Who is who in Death Toll
I wonder how important Meet the Staff sections are. I know few people read them. However, I figured out they can at least give a visitor a notion of how big the group is, which is something potential applicants consider. So while this may turn out to be a major exercise in futility, it could also end up tickling the curiosity of someone enough for them to make a decision to join us.
When I say that we are a skeleton crew, I'm not lying. We can hardly fill a bus. What follows below is not a comprehensive list, but one of the members who are currently active in the team (that is, committed to a series), plus a few hangers-on. People currently in hibernation or MIA are left out, as are some about whom I don't know much to even make a credible introduction.
Some of what follows is fiction or stretching the truth, so if any member takes issue with it, let me know and I'll edit the profiles accordingly. Also, if I forget anyone, make sure to tell me and I'll correct it.
Momimomi is the Head of the team and translates from Japanese. He is a creature of secluded habits and his primary source of dietary intake are seals. He is also a One-Man-Army and general pain in the neck because nobody is perfect enough to meet his standards, at least to meet them without unbearable nitpicking. He tends to give rookies nightmares, so we keep him hidden in our IRC channel. For whatever reason he came out of retirement a year ago and has been in charge of Sprite ever since. People who get their instruction on scanlation matters from him generally go insane, but because at Death Toll the difference is hardly ever noticed, it doesn't matter much.
Our Chinese translator is ttcchen, who apparently lives in a different world called Torn. Whatever that is. He joined us by invitation and is in charge of Funouhan and God, you bastard, I wanna kill you!, meaning he translates a chapter of them whenever his very busy real life allows it.
Our freelancer is Royal, whose translations from Japanese are as good as his name implies. He is only with us for the moment, and has no lasting association with Death Toll other than his gracious commitment to Teizokurei Monophobia. He is incredibly well-connected in scanlation, has a very down-to-Earth attitude to it and is probably better known than Death Toll itself. Currently buried in real life, that's why you haven't heard much of Monophobia recently.
Our rookie translator from Japanese is a great young chap who answered our invitation to translators recently. Name's AlexK and he made his debut in scanlation with a bang! by helping us bring Underdog to completion.
And that leaves me, Wraith, as the remaining translator from Japanese. I happen to be Death Toll's admin, that is, everybody's all-so-obliging amanuensis and the person who does the drudgery. I am a terrible Quality Checker, and as such have been entrusted to quality checking just about everything here. Yes, our train of thought has long left the station of logic. I am in charge of Ouroboros, Deathtopia, Destroy and Revolution and Suicide Island.
Our Head Cleaner, currently hiding somewhere (a manhunt has been launched), is Kabuto. He is a One-Man-Editor, capable of everything except translation, and he also takes care of maintenance of our site. You have probably seen his name in town, as he also works in a big scanlation group. Currently his main job is scanning raws for the team, but he also picks up the cleaning of odd jobs when needed. He also designed the cleaning test and is thus the man applicants probably want to lynch. Ah, yes, he is also my predecessor as admin.
Bubbub shocked the community by passing the cleaning test for Sprite on his second attempt. I didn't even have to twist Momimomi's arm to get him approved. A consistent and reliable cleaner and very good with tankie raws, he works quietly in the shadows and thanks to him Sprite is getting back to semi-regular releases. I suspect his name has to do with my favourite series, Beelzebub, but I have never checked on that.
Hanakumu is listed here as a cleaner because that's her main deployment, but she is actually an Editor (drumroll), a very prestigious position in Death Toll. This means she has passed the cleaning and (on probation) the typesetting tests. She is currently editing Funouhan and Underdog. She is currently struggling to pass our full redrawing test, but apparently has a problem taming horses.
Green Demon is the cleaner currently deployed to our most high-profile project, Ouroboros, a series which we don't really entrust to just anyone (even though I am the one translating it). Famous in the group for his terse, to the point messages and for being not only an ace cleaner but an exceptional redrawer who can even re-create screentones from scratch, he until recently was also the redrawer of Deathtopia. Apparently, his true identity is a very refined black cat who sharpens his claws with an emory board.
Dobu is another freelancer with us, a fan of Mori Kouji's works who approached me to get Suicide Island and Destroy and Revolution going. He is a highly skilled, no-nonsense editor who is ten years ahead of Death Toll and knows everyone who is worth knowing in the scanlation scene. He scans, cleans and redraws SI, cleans DxR and does QC'ing for both.
Our team of redrawers is possibly unique in that they are not only exceptionally skilled, they are also all very quiet and low-profile, doing their job by succint PMs via the forums or by posting their work there and quickly vanishing back into the night. However, they are the ones who passed our ridiculously hard full redrawing test, all of them in their first attempt, and they can take on the most demanding jobs. They are actually so good, despite being all rookies, that the Redrawing Department has been without a Head for quite a while without problems.
