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Happy Day! [Apr. 21st, 2011|10:17 pm]
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In light of Tokyopop’s demise, here’s some art from the book I’ve been busting my ass on for the last six months while juggling a full-time job. Slow goin’ but I’m getting permanent part time on May 2nd at the PR firm I’ve been working at, and in the afternoons and evening, I’ll now be working out of a brand spankin’ new studio, and then it’s just inks and colors from here on out, baby!

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[User Picture]From: absurdhero
2011-04-22 06:47 am (UTC)

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Cheers to their demise, I guess! They did a lot of good for manga in North America, but they severely botched the original content side. I was horrified to hear all the trouble you went through with them.

Hearing your experiences put a swift end to any thoughts of getting my isht together for a RSOM contribution. It worked out best for me, since I'm now making money on my comics now while maintaining a tight grip on my IP. Thanks for being up front about everything, and just being awesome in general.

Congrats on the recent progress!
[User Picture]From: kittytreats
2011-04-22 03:27 pm (UTC)

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Whoo hoo! Glad to see some new work! That's awesome that you're going to have more time. Full-time does suck up a lot of your day.
[User Picture]From: eyepatchmcgee
2011-04-22 03:28 pm (UTC)

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This just looks awesome. Excited to see it when its done!!
If tokyopop goes under does that mean you and all the other artists will get their full rights to their works back?
[User Picture]From: ca_jas
2011-04-22 07:01 pm (UTC)

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Awesome demise? I'm not sure I would even know your art and dozens of other artists art without Tokyopop. The company was kind of a necessary evil.
[User Picture]From: gryphonrose
2011-04-22 07:45 pm (UTC)

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It looks great--looking forward to seeing the rest. And congrats on the permanent part-time gig!
[User Picture]From: westival
2011-04-22 08:27 pm (UTC)

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Wow, the work is really beautiful. The expressions are so intense!
[User Picture]From: kawaii_musouka
2011-04-24 03:30 pm (UTC)

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Tokyopop did allow me to find a great group of manga artists that I probably wouldn't have found otherwise :) I still make an effort to follow most of the artists including yourself in your art careers since the end of OEL manga. If only Stu would do the right thing and return all the IPs back to the creators.

Also Steady Beat is getting praise from Erica Friedman and Lissa Patillo on an ANN Podcast about Tokyopop. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/anncast/2011-04-22 You can hear about it at 22:25 area.

Those are awesome pages btw I can't wait for it to be available in print :) I'll be sure to buy one!
[User Picture]From: groundbyground
2011-05-24 07:31 pm (UTC)

Interesting podcast

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Riv, did you get rights back for Steadybeat? You should totally go live with the content if so. Loved your work on that title.

I've been out of the publishing and manga world for so long, I don't really know what's going on any more.
[User Picture]From: ottermama
2011-05-01 05:21 pm (UTC)

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Maybe one day I will find the rest of Steady Beat...
[User Picture]From: groundbyground
2011-05-24 07:32 pm (UTC)

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I think I had a few volumes somewhere. >_< I've moved so many times. If I find them, I will be glad to send them.
[User Picture]From: ottermama
2011-05-25 02:02 am (UTC)

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Sounds awesome. :)
[User Picture]From: groundbyground
2011-08-14 09:13 am (UTC)

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Riv, you still alive?