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a few comical-type notes

First, here's a great Happy Birthday Astroboy article.

Second, I wasn't feeling great last night, so I knocked off early and vegged on the couch. Flipping through the Showtime On Demand listings (they have 5-10 episodes of each of their series) I noticed a plot listing for Queer as Folk about a comic book. "Hmm," I thought to myself, "I have never heard anyone mention a comic book episode of this show." So I looked at several episode listings and then skimmed through a whole episode and realized, there's a major comic-related storyline and one of the characters is a comic book retailer. And…I have never heard word one about this. Knowing that I'm often out of the loop on comic industry scuttlebutt, I asked Evan when he got home and he'd never heard anyone mention it either. So, a major cable series has a comic book retailing main character who is perfectly normal and not cliched fanboy loser, and apparently no-one cares? wtf? Did I miss the big discussion about this somewhere?

Finally, following up a little on the Tokyopop discussion we've all been having in the comments, I just have to say I am really sick of the constant bashing of them as if they were the "new Marvel" and so on and so forth. Everyone seems to forget that whatever the business mentality of each company may be, the content of their publications is entirely different. All the manga I am reading is creator-controlled, personal work. Yes, the pop culture spinoff stuff like Yu-Gi-Oh gets a lot of press, but a lot of the stuff coming out is not like that. And yes, the publishers do usually co-own the manga they publish and assuredly have editorial input. So? The best fiction writers in the world get editorial input, and quite frankly, I think writers in any media who don't get any editorial input usually suffer for it. Tokyopop isn't cleaning everyone's clocks because their comics are Japanese, or because they've got muscle, they're doing it because no-one else got anything remotely like Love Hina onto shelves. Books like that can't even happen here. Although they should.

Anyway! Enough ranting. Time to get back to work. If all goes well in the next week or so, I should be able to announce a pretty interesting new job soon. Fingers crossed!

quick note, added @ 4:30pm: I've just noticed that the RioVolt MP3 player I bought last weekend is on sale again, until midnight tonight!


i've seen this show a couple of times. it was pretty good, but i try avoid tv shows with a consistent story line as i often see them out of order and get confused. But i did see an episode where it showed one of the main characters as a comic shop owner.I have watched it several times since then,but thats the only episode i have ever seen involving comics. in every other ep. he works for kmart or something.
maybe in coming seasons we'll get more.

These episodes were something like in the #30-40 range, there's a whole storyline where the comic shop owner and the really young blonde guy decide to create their own superhero comic. According the the synopsis list the book does get published about 6 episodes later, no idea what happens after that.
Maybe his comic store failed!! At least that would be realistic.

I've generally avoided the "Queer as Folk" comics bit because (A) I've never actually seen any real comics come out of it, and (B) I really hate what (admittedly little) I've seen of the American version, having been spoiled long in advance by the far superior British version -- so personal prejudice probably plays a role here, as well.

I have to agree with a lot of what you said about Tokyo Pop. As comics go, I love 'em. They're way cheaper than anyone else-for the price of 1 Viz graphic novel, you get two 2 Tokyo Pop books. Maybe it's an unfair comment but at least they do wrap up their series. I was collecting Urusei Yatsura when Viz dropped it like a rock, same thing with Fist of the North Star. My friend and I calculated that at the pace Viz was going with Ranma 1/2 it'd take 32 years to finish. Tokyo Pop also picked girl-oriented titles like Card Captor Sakura and Magic Knight Rayearth more whole-heartedly than in the other companies.

In the earlier post, some mention was made of Mixxine and Smile. Was there a connection between Tokyo Pop and those titles?

I don't know anything about Queer as Folk. All people ever talk about in the store I work at is how SciFi cancelled Farscape and everyone is boycotting them now.
I've never read any of the TokyoPop books, but they sell like crazy. I've also noticed that a majority of the girls that come into the store go straight for the TokyoPop books. So, yeah! for TokyoPop.

re: Tokyopop: i think it's great that someone's putting something different out here. i think it's great that someone's come up to challenge Viz (and Raijin's rise is welcomed, too). not only will this draw more attention to manga in general, but such competition can hopefully only lead to better things being put out, and better quality control, etc., etc. competition of this sort is a really good thing.

i will completely admit i've been rather anti-Tokyopop for awhile, but it had more to do with feeling really burned by them in the beginning than anything else. picking up the Kodocha translations and looking at them and hearing such wonderful things about Paradise Kiss made me re-evaluate somewhat. so now i'm more at where i should be, and where i'd really want to be ideally with anything; picking and choosing what i like and supporting it, and not what i don't. anyone and everyone puts out some crap; no one's perfect all the time. and Tokyopop is (no longer) completely evil, and i accept that. :)

(i just blew a bunch of money on some Blue Monday and Charm School i was missing, so i'll have to wait to go get those Kodocha volumes, though! but i realised after i bought them that i would never have known about Chynna Clugston-Majors and Elizabeth Watasin if it wasn't for you. :D)