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Poll: Have you ever translated comic books/ manga?
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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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Other - Too old Feb 27, 2010

If I were 30 years younger it might interest me

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Helen Matthews  Identity Verified
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Enjoyed the challenge Feb 27, 2010

Only a couple of short comic strips, but really enjoyed the challenge of trying to convey the same meaning and effect above all in English as was in the original language!

In texts like this it's amazing just how much there is in the way of cultural reference/baggage etc. that you really have to work round/into the target text, sometimes in a completely different way - anyone read Asterix in the various languages?


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Neil Cross
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Other Feb 27, 2010

I voted "Other" because there wasn't an option that simply said "No" (without a value judgment either way)

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Francisco Rocha  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Yes Feb 27, 2010

I'm a comic book fan myself, and I also translate some animes and cartoons (which my 8 years old son loves, and that's the best reward!).

Also I think it makes you work another part of the brain, in contrast to other more "serious" translations.

Plus, there a lot of comics and manga for adults, which would be a good challenge to translate, definitely is a great field to work.

[Edited at 2010-02-27 11:34 GMT]


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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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Nope Feb 27, 2010

and no real time for that

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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
United States
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Other: Never did it but open to the idea Feb 27, 2010

Why is it assumed that someone would only do this "for kicks"?

If a client wants to pay me to translate comic books, that's fine by me. Why wouldn't it be?

[Edited at 2010-02-27 12:44 GMT]


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Francisco Rocha  Identity Verified
Brazil
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??? Feb 27, 2010

Michael Harris wrote:

and no real time for that


It's a job, not a hobbie, and much better than many projects that I've made. I'll take anyday a comic or a cartoon over a manual or a corporate video. Most of the time they pay better and the work is more valued.


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Rolf Kern  Identity Verified
Switzerland
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Other Feb 27, 2010

I voted "other" meaning here: "no, but I probably could do it".

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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
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Voted "for kicks" but that isn't what I mean. Feb 27, 2010

No, I never have, and yes, I'd like to try, for the challenge.

One of my students is translating a graphic novel for her translation thesis, and I look forward to serving on her thesis committee. I expect to learn a lot.

[Edited at 2010-02-27 15:42 GMT]


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Russell Jones  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Enjoyed it Feb 27, 2010

Comic books are very popular in Italy.
My job was to translate them (female detective stories) with a view to them being used as film scripts. Half way through the first one, the client remembered to tell me that the dialogue needed to fit into the existing speech bubbles for the first stage of the process - not at all easy.

They also wanted detailed descriptions of all the locations and character profiles, which was a new challenge - but attracted favourable comments.

In one story, though, I missed one frame and it just happened to be the one that unravelled the mystery, leading me to mis-identify the culprit. Moral: read the whole story first!

The opportunity to translate into colloquial, anglo-saxon English for a change was one I really enjoyed.


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Caro Maucher  Identity Verified
Germany
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No but I'd really like to try Feb 27, 2010

Just like translating subtitles, I believe that translating comics is closely related to writing poetry. Leave everything out that isn't vital and make it flow like the words had always just been there, waiting.

Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge definitely range very high up on my most-admired-people-on-the-planet list!
And the guys who translate Donald Duck into German (Lustige Taschenbücher, I love them) also often come up with very nice ideas.

[Edited at 2010-02-27 16:27 GMT]


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Özden Arıkan  Identity Verified
Germany
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English to Turkish
I have - very enjoyable and challenging Feb 27, 2010

Would certainly do it again. It was one book-length adventure of Zorro. Great challenge to teach a translator how to be economic, precise, and natural with her wording

BTW, glad to see that the Nightmare on Poll Street is over. Even if anyone announced that the poll discussion would be back to its normal format, I seem to have missed it.


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Portuguese to English
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My dream job Feb 27, 2010

I would LOVE to translate comics and children's books, too. I've never had the opportunity except for one children's book, but it would be right up my alley. At the moment I'm translating two novels, and I love that, too.

So, if anybody's looking for someone to translate comics/kids' books from Portuguese to English, I'm your girl!


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Would love to try it Feb 28, 2010

I would imagine that it's very challenging. I can't imagine a professional translator thinking it's beneath their dignity.

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