International Manga Research Center, Kyoto Seika University
Comics Worlds & the World of Comics: Towards Scholarship on a Global Scale vol:1 pages:115-131
Global Manga Studies
Comics Worlds and the World of Comics: Towards Scholarship on a Global Scale date:19 September 2009
Fanworks are creative works that explicitly make use of characters and/or settings found in a copyrighted work. They are created by fans all over the world and range from fan-made manga (dōjinshi) to pieces of fanfic (shōsetsu), narrative texts from a few dozen words to novel-length, fan art (ichimai irasuto), individual pictorial depictions, musical pieces (dōjin ongaku), for instance, songs based on characters, and many other media. In this paper, I focus on fan-made manga such as those most often published in dōjinshi fanzines. I have two purposes: to examine the current position of dōjinshi within manga studies in general, and to describe several key areas in which more extensive dōjinshi research might offer distinctive contributions to manga studies.
The book in which this chapter appears was published simultaneously in English and Japanese.