Alright, so I'm back from England (I had an amazing time) and I have pictures if anyone wants to see them... But right now I'm jetlagged to hell, and I've come home to find the internet clogged with Tokyopop layoffs, restructuring, and related wank.
Yeah, not fun. That'll teach me to go on vacation.
Now, to be honest, I no longer work for Tokyopop. Roadsong is over with book 3 hot off the presses this month, and I'm involved in a new project with a new publisher. All's well in paradise, you might say.
But you know, it still sort of hurts to see what feels like the entire comics industry heaping scorn on my former publisher, where a lot of my friends work or have projects. Especially when I've got no friendly word to defend them with. I'm no fan of the "pilot program" (or whatever it's called), I'm not fond of the way they treat their creators, and seeing the astounding list of layoffs makes me wince. Oh yeah, and putting up with the constant "OEL/OGMs SUCK, THEY'RE NOT REAL MANGA, NON-JAPANESE LOSERS GO HOME" sentiment hasn't been a picnic either. I'm tired of feeling like everyone must look down on me for working with Tokyopop. That ain't the way it should be. I hate being made to feel ashamed of my own accomplishments.
But lemme just say that I've made a lot of friends through Tokyopop whom I really love, and it's exhausting to see them have to deal with with all this crap, too. Commence shoutout:
I LOVE YOU GUYS!!! DON'T LET THE MAN GET YOU DOWN!!!
I wonder if my time as a manga artist is officially over. The manga industry seems a pretty bleak pace to be at the moment.
...That said, I just got my RS3 comp copies. Woo woo:
According to Amazon, they're to be officially released into the wild on June 10th.
Also, I'm apparently still manga artist enough to have illustrated the cover for Otakon's 2008 pocket program guide. This year's theme is time travel:
I had to rush it due my own stupidity, but I ended up having fun with it nonetheless. And god only knows why they contacted li'l ole me for a period illustration. Who'd a thunk it? *wink*