A word from – depending on time of day – the commander or the executive officer of Pacific, Zeroblaze.
Dear friends and readers of Pacific,
Those of you who have been following me on various forms of social media (including weibo) should know that I’ve been arranging to hand over the physical distribution of the Chinese Pacific books over to a professional store. That process is now complete.
To me, this has always been a conflicting topic. I have always believed that part of what we do as doujin creators is the fact that we create and distribute our own books. It’s tough, but it’s a necessary part of life as a part of this hobby.
However, as the readership of Pacific steadily increase, this is no longer a viable option. Longterm followers of our team will realize that we are only a few people, scattered around the globe, and that under our current levels of productivity and activity, I cannot manage our own Taobao store at any degree of efficiency. Recently, This is getting to the point where delays in shipping and customer service is becoming consistent.
Furthermore, this is something I must do on my own, as after careful deliberation, pulling in additional resources from the team to assist me with distribution would mean we pull away valuable time from the creation of Pacific. This would result in the classical definition of lose-lose, especially if it hampers our creativity.
No matter what, any creation of harm for our readers is unacceptable.
Thus, as of today, there will be two doujin stores handling our physical Chinese distribution. You can find our books at Gensoukyou, and I will announce our second affiliate in due time.
Thank you for all your support. We will do our best in the future as well.
So does anything change?
Well, maybe Pacific books will have an increase of 50 cents (3 RMB or so, I’m not entirely sure on how Taobao works but I’ve seen the totebag version at both 50 RMB and 53 RMB) in terms of its pricing, as we are still going to be doing everything on our own, minus the distribution. None of us is doing anything differently. Zero’ll still be trekking over to the conventions himself. I’m still going to be doing what I’m doing. November and Sima and everyone else, same thing.
We’re a small team, and we’re proud of the fact that we’ve gotten stuff done. We’re only doing this because we believe it’s best for our readers in the long run. So here’s to you. 🙂