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What is Helvetica Scans?

Helvetica is a non-profit, organized scanlation group that focuses on making English adaptions of lesser known Asian comics/manga. Titles published are mostly seinen oriented, however shounen, shoujo, and josei titles aren’t exempt from the collective interest. Any personal views shown by staff members do not reflect the combined outlook of the group.

How can I contact Helvetica Scans?

If you have anything you want us to know, shoot an email at HelveticaScans@gmail.com or PM a staff member on any form of active social media such as Reddit or Batoto.

What is scanlation?

Scanlation is the process that involves digitizing and translating Asian media (specifically comics/manga) and releasing it to the English populace. While there are many steps to the process, it varies depending on the group. Common steps though are scanning (digitizing the media), translating, proofreading (ensuring dialogue flows properly) cleaning (removing grain and leveling), and editing (removing raw text and adding English). In Helvetica however, many of the duties are separated into smaller ones to reduce the workload of staff. For instance, editing is split into typesetting (placing text) and redrawing (removing text) to prevent the work from being a large time-sink.

How can I join?

Helvetica is always looking for more titles or staff, however we can’t accept everyone. Overstaffing is a very real problem that can prevent progress from being made. Because of this, we avoid bringing in any more members unless it’s needed, and will sadly prioritize those with experience over those without. You can apply by clicking “Join Us” on the top of the site and filling out the application form.

Can I donate?

As of right now we don’t accept donations. This is a combined set of complications involving how to go about the process, so to prevent any legal issues we’ve refrained for the time being. While closed, it is currently being reviewed for possible ways to securely handle money donated by generous readers to pay for website payments and raw purchases.

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