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The Sad Circus by the Sea - Places We've Been, Places We're Going to Be, Places We Won't Be
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Sun, Aug. 3rd, 2008 08:32 pm
Places We've Been, Places We're Going to Be, Places We Won't Be


Above is a picture of Tavisha with her grandmother, who just turned 90. Grandma, not Tavisha. Grandma can be seen here getting fresh with Benjamin Franklin. I think they used to hang out.

We're thrilled that she's still with us. She was born in 1918, and though she doesn't have a very good short term memory anymore, she can still tell us stories about her time in concentration camps in Kansas and Colorado during WWII, she can tell us about Angel's Flight in Los Angeles, about Little Tokyo in its heyday, about skipping out to see the movies on Saturday instead of going to Japanese language school lessons ... . It goes on and on and we're so happy she goes on.

But here's why I'm writing today -- on to the list:

Places We Won't Be

Tokyopop:
Tokyopop, as part of their massive restructuring, has cancelled ShutterBox and they will not be printing Book 5, though it is finished. I know that this is an impossible thing to ask of the Internet's denizens, but please don't lash out at Tokyopop over this. That doesn't help us or them. This is just the way publishing goes sometimes. We own our copyright and we have a termination clause and our manager is going over it with them. Tokyopop is responding very kindly and we have a sense that everything will work itself out in the end. We apologize to our readers. I know you're waiting for this volume, and we ceratinly want to give it to you. We are in the process of finding a new publisher and as soon as we finish figuring everything out I'll post an update here. It may take a while, but we'll get around to it.

Places We're Going to Be

Moving:
We're moving back to LA county sometime this month. Looking forward to better access to Beard Papa and his amazing legend.

Conventions:
Tavisha and I are attending the following two conventions as guests this year:

Anime Weekend Atlanta 14
September 19 - 21, 2008
at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel
and Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia

and

2008 IZUMICON
November 21-23, 2008
at the Sheraton Midwest City
and Reed Convention Center in Oklahoma

And finally ... .

Places We've Been

Comic Con in San Diego:
Every year we plunge into San Diego with little in our bank, our car on fire, no sleep, and somehow end up meeting with people who make more money in a month than we have in our whole career. This year wasn't much different except that we didn't see much of the con itself. We drove in each day from our house in Lake Elsinore, parked in Seaport Village and then passed out at the Marriott lounge every time. I think it was about 3:00 PM on average whenever we did see the dealer's room. But whenever we did make it to the Con everyone was so nice to us we started to feel like grandparents ourselves. But then a man panhandling outside Vons said, "God bless you sir. See you in heaven." So that must be it. Everyone's so nice because they're waiting for me to die. That's so sweet. I'll get around to it eventually, don't you worry.

Et Cetera:
What else, what else ... ended up in a few show pitch meetings. We had a very nice meeting with Henson Studios for a show we were pitching with Eric Trueheart. Of all the people we met with, Henson Studios actually asked us how the mechanics of the character's faces worked. That sort of thing is very exciting to us, and you almost never hear that sort of talk from producers. Usually trying to talk with producer type people is like trying to talk to steam in a sauna, but Henson really cares about the characters. So that was nice. They didn't pick up the show in the end, but still it was nice.

Otherwise, we've spent most of our time either taking care of Tavisha's mother or preparing new novel and graphic novel pitches, thinking about packing, or going for long walks with wild rabbits and quail. I can't think of anything else. I know there was something, but it's not coming to me. I guess that's how it begins.

Still haven't seen that movie where that bat punches a clown. We'll get around to that eventually too. Just like everything else.

-Rikki

Current Music: Sea Side by Devendra Banhart

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muffins_of_god
muffins_of_god
muffins_of_god
Mon, Aug. 4th, 2008 06:32 am (UTC)

I was really happy when Tavisha told me that you and she were coming back to Atlanta in September. I can't wait to have a chance to sit down and catch up with the both of you.

Congratulations to Grandma! My great uncle just turned 90, and we made a pilgrimage to the motherland (read: New Orleans) to party with him and the family. And eat grotesque amounts of food.


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jen_aside
jen_aside
Jen Aside
Mon, Aug. 4th, 2008 06:44 am (UTC)

...how? It's not out yet \=o

Wow, 90! Yay Tavi's grandmama! Boo, no SB5 =( [...for now]


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rikkisimons
rikkisimons
Rikki Simons
Mon, Aug. 4th, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)

I was talking about Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia! of course.


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rohantm
rohantm
John Scharmen
Mon, Aug. 4th, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)

That wacky bat. Oh how he punches that clown. That awful, awful ninja clown who can hide barrels of explosives just anywhere.

It is a good movie. I hear that the bat has also teamed up with a spider.


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woxel1
woxel1
Jacob Strick
Mon, Aug. 4th, 2008 07:12 am (UTC)

Henson, eh? I just ended my internship there. Them's good people, I hope things work out!


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el3mo
el3mo
Elmo Q. Martin
Mon, Aug. 4th, 2008 07:33 am (UTC)

I'm thinking about starting a cult around the Beard Papa.



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goraina
goraina
raina
Mon, Aug. 4th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)

I'm not lashing out, but dropping the fifth book? When it's DONE?! Arrrrgh.

