Q: Can I use your images / articles on my page? A: Since it is on public domain, I don't see why not. But just keep in mind that most of my images were heavily edited and are specifically done for some content in the MSHP, it is not made for 'Galleries' in the first place. While its entirely up to you whether to credit and link me for the images or not (usually most websites don't, so what can I say?), I must stress and emphasize that you please, PLEASE at least credit Shirow and the Publishers. I do this all the time and I don't want any pictures sourced from my page to end up without the relevant statements. The pictures used on the MSHP are all scanned by myself from my own books, collections etc. whenever possible and when I do use images sourced online, I will provide a link and credits to the source. As for articles and reviews- these you have to link and credit me, as they are entirely my own effort.
Q: Why are there no Image Galleries on your site?!? It sucks! A: Well, too bad. The MSHP does not and never will have a Shirow image gallery. While because of this I realise the MSHP is not popular and is probably a million hits or so behind many other pages with high quality Shirow galleries, I will not do it. The only people who have the right to make available and distribute the pictures are the rightful owners- in this case Shirow himself, the publishers and those who were specifically given permission to do so. You can find a monthly Shirow gallery in Seishinsha's Homepage (which is very cool, and is the only Official Shirow gallery page), but keep in mind that they are for personal use only. I have nothing against image galleries but I feel that it is not right to have a page supposedly 'about Shirow' or a 'Shirow fan page' when the contents are just pictures. These require no more effort than cut and paste. While it is good to have maybe a small selection of images as samples of Shirow Sensei's talents, it is plain wrong to do it until a degree where someone can say 'Oh, I don't need to buy the book. All the images are online already'. Now that is criminal and absolutely appalling. Regardless of whether it is a 'rare' picture or not, this is not an excuse to do it. This issue of what constitutes as 'acceptable' is outlined in the Studio Proteus' FAQs under the 'I'd Like to do a Homepage...' and 'Fan Art and Copyright Laws' headers. Read through that and take note. In particular for the MSHP contents, the 'review and fanzine-type' situations are noted, for which I hope this page is within the allowed limit. Now, this is entirely different when I deal with my own fan arts. For my personal fan arts, I don't mind providing them in a gallery in high quality, because the pictures were done by myself and I can do whatever I want with them. Under these circumstances I'm terribly generous. However, if its someone else's fan arts, the arguements above apply again, and I will not distribute or display the pictures unless given permission to do so by the artist. So if you're looking for Shirow galleries or high quality pictures, sorry, you've come to the wrong place. For your Shirow fix, go buy the Intron Depots and other artbooks. Please.
On a side note, the MSHP will have a Shirow Art Gallery- but it will be a fan art gallery with drawings and artworks submitted by Shirow fans. So you will find that here, and I'm sure you will find it very interesting. This is after all a Shirow fan page, for Shirow fans.
Q: When do you update? Why are you so late / not updating at all? A: I usually update based on two main criterias: News and time. Whenever there is something really significant and new about Shirow Sensei, I will make it my priority to update. And as I usually do everything on my own from scratch, reviews, essays, layouts, design etc. I usually spend a lot of time just completing a simple page. So when I am burdened with work (University or otherwise- which is rightly my highest priority in life all the time) I just simply don't have the time to do it. Therefore, my updates frequency can be erratic. When I do not update at all, it is usually because I am not around, travelling, working, etc. and have no access to my Shirow materials or personal online PC. I will always try my best to put up some notice if I'm taking a 'break'. Which leads me to another issue: Q: Why is the MSHP incomplete? Why are you not providing reviews on everything in your collection? A: I am currently an overseas student studying in England. Every summer break I bring my Shirows home where they belong with the rest of my beloved collection. Hence, what I have on-hand to do reviews and updates are mostly the more recent things that I acquire. I try my best to do as much as possible when I'm back home with my collection but due to (i) a crap Pentium 133MHz ancient PC [lowly 2.1GB Harddisk! >_< UGh!], (ii) budget low-quality scanner, (iii) the distraction of the cool holiday life at home with my Shirows, mangas, anime and Dreamcast, (iv) the fact that I almost always do summer placements away from home for more than half my summer break, and (v) most important of all- spending quality time with my parents and family. I am always trying my best, and trust me that I feel as frustrated as you are with all the backlog and unfinished jobs here at the MSHP. Please be understanding.
Q: The design for your website is horrible! Don't you ever learn how to do a website properly? A: No I never had the opportunity, nor the time. My HTML skills are entirely self-taught, with some basic help from a good friend initially. Until this day I'm stuck with doing things on Notepad and honestly speaking, I don't have much experience with HTML editors or similar softwares. I'm more concerned about content and do not think it is really necessary to do my page until it 'looks professional'. What good is a cool-looking, mouse-over effects, feature filled site without any contents? Its like a shell without a ghost! ^_^ Besides, this is at the core, just a personal Shirow fan page. And I would like to keep it in this somewhat amateur-ish and practical manner, as everything is done with my own personal effort and I value it more that way. Another good thing is older version browsers will not have any problems handling the MSHP, but in this day and age, I doubt browser versions would be any big problem. Things might get messy here sometimes, but I think navigating this page is pretty straightforward. I am also using Photoshop at a very basic and amateur level. I don't have anyone to teach me, and I don't have enough talent to do anything nice. Nuff' said.
To get in touch with me, please refer to the contact page. I will be keeping that page updated with my contact status, and the methods you can use to get my attention. That's all for now. Hope this is useful and answers most of your Shirow / MSHP questions. - Lucas. 22/01/2001.
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