Although Green Demon also redraws Ouro on occasion, the main redrawer in that project and the one also doing Funouhan is æmiz, a young lady of distinction that redraws to soothe her mind and improve her sleep. (Did you hear that, you people who are constantly whining about the stress of redrawing? This lady here redraws to relieve stress, and is in charge of two of the hardest manga out there!) She dislikes redrawing much further ahead not to spoil herself, which keeps the pressure on me to translate Ouro regularly, so be thankful to her for that as well!
Pok is the Sprite redrawer - and that alone should grant her a place in the pantheon of great redrawers if one is ever erected, for this means regularly redrawing huge, 2,400-px-high pages full of CG art. She is also patient, and gracious enough to lend her skill to odd jobs when we are in a pinch. We hope to have her around for a long time to come (at least until Sprite is concluded).
Mii is the cleaner and redrawer of God, you bastard… and redrawer of Underdog. He is very patient, waiting for as long as necessary for ttcchen to get his game together and turn in a chapter, and this tenacity brings tears to my eyes when I think of it. He is also learning Japanese and aspires to be able to translate manga one day, so who knows, maybe he will join us in the translator team in the near future!
Bala redraws Destroy and Revolution. He is incredibly meticulous, to the point that once he used Google Earth to find the real-life version of the urban background he had to redraw so that he could do it flawlessly. Which, of course, he did. And we are the same age!
Our Head of Typesetting is Yothen, a rascally sarcastic, thick-skinned fellow whom Ouroboros and Deathtopia readers know for his witticisms in the margins. He is also a seasoned scanlation veteran who is no longer impressed by anything and a high priest of the Real Bubble Centering Church, and will be implacable on heretics who center on imaginary bubbles. His vision is genetically modified to detect 1-px deviations at a glance, which causes much dismay among applicants. Fortunately, he couples that with amazing leniency on miscreants, more often passing them on probation than outright failing them. He is also a decent cleaner and sometime-redrawer.
Kuroto is our factotum and a high priestess of the Imaginary Bubble Centering Church, which disputes adherents with Yothen's. A scanlation-holic who is, was or will be in every single scanlation group in the world, she is currently not associated with any of our series but hangs around waiting for odd jobs which she can convert into translation freebies from me. (No, I won't give freebies to anyone else.) For some reason, she doesn't like Australian funnel-web spiders. Go figure. Oh, yes, she is the dangerous vector and disseminator of Kuroto-itis, a terrible illness that will make any typesetter begin caring about Tracking, Leading and Kerning, things that you are better off not knowing anything about.
Realmruler1 is the Sprite typesetter. Also one who was good enough to pass Momimomi's standards. He has a to-business attitude, and delivers his typesets reliably and without much talk. His motivation never wanes and he never disappears, which is essential in a series that has gone through long spells of inconsistent releases like Sprite.
Motato is our mascot and very hard-working, patient typesetter. She is also the boss of Potato Realm, a group that specialises in 4-koma. Be sure to check out their work! As the youngest, most innocent member of the team, she has been assigned to our most messed up, vicious series, Monophobia and Underdog. She is also a starchy, tuberous plant of the Solanaceae family, and must not be consumed raw.
Our Head of Proofreading and oldest member of the team (both in age and time of service) is PervySageChuck (PervySageCharles for respect), a nutjob we cannot get rid of for fear of being sent to jail for releasing pestilence unto the world. So we keep him in the dungeon, since nothing else seems to work. He is notorious (and that's the appropriate word) in the scanlation community for… well, perversion and strange deviant behaviour. He originated our wicked habit of leaving abusive or sarcastic margin notes, and takes pride in that. He is in charge of Ouroboros, Suicide Island, God, you bastard… and Sprite.
Zeroaintdead is our other proofreading machine, a veteran who takes pride in revising a page per minute. He is very well-connected in the scanlation community and is currently in charge of Funouhan, Monophobia and Underdog. He can be a little scary to rookies for his blunt way with words, but delivers extremely polished proofs.
Comicryan is Pervy's creature, a rookie trained by him and as such strives not only to correct grammar, but to improve style and flow. He is my partner in crime in Deathtopia and is learning Japanese as well. He lives in sweet idyll with his wife, who helps him proofreading on occasion and doesn't mind his doing ecchi series.
EvilLittleThing the scanner
EvilLittleThing is the sole member of the team in charge of generating raws now Kabuto is MIA. She does it for Sprite, as our other series either use public raws or are stalled. A very enthusiastic rookie, she was ensnared into becoming a team member after a very quick exchange of comments after I announced we were out of high-quality raws. One moment she was asking about what it takes to generate raws, the next moment she was checking her scanner specs and learning to use a hairdrier to debind books, the next I had forced her hand to sign the dotted line. She is our newest member, too, so welcome her!
And that's it. A bunch of people ripe for the madhouse, ain't we? Ready to join?