- Wat is Dragon Ball? What is Canon?
- About DBM itself
- Comic Making
- Fan talk
- Questions about DBM's story
Wat is Dragon Ball?
What is "canon"
Is defined as canon anything that happened in the original manga. We name non-canon any addition from the animation or other stories. It concerns scenes, but also characters or techniques.
Gokû destroyed the top of Cell with a Kamehameha: it happenned in the animation and the manga, it's canon.
Gokû participated to a tournament in the world of the deads : it only happenned in the animation, it's not canon.
Piccolo is a canon character.
Pai Kuyan isn't a canon character.
Tarble, Vegeta's brother, isn't canon.
Tenshinhan's technique of separating into several bodies, is canon.
Piccolo uses this techniques in the animation, but not in the manga. Piccolo being able to separate isn't canon.
DBM adds elements to the story and follow DB canon. It also takes elements from the animations and films, but can modify them.
Usually when following the films, we take them all, but sometime change things the the consistency with the manga.
For example, Broly, who isn't "DB canon", is "DBM canon" but he isn't the one from the movies, and his story is different from the movies, too.
What movies/OAV/TV Special are "DBM Canon" ?
Dragon Ball -not-Z movies didn't happen.
DBZ Movies 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, didn't happen.
Movie 6 (Coola) happened in many DBM universes, but differently (there will be a special chapter).
Movie 8 (Broly) happened, but slighly differently, read here.
Movie 9 (Bojack) happened, and finished badly in universe 6.
Movie 10 (Broly's return) happened, but the story is completely different.
Movie 11 and 12 didn't happen.
Dr Raichi OAV may have happened in another universe not being in the tournament. We'll tell you more later.
Baddack TV Special happened, in most of the universes, except Baddack can't see the future. In universe 3, it happened differently.
Trunks TV Special didn't happen in universes 16 and 18, but happened in universes 12 and 14.
Tarble Movie didn't happen.
The new Badadck TV Special where he goes in the past, didn't happen.
The new Movie (Battle of Gods), we didn't see it so we don't know yet.
DBGT and DBGT TV Special didn't happen.
About DBM itself
Who are you?
Click on the menu on the left on "The authors".
Are you sponsored or backed-up by Toei, Jump, Namco, and/or Toriyama ?
But you're allowed to do that?...
...no. We could be if this was a parody (like is the well-known spanish Dragon Fall), but here, we'd need the copyright, and we will never get it.
But, as we don't sell this comic, there is no reason to stop us from making publicity to Dragon Ball :)
In japan, fan-comics like this one, named Dôjinshi, are very popular and numerous.
When will new pages come?
Usually, one new page each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, 20:00 GMT.
While a special chapter, there is one more page, on Monday.
Remaining time until next page is in "Read Comic" section.
You can also subscribe to the rss flow.
How many pages will there be?
The final number of pages in unknown.
Is there a paper version?
Is there an anime, will you do an anime?
Why don't you take DBGT into account?
DBGT is "only" an anime, and add inconsitency to the manga. Also, we don't like it.
How does Gogeta Jr draw?
Before page 100: with a pencil and pen on paper A3 format.
He scans, then changes little things on photoshop.
With the draft, the penciling, inking, then scan and edits, one page takes two days.
After: directly on the computer with a graphic tablet.
Draft, penciling, inking, all are done on the computer directly.
Then the page is sent to stef84 who makes the finishing details: spectators in the arena, black and grey surfaces...
What font is the text?
Where's the color?
No colors. Mangas are in black and white, excepts for special chapters and covers.
We're not looking for a colorist.
Does Gogeta Jr make 2 pages a week?
No. He usually makes 5-10 page drafts, then draws them. Pages are done "by pack". But on average, that's two pages a week. We can't do more.
How do you all work together?
All the team communicate thru internet. We live in different towns and never see each others.
Translators and other helpers use online tools coded by Salagir.
How do you manage so many languages?
Salagir coded a translation interface for optimizing the work.
As soon as he finishes the texts (after receiving the draft or
ink of G.Jr), he puts the french text in it, plus his translation to English.
