- What is this all about?
- What does the license mean?
- Are you doing this professionally?
- Are you going to publish this on online book stores?
- Why don’t you use Kickstarter/Indiegogo/Patreon?
- The project looks almost entirely influenced by Japanese culture. Is it true?
- Is the Japanese setting also reflected in common personality stereotypes and settings?
- There are so many Japanese-wannabe works written around the Internet! How is this any better?
What is this all about?
The blog post introducing the initiative has most of the details on how and why this project was started. Additional information are available in the About section.
What does the license mean?
The Creative Commons license used by this project grants more rights to the reader, as opposed to standard copyright. The specific license used by The Guardians of The Dawn allows you to:
- Redistribute freely the content, as long as the authors are properly credited (Attribution)
- Alter, transform, build upon this work, as long as the changes are shared in the same manner as the original work (ShareAlike)
As an example, someone would be able to translate the work in another language, as long as the original authors were credited and shared freely in the same manner, without the need for explicit permission from us (but letting us know would be good!).
Are you doing this professionally?
No, currently this is a side activity of the two authors.
Are you going to publish this on online book stores?
At the moment, we are not sure. When we first envisioned the idea, things were very different than they are now. For now we are focusing on writing all that needs to get written. Afterwards, we’ll see. Regardless of what path we take, the books will always be available under a Creative Commons license.
Why don’t you use Kickstarter/Indiegogo/Patreon?
There are several reasons why we did not use crowdfunding. The major expense of this project is time, rather than money. Money is mostly spent to provide artwork, therefore while it would help in bringing artwork quickly, it would not make writing faster. In addition, setting up a (successful) crowdfunding initiative is almost a whole job by itself, and this again requires more time than what we currently have at our disposal.
The project looks almost entirely influenced by Japanese culture. Is it true?
Although there is a clear influence from both Japanese culture and some forms of mass enterntainment such as manga and anime, these aren’t the only foundations. A major source of inspiration comes from authors who wrote fantasy, science fiction and horror stories published in the early 1930s in magazines like Weird Tales. In particular the most influential on this project are Robert Ervin Howard, the creator of Conan the Cimmerian, and Howard Phillips Lovecraft, one of the fathers of the horror genre.
Is the Japanese setting also reflected in common personality stereotypes and settings?
While some stereotypes fit narratives very nicely, this is not always the case. What we have tried to do is to adapt the characters and the settings to the story, at the cost of a slight divergence from common personality and character types. In practice this means that even if some characters may display features that might seem stereotypical, there might be important differences. Whether this is a good or a bad thing, is a question for the reader to answer.
There are so many Japanese-wannabe works written around the Internet! How is this any better?
This matter needs to be looked at from a different perspective. We really don’t know if we are better or worse than the myriad of texts floating around the Internet. What we are trying to do, however, is to move in a slightly different direction.
We cannot deny that we have a major interest in Japanese culture: we’ve been studying the language for many years, we have been to the country itself several times, and we have read up on history and folklore. That said, we have also seen, over the course of time, different works that took inspiration from both Japanese culture and the anime and manga landscape: even the ones that were high quality did not satisfy us fully.
Perhaps exactly because we have been exposed to this much, our tastes had developed in a different direction, and there was a gap that we wanted to fill. The Guardians of the Dawn is our attempt to fill that gap.