Last November, I talked about J-Comi, an online site that is publishing out-of-print manga for free. J-Comi is the brainchild of Love Hina and Negima! creator Akamatsu and the whole site is being supported by advertisements.
The site has recently opened to Japanese readers with downloadable PDFs riddled with Japanese ads. The latest news though say that J-Comi will be working with Google to create a comic viewer with “dynamic advertising and overseas support”.
Although all the manga’s on the site are in Japanese, Akamutsu is planning to allow readers to enter and save comments to every page of manga so that non-Japanese readers may enjoy the manga as well from translations, footnotes, and interaction with the creator and readers.
Akamutsu’s plans don’t stop there! He also has plans to include doujinshi (self-published fan parody works) to J-Comi where both doujinshi-makers and original creators take a cut from the profits earned from ads.
This is one of the very many legal manga reading portals opening up in the internet lately, and I must say that it is one of the best one’s out there so far. At least, the best sounding one. If you’d like to check it out, drop by J-Comi at j-comi.jp.