No Jam Today: Comics about Life, Computers, Games, and Anime
No Jam Today!
No Jam Today is a Russian web comic
written, drawn and published by Konstantin Krylovskiy as a hobby project since 2008.
There is a total of 440 No Jam Today comics in Russian, and 112 comics have already been translated into English.
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Latest comics in series:
The classic issues about life, computers, games, and anime with a contemplative atmosphere.
The yonkoma-style manga about a magical cafe with vampires, werewolves, cakes and fanservice.
The artistic graphically-linguistic project for visual and textual experiments on the comic format.
The side project with No Jam Today heroes as cute schoolgirls, created in the spirit of comedy school anime.
The side project with No Jam Today heroes telling a story of their journey through Japan.
The minimalistic variation on the main comic with chibi heroes and whimsical plots.
A series of comic doodles about the calm and joyful life of fantasy adventurers in an MMORPG.
A plot-focused series about No Jam Today heroes playing Dungeons & Dragons.
Notes on Comic Translation
Though most strips are originally written in Russian, NJT's topics are pretty much universal and have nothing to do with those things one could think of when talking about Russia. Some strips contain jokes based on Russian-only puns, and these comics may not be translated as any kind of adaptation or localization alters the original idea. The author (more often than not) prefers accuracy to availability and would rather have the idea not translated than changed significantly. Heroes' names are generally not translated though they do have English analogues (Alisa/Alice, Roza/Rose, Luna/Moon).
English comics retain numeration of the original Russian comics, and this, as well as highly inconsequent order of translation, will lead to gaps between issues. The Happy Cattler game will likely be not translated. Anime reviews and several other sections will remain Russian-only.
Webcomics in Russia
Comics as a category of art have always had more trouble getting appreciation in Russia than in Europe and USA. A whole new commercial industry that flourishes in many countries of the world had no chance to develop on the territory of Russia and the USSR, and comics were and are perceived by common people either in the form of political caricature or as silly entertainment for little kids. Webcomics in present-day Russia face the same problems but multiplied by the mentality of the crowd who is used to getting products of other people's hard work for free. As a result, comics as art degrade to a level where most things called 'comics' do not even deserve the name, and at the same time in the mind of the public these crude drawings stand next to many imaginative and authentic though non-professional works which are produced by enthusiasts and then published on the Internet. Only a small part of Russian webcomics is drawn by professionals, even a smaller part gives profit... and it is still almost impossible to make a living out of comics, because with the image comics have in Russian society, the people who read them will either be not able to pay, or not willing to pay.
Yet more and more people in Russia discover the beautiful world of comics and manga and devote their free time to creating Ч instead of consuming. They fight to prove that comics can be a special social media which efficiently delivers one's thoughts and feelings directly to the audience, rather than staying in the land of silly and weird child's drawings. And No Jam Today is one of such concepts: it is being created as a hobby project despite the evident lack of author's drawing skills and in the hope that someone out there will share such kind of world perception.