After re-reading my own copy of Yakuzine (autobio + Ryu ga Gotoku/Yakuza video game series zine) I felt inspired to share some of the ideas behind the project/execution! The (sometimes) nice thing about self-pub is that you can put in so many easter eggs, but of course, the labour...
The rest of this post may have SPOILERS.
The concept for the cover was by PowersWithin. The precise convo was as follows:
Me: Do u have ideas for the zine cover
Powerswithin: maybe it can be a troll ver of a physical game cover ....
Powerswithin: (sends Kiwami playstation game box art)
Powerswithin: And everyone is just crying
Me: I mean this isnt a lie
Powerswithin: it's tru they all cry
Powerswithin: (sends image below)
Me: Is our zine PG 😂
Me: We only played on PC!
Powerswithin: THE IRONY
Me: Ty for this inspo
Since the Kiwami 1 cover became the basis, I tried to keep as many elements as the original as possible, but with "deviations" as necessary. My first pass before futzing with the copy.
I also riffed off the marketing copy on the original, but changed it to be more descriptive of what's in the zine.
I haven't used this many emboss/deboss gradient text effects in a long time.
Title and credits pages
The beginning and ending of book has decorative morning glory and sunflower elements, based on the orphanages in the series. Bless Clip Studio Paint (CSP) default decoration brushes for having them...
Because we love Majima Everywhere, so snuck him in...
The book was a beast to put together because of its multi-series-ness and the mix of content that is autobio and headcanon. I personally tried to differentiate by drawing them differently.
Autobio (left) uses hard lines and is manually lettered. Headcanon (right) uses a grainier line and lettered with a font.
After trying to draw Movie Majima I realized something that I couldn't unsee.
We had many conversations about Yakuza that didn't make it into the zine, but here is a sampling of our fever.
If Etsuko can join, maybe I can too???
Now if only I had more time to play Yakuza...