Thursday, June 26, 2008

Pas Très Jolie, du Tout?

"It looks as if it has been written by a committee of 13-year-old boys for whom penetrative sex is still only a rumour," Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw writes on Wanted.

He's not talking about the Mark Millar comic that served as the basis for the new film, mind you. But he might be.

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New comics recommendation for June 25, 2008:

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Friday, June 20, 2008

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New comics recommendation for June 18, 2008:

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

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New comics recommendation for June 11, 2008:

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Pop Quiz, Updated

After reading cartoonist Bryan Lee O'Malley's spirited attack on a publicly available Tokyopop contract last Thursday, I sent a few questions to Tokyopop's press contact. I didn't really expect a reaction, so I wasn't really surprised there hasn't been one. Still, I thought it would be a nice exercise to plough through the thing and try to come up with the questions that maybe should be asked by the comics press.
(1) Can you confirm that the document in question is a document released and approved by Tokyopop Inc.?

If the answer to (1) is "yes":

(2) Is it customary for Tokyopop Inc. to work with minors (individuals under 18 years)?

(3) Is it customary for Tokyopop Inc. to withhold the decision whether or not to pay talent until after work requested by Tokyopop Inc. and completed according to mutual agreements between talent and Tokyopop Inc. has been turned in?

(4) Is it customary for Tokyopop Inc. to reject work requested by Tokyopop Inc. and completed according to mutual agreements between talent and Tokyopop Inc. by default, unless written notice of approval is given by Tokyopop Inc.?

(5) Is it customary for Tokyopop Inc. not to let talent participate in any income generated by work requested by Tokyopop Inc. and completed according to mutual agreements between talent and Tokyopop Inc.?

(6) Is it customary for Tokyopop Inc. to ask talent to waive moral rights?

(7) What are Tokyopop Inc.'s objections to moral rights?

(8) Is it customary for Tokyopop Inc. to ask talent to grant Tokyoppop Inc. the right to match third-party offers for work requested by Tokyopop Inc. and completed according to mutual agreements between talent and Tokyopop Inc. if no agreement is reached by talent and Tokyopop Inc. on future written agreements at a time when those future written agreements are not yet made available to talent?

(9) Is it customary for Tokyopop Inc. to ask talent to grant indefinite worldwide publishing rights for work requested by Tokyopop Inc. and completed according to mutual agreements between talent and Tokyopop Inc. and waive the right to make adaptations of said work if no agreement is reached by talent and Tokyopop Inc. on future written agreements at a time when those future written agreements are not yet made available to talent?
If you want to know more, Heidi MacDonald has a good round-up.

Update: Well, if you've been following the news, you'll have heard by now that Tokyopop probably have bigger fish to fry right now than to answer questions regarding some contract.

Among other things, Heidi MacDonald reports that the company's press contact to whom I mailed the above questions last Thursday is among the employees the publisher parted ways with, with no announcement of a replacement.

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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Jette Set

Well, so some lazy Sunday afternoon musing on Grant Morrison's Batman led me to this. Hmm. Time to reread Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle then, I think.

I'm not quite sure I've figured it out yet, but I hope the story doesn't hinge too much on some obscure bit of DC Universe continuity when it's done.

Now, Final Crisis, on the other hand, I don't have much hope for at all.