笑点 (Shōten, Laughing Matter) stylized as "Shöten" is a collection of doujinshi drawn by CLAMP. The works produced under the Shoten name are both of CLAMP's own works as well as other mangakas. The Shoten series is a mini-series with a larger series called CLAMP Book. The theme is often that of a comedic one, as the name suggests. The Shoten books also sometimes came in special boxes or slip-cases. Preorder extras were also available.
CLAMP began with Shoten as part of the CLAMP Book series before Derayd. The series takes advantage of the doujinshi media-type to experiment with drawing styles and techniques. It is also noted that CLAMP also explores homosexual relationships, but these are treated lightly. Some stories even show miraculous conception between two males.
Shoten compiles various short-stories that aren't always chronological. However, since there are many CLAMP characters, the doujinshi sometimes reveal indications about the past of some supporting characters. One short story in Shoten describes how King Ashura and Taishaku-ten from RG Veda have a new life; both now teachers at the CLAMP School Campus.
The shorts are done by various members of the CLAMP mangaka circle. Sometimes up to 7 members would contribute to a volume.
Some shorts however, were short stories of text with only one picture to illustrate a certain scene; rather than a full page of manga panels. Each short is separated by a title page; usually in color and on glossed paper.
Some books also contained small profiles of each CLAMP member.
A separate book titled, PRIDE was released in 1989. PRIDE is a compilation of Leeza Sei's contributions to the Shoten series. It is not numbered, but is still under the Shoten title.
List of SHOTEN Volumes
|矢萩俊郎, Yahagi Toshirō|
|羽柴茂光, Hasiba Shiametsu|
|Rudra Shiva Mahavira|
|ルドラ・シヴァ・マハーヴィーラ, Rudora Shivua Mahāvuīra|
|広田育生, Hirota Ikuo|
|野見山拓, Nomi Yamataku|
|川原鴉鷺, Yū Aro|
|Se Lawig Le Foia|
|セ・ラウィーグ・ル・フォイア, Se Rauīgu Ru Foia|
|本橋 悠, Motohashi Yū|
|沖也祥吾, Shōgo Okiya|
|貝塚信雄, Kaidzuka Nobuo|
|久保高行, Kubo Takayuki|
|佐々木圭司, Sasaki Keiji|
|妹之山 続, Imonoyama zoku|