Chiko Takahashi(Apple Box Create)/ manga reprint,dojinshi(fanzine)(9)

Mr. Takahashi’s turning point, who had been a manga artist of a fanzine, came with the arrival of offset printing.
The form of fanzines changed from the earliest handwritten fanzine to a copied one, and then, to an offset printing done by a printing office.
When their fanzine became printed by offset printing, not by homemade copy, Mr. Takahashi began to worry about the level of its contents. The offset looked more attractive by far and involved
greater expense.

“But the level of manuscripts was uneven. If we collect membership fees and make a fanzine together, we must print manuscripts of low level too.
But is it okay that we bother to print it in a printing office and have readers buy it? I came to think so. And then, I began to make a fanzine alone.”

At the spread of offset printing,what put Mr.Takahashi in trouble was his inside eyes which overlooked the whole. In addition, it was his feeling that couldn’t be indifferent to the form’s beauty, and that wanted readers not to be depressed with its contents.
It may be called a natural editor temperament, but he had the eyes which distinguished levels, and was consciousness to feel that form requires a matching level of content.

Consequently, Mr. Takahashi started being responsible for editing and came to realize the fun of picking artists with his horizontal connection to compose a fanzine that satisfies his discerning eyes.

“If I edit it with my own effort, I can call an artist that I felt was nice from beyond the group. Besides, I can reward their cooperation with works as a manga artist.”
The works which he thinks good, and the works which readers think good.
In that way, as mentioned before, reprinting of old manga began.
It seems that it was just one of the various ways for filling the pages at first.
But,during many years, probably as he faced increasing difficulty of production, the fanzine and reprinting became closely connected with each other, like two wheels of the car,for
Mr.Takahashi.