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The Sad Circus by the Sea - Two Things of Updateyness
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Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 02:57 pm
Two Things of Updateyness



Above is the final cover for the fifth ShutterBox book. I like it very much. Yellow rarely works out.

More on Tokyopop: Publisher's Weekly reports that the company has announced restructuring. They are splitting the company in two, laying off 39 people, and cutting the number of books they publish in half. I haven't heard otherwise, so I am assuming that ShutterBox is not part of the cut. In fact, we signed our schedule for ShutterBox Book Six last month, which requires that we turn in the first 25 pages by July 5th of this year. This was only surprising to Tavisha and I because we usually aren't given a schedule for a new book until a few months after we finish the previous book. This is the first time Tokyopop has rushed a schedule to us a full month before we turned in our current project. I suppose this means that this restructuring has been in the works for some time, and that if they were planning to cut our book, they wouldn't have sent a schedule at all. So we'll just do as the new schedule says, unless we're told to stop.



In other news, Tavisha and I signed a two year agreement with GoComics to distribute our old Super Information Hijinks: Reality Check! digitally. The whole thing will be transferred to their site and they'll also be setting it up for mobile phone distribution. I suppose I should say things like, "we are excited to announce" and the like, but I hate writing up that sort of bloat. I'm never excited about anything unless it's cute and round and artificially intelligent or on the menu at a Cold Stone Creamery. So I'll just say, "Should be neato! I hope!"

There are no new Reality Check! comics in the works at the moment. This is just a way for the old series, as Tavisha puts it to me, "To stay relevant." But all I keep thinking about is that this also means that I have to take the whole thing down from tavicat.com in the next few weeks and I will, once again, have to completely recreate the tavicat site.

I'm making that sound my cat makes when she gets her claw stuck in a rug.

-Rikki

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jen_aside
jen_aside
Jen Aside
Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)

Yay! ...? Aww? =( I'm confused whether to cheer or boo.

although Shutterbox #5 cover is definitely YAY! =D =D =D It's definitely a successful integration of yellow!


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rikkisimons
rikkisimons
Rikki Simons
Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)

Yay! ...? Aww? =( I'm confused whether to cheer or boo.

Welcome to my every waking decision.


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sexualcabinetry
sexualcabinetry
The Previous Grand Mufti (aka Max Brooks)
Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)

I would have been incredibly iffy about yellow in any circumstance. That said... you did it correctly!


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evilcatsterer
evilcatsterer
Lesley
Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)

Yaaaaay Dagny! I need a print of this to add to my collection of Shutterbox covers on my wall... **nodnod** ^^

Boo for having to reconstruct tavicat.com for the umpteenth time, but yay for RC! being put in a pretty busy place! ^^ It'll get out there again, yaaaay! ^^ I do hope you guys end up doing new RC! again eventually.. I mean, I'm not counting on anything now, what with Shutterbox being in the making, but someday... I can dream, can't I?


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originalmanley
originalmanley
George
Thu, Jun. 5th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
I'm sure someone's already said this, but...

...that's gorgeous.

Back to house-cleany...

GM


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gabycat
Gabycat
Thu, Jun. 5th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
mmmnnnrrrgggh?

Well, the GoComics sounds good (I hope!) and guess it was you whom mentioned last year that the next step in comics would be on digital and cellphones. I really wish RC! is well received. IT sure will!


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gabycat
Gabycat
Thu, Jun. 5th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)

Ah, the cover is one of the prettiest! that totally has a Candy Candy feeling ^__^ must be the soft coloring <3


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kittytreats
kittytreats
RachyRACHYRACH!!!!!
Thu, Jun. 5th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)

Very awesome cover! I think I mentioned this to Tavicat, out of all the OEL manga, I read Shutterbox is one of the top to read, so that's cool for the 6th book.

I'm glad to hear Super Information Hijinks: Reality Check is still having a presence on the web. It would be cool to see it in print form too. I know color prints are expensive though.


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dragon_badfaith
dragon_badfaith
Kyla Rayne
Thu, Jun. 5th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)

The yellow looks wonderful on her. Which is rare. >> * bounces around* I am so excited to hear that Reality Check will be republished. I loved the series when I was a little younger and now I will be able to read it again. ^_^


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paper_seagulls
paper_seagulls
Kate
Thu, Jun. 5th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)

I'm happy to hear that Shutterbox is currently safe. I've been reading the fallout online, and it sounds like what happened to the employees was a particularly nasty layoff. (Now I have to worry about all the other things they publish that I read.)

Yeah for RC! I still have my original hardcopy falling apart somewhere upstairs on a shelf! Good times!


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dreamliner
dreamliner
Chris Wallace
Fri, Jun. 6th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
Riddle me this...

So TP wants to highlight its efforts in getting its original manga content turned into film projects, yet it is now eschewing the largest film / media convention on the planet...

Anyway, nice to see Reality Check still living on!


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kissing_sinners
kissing_sinners
kissing_sinners
Wed, Jun. 11th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
Woot!

I am above and beyond glad to see Shutterbox safe from the guillotine. I started with it right when vol. 1 came out and I've anxiously awaited each volume since. I'd be pretty darn bummed if it never got finished. Gorgeous cover.


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