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HURT COMICS: I Blew Up the Internets

My post yesterday about TP's newest shite contract made the Internets go kablooey.
I have been saying since Rising Stars that TP's contracts were lousy, so I'll admit I'm proud of TP for making their latest contract so transparently condescending, so adorably racist, so carsaleman-y that I no longer appear to be the least bit like a "hater."

An "old" hater. Hadn't forgotten that, no.

So, here's a collection of the 'splode, for your convenience:
Heidi at The Beat rounds up with illustrations of Pinoccho being seduced:
THE BEAT: Tokyopop: Hey, dude, totally bad contract!

Johanna at Comics Worth Reading rounds up TP's fails (and is going back and forth with Nat Gertler in the comments):
Tokyopop Sets Tongues Wagging » Comics Worth Reading

The ha-ha from Lisa Jonte:
Is that TP on your shoe?

Dirk Deppey put me at the top of the fold! Woot!
Journalista - the news weblog of The Comics Journal May 27, 2008: Mazuruka Fantasy Theater

Nick Mamatas has some SERIOUS FUN with The Contract (and brings the lulz):
Shining Scars

Hope Larson:
I was fakin'. -

Bryan Lee O'Malley takes it to the woodshed:

Christopher Butcher loses his faith:
comics212 - never safe for work. APALLING: TOKYOPOP’S NEW CONTRACT

Precocious Curmudgeon warns:
Put down that pen!

Gia compares it to luring children with candy:
a geek by any other name Creators Beware: TOKYOPOP’s Manga Pilot ‘Pact’

Danielle regrets that she has to harsh, but she takes a stand:
Comics Should Be Good! » Manga Before Flowers — News Flash: Corporations Suck!

NSFW: Simon at Icarus see the contract as symptomatic of a publisher  not in the business of books:
Icarus Publishing  TP’s “pact” asks creators to relinquish moral rights?

The respected UK Manga circle Sweatdrop Studios asks if the new contract can be of benefit:
"Manga Pilot Agreement" - Sweatdrop Forums

Heidi MacDonald (I emailed her last night), is covering this in the morrow.


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May. 28th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
May. 28th, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
Added, thanks. That's some funny shit.
May. 28th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
I linked to your previous post on the topic over on Mark Crilley's board, where there's been a thread going for a while regarding Rising Stars.
May. 28th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
Win. Thanks.
May. 28th, 2008 05:04 am (UTC)
Also covered here: Rococo Flow
May. 28th, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
We just got back from Fanimecon.

Says Andy, "Why a 'pact'? Isn't that something you do with the Devil?"

Anyway, yeah, I guess you done blowed up the intertubes. Good going Lea!
May. 28th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and if your fiddling is boring, you win, and the cool Devil doesn't.
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May. 28th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
Hating is a way of life for me.
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May. 28th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
That's not what I've heard about you. I heard you used to be for murdering kittens until you stopped getting paid a salary and went to piecework.

May. 28th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
If I wrote a contract like that I'd slip in somewhere a mention that "By signing with us, you agree that Dave Sim is a misogynist."
May. 29th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
Hell, I'd sign that if that was ALL it said. =};-3
May. 28th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
I read through your post yesterday -- thanks for providing this info because, you know, "Knowledge is power!" and all that...

But, I was wondering what your opinion is on a possible Tokyopop boycott. I've heard rumblings from folks that they'll do everything from "carefully considering future Tokyopop purchases" to "only keeping up with two series" to outright boycott of their product.

So, do you think The Pact will have any effect on consumer behavior? And what will you do?

For the record, I've only got two TP series that I'm keeping up with for the time being and haven't been attracted to any of their new licenses in a long while...
May. 28th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
Boycotts are ineffective, at east in this case. Better to keep spreading around mine and Bryan's posts.

TP has shown zero inclination toward improving relationships with creators, and is getting worse. I wouldn't trust them now even if I got to keep my rights.
May. 29th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
Why improve relations with creators when there's tens of thousands of promising young sheep waiting to be fleeced? There are few places where talent supply exceeds demand so badly as in the entertainment biz.
May. 28th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
I wonder if the price is so low so you wouldn't be tempted to run the contract past a lawyer first?

Hmmm so $750 for the story (IF they accept it AFTER I sign the contract and AFTER I create the comic)and my lawyer costs $350/hour...

May. 28th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
I think the price is low because they're cheap and they KNOW that some creators want a break so badly they'll accept a token amount. An amount so low we're another one or two permutations of TP contracts to having creators pay THEM to be ripped off.
May. 28th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
Right on Lea! You rock!!!
May. 29th, 2008 04:42 am (UTC)
rikkisimons, co-creator of one of TP's titles, just weighed in on the topic.
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