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Recall I predicted the imminent sale of TP as 10% of staff was given the shove earlier this year. I've said before, and I'll say again, TP has a rate of growth impossible without VC, and barely sustainable logistically.
So, there is no announcement of a sale this morning, but they have made a deal with Harper Collins, publishing rival of Random House, for HC to distribute their books to the trade. Further, there'll be manga adaptations of popular HC authors, with Meg "Princess Diaries" Cabot being name-dropped. Here's hoping the adaptations are more like the movie, which was delightful, and less like the books, which plod in comparison.
The cuts make sense now, as HC staff can/will cover.

St00 Le\/y makes his usual incomprehensible pronouncement: "[the deal] would expand the manga lifestyle into mainstream youth culture, building a new paradigm in entertainment, where east meets west and a new generation of mult-ethnic creators can flourish"

He's like a one-person fucking drinking game, isn't he?
For every time he says "paradigm", one drink.
For every time he says "lifestyle", one drink.
For every time he says "east meets west", one drink.

"Multi-ethnic creators" SNORT. Or should I say, "BINGO!"

NBM/Papercutz, I hope, will be quick to point out they did it first with Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. I wouldn't want to draw Hardy Boys again, but I'd so love to do adaptations of the classic Three Investigators. (I don't think 3I need new stories.) On the other hand, I've drawn HB, The Little Mermaid, and Marsupilami, and it's cool to say you've done it, but the pay is not what you'd expect for such legendary properties, especially not when you take into account the amount of work a conscientious artist* puts into the job.

* And yes, I'd consider myself one. For the HB, I researched their home's layout, their mythic location, which direction planes came into Paris from the Middle East, Persian Gulf road signs, GPS, bicycles, military humvees, tent bases, horses, how to get to the Eiffel Tower across water, and LAN parties.


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Mar. 27th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
Woah - I haven't read the 3I in *forever* (though I heard they redid them not too long ago and kind of sucked them up a bit - the guys knew judo and other silliness which was unnecessary in the originals - probably why just redoing the classics would be sweet). I'm suddenly wondering what an "Encyclopedia Brown" manga series might look like.

I will be interesting to see where the manga medium goes from here. It's popular enough now among the teenage crowd that when they are "all growed up", it might not be unusual to see it even more in the 20+ crowd. These days, I can't travel without seeing at least 1 to 2 people in the 12 - 19 year old range reading it nearby - and I'm the old guy who pulls out his (read "V for Vendetta" again recently that way).

Though, reading one that my sister recommended on the plane can make a guy feel like a dirty old man when you turn the page and get face to face with a bathhouse scene - muchu embarrassment hoping the elderly lady on my left and the business gentleman on my right didn't think I was checking out Aoi and her friends all nekked (insert sweat drops here).
Mar. 27th, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
anyone who uses the word "paradigm" with a straight face should be beaten to death with his own Blackberry
Mar. 27th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
See my post about Kevin MacDonald. Get that Blackberry ready!
Mar. 27th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
1] Regarding TokyoPop - if they're getting "sold to the book trade" via HarperCollins, does this mean they no longer have an exclusive deal with Diamond?

2] Regarding you drawing the Three Investigators.... I'd love to see you draw THE SIVER SPIDER and all those lovely romantic medieval castle scenes. But I'd also have a hankering for your vision of just some of the basic 3I stuff like Tunnel Two and Headuarters. I think you'd be ace.
Mar. 27th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
Correction/clarification..... if their titles are being sold to the book trade, that is.

Mar. 27th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
Regarding 2: D'awwwwww!
Mar. 27th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
You've drawn "le marsupilami"! My, you really are full of surprises.
Mar. 27th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC)
Indeed Iam. BTW, your cheque arrived Saturday. Merci!
Mar. 28th, 2006 02:00 am (UTC)

Bon sang de bonsoir!
I love le Marsupilami!
I just might commission you to draw me one, if you're amenable.

Mar. 28th, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC)
Email divalea @ gmail . com
Mar. 27th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've seen this horror over and over again in different publishing venues over the last fifteen years: expect that either HarperCollins will buy out the company outright and fire everyone involved (unlikely but possible) or HC will discover that 95 percent of the TP output is TP and run like hell (a lot more likely). Either way, if you're owed money by these guys, get it now, because you'll probably never hear from them again until the announcement of their bankruptcy out of the blue in another six months.
Mar. 27th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
"HC will discover that 95 percent of the TP output is TP"

Let us all bow to Lisa Jonte for that fine abbreviation.

Remember what I said about the OEL initiative by TP, and their contracts that hem in creators? PROPERTIES. Making the bottom line look shiny with l9ots of exploitable properties, and creators.
Mar. 28th, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
Oh, man
I hope you're wrong about this, for the sake of the medium as well as the creators involved. But you have a good enough record of being right about these things that now I'm bummed.

Not that I could think of working for TPop, regardless. I just can't draw the manga style. It ain't in me. Maybe I should just move to France and get drunk with Gilbert Shelton.
Mar. 28th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh, man
Let's ALL drink with Msr. Shelton.
Apr. 6th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
It's sad that in this day and age people are still willing to get fucked by the comic publishers. I mean we KNOW better now.
Apr. 6th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
WE know. I do believe, after talking privately with TP creators, that they are confident that the trade is worth it.
I may end up being wrong with my gloomy predictions, but nothing in comics so far has shown me a TP deal is the way to go.
Apr. 6th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
I agree. I mean look at what Kirby, Moore, and countless others went through. This is the main reason I'm going to self publish and try to get illustration work for money.

The good thing about learning to draw comics is that you learn so much stuff that you can use in places other than the comic industry.
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