what is a fanlisting?
"A fanlisting is simply an online listing of fans of a subject, such as a TV show, actor, or musician, that is created by an individual and open for fans from around the world to join." -- TFL.org
Simply enough, this is a fanlisting for the popular manga Hot Gimmick! =)
"GIMMICK - A device employed to cheat, deceive, or trick, especially a mechanism for the secret and dishonest control of gambling apparatus."
Hot Gimmick was created by Aihara Miki, and was first published in Japan's shoujo manga magazine Betsucomi. The series is now complete with a total of 12 volumes, and is currently released in the US by VIZ.
"Following the tone of most of her manga, Aihara's new story is funny, romantic, moving, has great art... but most important of all, three cool guys and one girl. What more can you ask for? ;)" -- Zaha.net.
From the moment I started to get sick of the first layout, I thought about when exactly I was going to update it (it didn't help either that, because of school and me just being lazy, the only revamps I do are only on the main page). I concluded that the next layout update was to be at the moment that this fanlisting was to reach 100 members, but when that was to happen, I wasn't entirely sure.
Once it became very clear that this fanlisting was going to make it to 100 members, I began sifting through all the images I could find for Hot Gimmick. Colored ones were limited only to the manga covers and a couple of chapter covers, and so thus I resorted to using a manga image. I still wasn't too sure what I was going to do for the layout, and the fated day was coming near, but then I found this. I finally thought "I could use this picture!" and decided to get to work. After teaching myself how to do vectors (yay for me :D), my very first project was on this picture, which I am extremely pleased with. After much testing on how to actually make the layout, I came up with what you are seeing now.
The current layout was made using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 and coded with Notepad. Various fonts were used as well with the title (I'm too lazy to look up exactly what fonts I used, aha...) and default brushes were used!