 <zalas|Broccoli> Q: how much of the layout do you change from the original?
16:08:33 <zalas|Broccoli> A: we don't change much, except possibly the sound effects and try to keep sound effects in the same style of font
16:08:51 <zalas|Broccoli> Q: how hard is it for the translators?
16:09:02 <zalas|Broccoli> A: koi cupid has very little dialogue and they talk very cute
16:09:08 <zalas|Broccoli> A: that's not tough, no scientific
16:09:11 <zalas|Broccoli> A: gundam... good luck
16:09:22 <zalas|Broccoli> A: disgaea is pretty hard, sometimes the TL haven't played the game
16:09:42 <zalas|Broccoli> A: it could be difficult if there's a lot of words
16:09:52 <zalas|Broccoli> A: tl for death note: impossible
16:09:58 <zalas|Broccoli> A: give him a high five to the translator
16:10:11 <zalas|Broccoli> A: Gon, no text very easy
16:10:48 <zalas|Broccoli> Q: cost per page prod cost?
16:11:16 <zalas|Broccoli> A: off the record
16:14:16 <zalas|Broccoli> now doing rocks papers and scissors for prizes
16:21:33 <zalas|Broccoli> clarification on Galaxy Angel games: broccoli is interested in releasing all the games, like moonlit lovers and GAII. Right now, the main hurdle is convincing the Japanese side that it'll be profitable to do. US has a minimum print run limit so if 10,000 units or so can't be moved out, it won't be possible to do it.
16:21:50 <zalas|Broccoli> US has a minimum print run limit so if 10,000 units or so can't be moved out, it won't be possible to do it.
16:22:07 <zalas|Broccoli> Could produce in Japan and ship like BVUSA, but would be very expensive products
16:22:15 <zalas|Broccoli> Considering perhaps digital distribution
16:22:21 <zalas|Broccoli> panel is over
Notes: None