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Just found out RE: Play is available thru on-demand printing via the "new" TokyoPop/RightStuf. This would be why Stu wasn't about to give me the rights to post it up for free. Sneaky, sneaky, I even emailed him before the holidays and he made no mention of my book going up for on-demand printing.

Please don't buy them. Buying them won't help me at all, I won't see a dime from them and any sales will just make my property seem like it has some money in it which will make it ever harder to ever get my property back.

If you never bought RE: Play and wanted it, please just buy something off my online store instead. There are tonnes of comics on there too:
ferncerferst.bigcartel.com/
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ferncerferst.bigcartel.com/

Or hold on to your money and help support Dire Hearts, my new project that'll be up for Kickstarter later this year.
OR if you need comics now, please support another self published comicker or pick up some lesser loved titles from publishers that may not get the mainstream support Naruto and One Piece gets.

Just ugh, don't spend a dime on an on demand comic unless the proceeds go to the artist. Anyone can make an on demand book on their own thru sites like Lulu and such, don't waste your money on a "publishing company" that doesn't actually PUBLISH a dang thing.
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Dancewithwolfs Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So when will you have the 4th book on RE:PLAY
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RB-Illustration Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013   Digital Artist
I'll make sure not to buy anything from TP, that's really disrespectful to their artists. :hmm: Besides, a lot of their cancelled titles have been snapped up by other publishers already so I don't really know how they're planning on making a return and getting licenses back.
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4pplemoon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
That sucks. I knew something was fishy about the whole 'we'll own the copyright of your work' clause in the Rising Stars of Manga and was going to enter it with something I know I won't be attached to because they were going to keep the copyrights for it anyway.

I really do hope there is some way to get your work back. I remember reading your journal posts about how much you worked on it. I seriously wish Stu goes broke because all of those artists' work he screwed him out of to line his pockets.

It's was pretty much one of the silver linings that Tokyopop going under was a good thing.
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Kai-Akatsuki Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Hold up. You mean TP is trying screw you by using YOUR comic and not pay you?...
Me/Omni/Zane/Edge/Zage: FUCKING ASSHOLES.
Zane: Man, that sucks.
Omni: ... What's Dire Hearts about? (Edge: And will it be just as badass as your other master pieces? >w<) That too.
Edge: Well, It's a good thing Kai doesn't already has Re:Play. >w< (Me: Even if I didn't I buy the book in the store.) By the way, what you suggest for other tittles? Any like Drifters, Raiders, Jack the ripper, Jack frost, Attack on Titan, Dogs bullet & carnage, Embalming another frankinstien story, Blood Blockade Battlefront,-(Me: Edge.) Yeah? >w< (Me: Shut up.) Just saying. >w<
Zage: Hope it all works out for you... Great comic by the way.
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ah-kaziya Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a curiosity question: is there any clause in the contract that allows the control of the rights to expire if the property isn't actually sold, or are you stuck until TP decides to relinquish control themselves?

I'm just curious because I used to work on a student publication that actually used contracts for the art and stories printed in it, and our contracts stated that if the piece in question wasn't actually printed within a year or two of us acquiring it, then the creator got the full rights back. So I was just wondering if you had something similar.

Regardless, this stinks, and good on you for trying to be the better person. Good luck!
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MediaViolence Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ah no, it's not bound by a time frame, as long as TP exists they will continue to hold their control over the property. A lot of small press comic companies will allow properties to time out and revert back to their creators if the publishing company is no longer selling the property, but TP isn't one of those types of companies unfortunatley.
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ah-kaziya Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, pity.
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noisybubbles Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
It's shameful how much this guy is not only holding on to your copyrights with an iron fist, but is also dragging Tokyopop's name through the mud in doing so. I know he does have the rights, but surely he should have at least asked you whether it was okay to do this?

...I'm probably being very naive and idealistic here, huh. :( I really do hope you get your rights back someday...I really enjoyed RE: Play and to think you're not actually getting any payment for your own work is, well, pretty disgusting.
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MediaViolence Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well one of the big problems with TP has always been the poor way they treated their employees and creators. So informing the creators of the way their properties are being used I dont think ever really entered into the way the company was run, it's sad, but it's not surprising :(
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noisybubbles Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
You're right, it is sad. :( I guess it's like many a company...all awesome-looking on the outside, but in reality a complete bitch to work with.
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