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'No Jam Today' is a Russian web comic being written, drawn and published by Konstantin Krylovskiy as a hobby project since October 2008. 'No Jam Today' pictures the daily life of several heroes who enjoy playing video games, watching Japanese animation and talking about abstract matters. Usual strips are accompanied by just-for-fun 'CH!B!' comics with light and simple humour.
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Notes on Comics Translation
Though most strips are originally written in Russian, NJT's topics are pretty much universal and have nothing to do with 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 adaption or localization alters the original idea. The author prefers accuracy to availability and would rather have the idea not translated than changed significantly.
English comics are numerated with '№' prefix, and the number of the corresponding Russian comic is given with a '#' prefix and grayed out. The publication date of the original comic is not shown; the order of original and translated comics may differ (as there is no plot whatsoever). Heroes' names are generally not translated though they do have English analogues (Alisa/Alice, Roza/Rose, Luna/Moon).
Photo galleries of anime figures are available in English. The 'Happy Cattler' game will be translated soon. 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 then 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 accepted by common people either in the form of a political caricature or as a silly entertainment for little kids. Webcomics in present-day Russia face same problems but multiplied by the mentality of people who are used to getting the 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 (instead of consuming). They fight to prove that comics can be a special social media which effectively delivers one's thoughts and feelings directly to the audience rather than 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.