Between 2008 and 2012, Stereopony has been featured in well over one hundred magazine issues. This makes sense because Japan is the largest music market in the world, which would mean that there are plenty of Japanese music magazines that write about the latest news and information on all the popular Japanese artists. Some of the major magazines that Stereopony has been featured in include WHAT’s IN?, BACKSTAGE PASS (B-PASS), PATi PATi, and CD DATA. However, despite the large numbers of Stereopony magazine articles, there are not many Stereopony magazine scans of them available online. The lack of available scans is most likely due to Japan’s harsh copyright laws and the fact that the magazines are not distributed outside Japan so international fans cannot scan them.
Basically, you will hardly find any results searching for scans online, if anything at all. Your best bet is to purchase the physical magazine or magazine clippings themselves, but just know that it will cost you a fortune because of shipping. Also, I speak from personal experience when I say that you will be tempted to buy More! More!! More!!! of the expensive sheets of paper because of the Pokemon Effect (wanting to “catch ‘em all”). If you do not have the funds necessary to make large purchases and/or have a tendency to fall victim to the Pokemon Effect, then I do not recommend this and I suggest giving up the search. However, if you have enough pocket change to spare, then read on.
Where can I buy Stereopony magazine clippings?
The best place to buy Stereopony magazine clippings is on Yahoo! Auctions Japan. Somehow, Yahoo! managed to have a successful auction service in Japan over eBay, but no matter. Searching the keyword “Stereopony” or the Japanese 『ステレオポニー』 will net you over one hundred results. Most of them will be Stereopony CD albums and singles, but there should also be magazine clippings. Some sellers may be selling a single page clipping for 500yen or lower, but that is not what you should be purchasing. Instead, look for the sellers who are selling multiple clippings inside a file folder. Depending on the amount of clippings, the entire folder should cost somewhere between 2500yen and 5000yen if there is a buyout option.
The cost does not sound too bad right now, but it is important to remember to consider shipping costs. Magazine clippings need to be shipped in a larger package than a CD or DVD, and the price of shipping reflects that. Also, only people with a Japanese address can order items on Yahoo! Auctions Japan. If you do not live in Japan, then you must order the item through a friend who lives in Japan or a Japanese proxy, which means you will have to pay double shipping and service fees if using a proxy. It is these additional costs that makes shopping on Yahoo! Auctions Japan so expensive.
If possible, I recommend buying as many folders as you can. If a seller is selling multiple sets of clippings, then purchase them all to help save on shipping. If you are ordering through a friend or another proxy, then you can actually save money on shipping by having them purchase everything you want and combining all the packages into one box.
How do I know what magazine the clipping is from?
From my experience, most sellers are courteous enough to place Post-It notes with the name of the magazine and issue where each clipping came from. A list of all the magazines and issues is also sometimes available on the item description of the Yahoo! Auctions Japan page. Once you have collected enough issues and identified at least one clipping from each magazine, it should be much easier to figure out on your own at least the title of the magazine for any other Stereopony magazine clippings you purchase in the future.
Also, a list of all the magazines that Stereopony appears in is available on the Info page of Stereopony’s website, which can help you identify all of your magazine clipping’s sources. If you cannot find the list, here’s a direct link to the Sony Music page that is inserted in the iframe on Stereopony’s website (which you should really bookmark). However, it should be noted that this list is not 100% complete. You may come across a clipping that is not cited on this list, which I have several times already. At this point, all you can really do is make an educated guess and try to verify it.
From my experience I have found that clippings from 2010 and earlier are much more common than clippings from 2011 and later. So, if you come across a clipping from 2012, then know that it is extremely rare and that you should purchase it as soon as possible.
When scanning your magazine clippings, be sure to save your scanned image to an appropriate file type. The top three file types I recommend are .TIFF, .PNG, and .JPG. Choose the one that best suits your needs.
TIFF files are lossless. It is the most versatile file, except TIFF files cannot be displayed on webpages. However, they can be easily converted to another file type since they contain information for 1-bit to 48-bit color, RGB, CMYK, LAB, and Indexed color. This is the best file type for digitally archiving your clippings.
PNG files are modern day GIF files. They are lossless like TIFF files, but PNG files can be viewed on webpages. This is the best file type for displaying your clippings at full-size on a webpage.
JPG files are the smallest files. They use lossy compression, which results in a smaller file size at the cost of the image’s quality. Like PNG files, JPG files can be displayed on a webpage. This is the best file type if you do not mind scaling your image down.
Why you should not share your magazine scans
Before you decide to scan all of your magazine articles and share them online, think about what you are doing. You just spent a ton of money to collect all these clippings. Why should you carelessly upload them all to the Internet for anyone to access for free? Way to totally devalue your expensive purchase. Besides, the Japanese government is really cracking down on websites that illegally upload manga scans and audio files. Music magazine scans are a happy combination of both, so it would not be wise to upload them.
Sharing magazine scans at first may seem like a great contribution to the Stereopony fan community. However, an alternative way you can contribute to the community is to translate the contents of the clippings into English and post it online. Almost all of the magazine clippings contain interviews, which could have valuable information about Stereopony that we might not have known before. By following this method and not uploading magazine scans you accomplish three things:
- You don’t devalue your expensive purchase.
- You don’t risk getting yourself (or the website you post scans on) in trouble with copyright laws.
- You contribute never before translated content to the community.
Anyways, I hope this post helps anyone who is interested in finding Stereopony magazine scans and physical magazine clippings. If you have any questions, feel free to let me know in the comments below. All of this information comes from personal experience. I acquired over 300 pages of Stereopony magazine clippings (lots of duplicates) and still searching. In this article I talked a little bit about proxies. More information about proxies will be published in a future article, so look forward to that.
RSNiteblaze suffers from the Pokemon Effect and wants to collect all of the Stereopony magazine clippings. Follow him on his journey to become a Stereopony Master on Twitter at @RSNiteblaze.