The translators fill their language and the correctors for English and French fix Salagir's mistakes ;)
There is the translation of the comic's pages, but also the website pages, of misc. texts (chapter titles, user messages), pages of the mini-comic, news... translators have a lot of work, and thanks for the online tools, because I'm not copy-pasting from Word again.
I want to add my language, how do I do that?
How do you choose the fights?
Salagir answers: The matches are based on the dreamed fights I've seen online (forums, websites) these last ten years (NO NEED to suggest fights now), fanfics telling encouters, well, what I knew would please the readers.
I'm the only one to decide, but before that I "consult" my ideas and outcomes with friends who have a good look on DBZ and a critical mind (opposed to fanboys for example).
I also modify my choices depending on the story, because yes, I've got one.
Why a sequel to DBZ?
Salagir: For years I've written fanfics and have drawn comics, for the most part, about DBZ.
This sequel is just one of my works, but it's the one that worked the best.
As I often try to do fanfictions that are compatible with the original work, making a sequel gives me more liberties, and permits me to have characters at a good moment of the series, when all bad guys are known.
Gogeta Jr: Because that's the style that I'm the best in.
Will you do a forum?
Comments section is just as good as a real forum.
Do you read our comments?
We do what we can, but there are a lot and we don't have much time.
We can only rea English and French ones. Translators may tell us about interesting comments in their language. But it's not their job. The best way to be heard by the team is to mail it.
Will you add my character to DBM?
Want to see my drawings? Can you give me advice?
We're not teachers. Plus the internet is filled with tutorials and advices.
I'm a cartoonist, and would like to participate to DBM
Other cartoonists make the special chapters, on a script by Salagir. Right now we have several propositions, so we only take the ones who are serious, very motivated, and who have done comics before.
If you are like this, send a mail to Salagir with a link to your creations.
Questions about DBM's story
Why are there several universes and how are they different?
First, there is an infinity of universes. They never touch each others, except in case of time travel and Vargas travel.
All the universes began by and indentical big band. And then, all happened the same in each universe. Exactly the same, with little details of difference.
Because of these details, many universes diverged from one to another, but even today, there are a lot of identical universes. Each divergence appeared in many universes as well.
Whenever an event may end in two possible ways, then there is divergence. It roughly means that half of the concerned universes go one way, the other half goes the other way.
Example, in 10000000000 universes "X" (identicals), Gohan is fighting Cell, and during the final Kameha... 5000000000 (identical) universes X1 see Cell winning, and 5000000000 (identical) universes X2 see Gohan winning. Later, the universes X1 will separate into other universes (we know only of them the universe named 17) and the universes X2 separate split into universes 4, 6, 16, 18 and 20 (among others).
Nota: I used here some 5000000000, but in fact, there is an infinite number of it: half of ∞, is ∞ (ask your math teacher). So like this, we never lack universes, and searching well, we can always find a universe (an infinity in fact) that's identical to ours.
And time travel?
When Trunks went back in time, he went into a universes identical to his own, and in the past. Then he travelled back and forth between these two universes only. (of course, an infinity of Trunks did that).
Example: Trunks was in universe A, went back in time, which created a divergence in the past. The group of A is separated into groups A.1 (his universe whose past cannot be changed), and A.2 (the one "we know" where he kills Freeza).
(See diagrams explaining his travels in time - FRENCH).
The A.1 then became universe 12 (among others). And A.2 became universe X (among others).
There will be a great chart that will explain that in details, but not right now to avoid spoilers.
How do the Vargas find the entrants?
They have a "magic" detector telling them who are the strongest of the universe. This detector has no difficulty finding androids and beings that do not emit energy, but it does not check the Other World, nor people that are unconscious, sealed by magic or Mafuba...
Sometimes, as seen with universe #6, the detector finds two groups, in which case the Vargas pick both.
The Vargas have visited hundreds of universes and sometimes found almost identical ones. They only invited the warriors when they saw an interesting difference.
Why is Broly so strong?
He's not the same Broly than in the movies (indeed, I give myself the right to change everything that's not from the manga).
Broly's "legendary" power causes his strength to be always increasing, as long as he is alive. Thus his power rises with each passing minute.
Our heroes have met Broly during an equivalent of Movie 8, and during an equivalent of Movie 10. Both times they barely succeeded in repelling him.