I don't know if anyone saw this interview with Est Em but if you are a fan, it is a good, longer read.
She has an attitude toward scanlations & the community that I thought was very open - it put me in mind of Neil Gaimen's thoughts on piracy as well.
ee: You have all these amateurs coming up, and so many scanlations and things like that, so you really need people at the publisher level to be paying a good price to serious professional translators and producing works of real quality.
ja: Right. We talked about the bootlegs before too.
ee: We did. Naturally, being read is basically my top priority, but if my manga ends up opening up these girls’ world and they end up wanting to know more, that might lead them to the official book or whatever. In the end, though, I draw because I want people to read me. I can’t say anything against this broader scope. I’d actually say instead that all of this is because there is this potential in manga. It’s just that price and speed are serious issues. So you can’t just denounce the pirating, you have to look at how you do manga, how you change things, how to actually get it to readers.
ja: Right, exactly. As long as there are no other options, the bootleg versions are going to keep coming out.
ee: Because while there are fewer and fewer people reading manga in Japan, there are so many possibilities out there in the world.
It's not a validation - especially not if it's something you can already buy & read in english - but it's a recognition that some of us are fans and not just rotten scoundrels in it for dirty pirate money. She's also smart about the publishers needing to step up & coincide with international publishers. But I think the only thing that will make them pay attention to ebooks is sales.
(You can buy Tableau Numero 20 right here: https://www.sublimemanga.com/reader/644 )