I hope it indicates that something bigger and shinier is coming! Bad news like that sometimes leads to really good news. My fingers are crossed for you guys.


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paper_seagulls
paper_seagulls
Kate
Mon, Aug. 4th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)

Here's hoping you find a new publisher soon. I'm looking forward to the rest of Shutterbox.

Getting to pitch something to Henson studios... damn. I'd kill to work for them.


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mundeemo
mundeemo
Mundee Mo
Mon, Aug. 4th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)

Finally saw the bat movie and it was okay. The clown was really mean and you felt sorry for the guy whose face was burned but in all I just wish they cut 30 minutes out of the movie. Would I recommend it? Probably but don't bring your thesaurus.

On another note I am so tired of seeing comic book movies. I would like to go to the movies and watch people drink coffee and bitch about their rich lives -- wait that would be a Woody Allen movie and you know what I miss going to see those types films. CGI wears me out, there is too much crap going on. I saw Charlie Wilson's War the other night and enjoyed the hell out it, witty dialogue and good acting.


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shadrad
shadrad
Shadra D
Mon, Aug. 4th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)

THE HILARIOUSLY TEAR-INDUCING THING

is that I will not be able to go to AWA!! for that weekend instead I shall be in--

--wait for it--

LOS ANGELES?!?! IT IS AS IF WE ARE SWITCHING PLACES!!!

Actually it's a little sad because my LA friend I'd hoped to visit WILL ALSO BE AT AWA hmmmmmm >:| damn those cousins and their weddings that prove inconvenient for my personal social life!

In any case, hope to see you again soon-ish!


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deckardb26354
deckardb26354
Dave Leary
Mon, Aug. 4th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)

So sorry to hear about the publishing issues. Honestly, they don't deserve to have your books on their slate if they're going to treat it that way, but that's between you and me. I'm sure you two will find a new publisher soon (once you're done wrangling with the lawyery folks).

Give Grandma my love next time you see her. She's looking great for her age! Lucky Ben!


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thatjamiegirl
thatjamiegirl
Jamie
Mon, Aug. 4th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)

...Ben Franklin looks...nice.


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executivegoth
executivegoth
Taliesin
Mon, Aug. 4th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)

Let me know if you guys need help finding a place!
.T


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pockyman
pockyman
Richard "Pocky" Kim
Mon, Aug. 4th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)

Let me know if I can help with the move, man.


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kirbopher
kirbopher
Mon, Aug. 4th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)

Sorry to hear things didn't work out, but here's hoping you're able to get the final volume put out and complete the series!

Also I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you guys at SDCC, had no idea where to look and it totally slipped my mind!


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gregusa
gregusa
Greg Carter
Mon, Aug. 4th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)

Too bad about TokyoPop. Restructuring in any industry always results in collateral damage. Good luck finding a replacement, you guys should have no problem there.

Also, AWA! See you there.


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quizro
quizro
Wade Rockett
Tue, Aug. 5th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)

Hey, we're getting a Beard Papa's in Uwajimaya across from where I work! I didn't know what it was, and now I am excited.

I really enjoyed the bat vs. clown movie, and thought that the clown made a lot of sense.


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dreamliner
dreamliner
Chris Wallace
Wed, Aug. 6th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)

It was great to be able to hang out with you and Tavi again. Hope you can make it up to Emerald City Comic Con one of these years.


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santossparky
santossparky
santossparky
Wed, Aug. 6th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)

Hehe.

Look forward to introducing you and Tavisha to Satomi - our two year old meter tall toddler. Mousse Fantasy at Sawtelle & Olympic added Beard Papa to it's cafe. It's the best in the city. You thinking of making Shutterbox a squarebound collection?


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rikkisimons
rikkisimons
Rikki Simons
Wed, Aug. 6th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)

It depends on what a new publisher will want to do. I'd like to collect the first thee books into one volume and the second three books under another.


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santossparky
santossparky
santossparky
Wed, Aug. 6th, 2008 05:30 am (UTC)

Hmm. Let me know if you don't score a publisher.


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thetani
thetani
Tani
Wed, Aug. 6th, 2008 06:58 am (UTC)

I can't wait to catch up with you at AWA. I'm sure ShutterBox will be back on track before we know it. Your Grammy looks so sweet.


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gabycat
Gabycat
Fri, Aug. 8th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)

Hey! I Finallly see a photo of Nana! She's adorable!! what a sweet lady!
Aw..I'm sorry about Henson's... -_- sighs. I hope they like some other project you might show them.

And truly, I wish that very soon, very soon things improve for you and Tavi. With lots of good wishing, and positive vibes from every person that likes you.


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theidolhands
theidolhands
Tue, Sep. 2nd, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)

Tokyopop, as part of their massive restructuring, has cancelled ShutterBox and they will not be printing Book 5, though it is finished. I know that this is an impossible thing to ask of the Internet's denizens, but please don't lash out at Tokyopop over this. That doesn't help us or them.

I read about this in Tavisha's journal on DA and was glad to see you make this formal statement here to give perspective. I think it is hard times all around but I'm glad to see you are both still working at your creative efforts as well as keeping all of us up to date.


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
To Tavisha

Great photo of you and your Grandmother. I am a Wolfgarth too and occasionally google our last name and always see your latest there. All the best.


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0lesja_0lgerd
0lesja_0lgerd
Олеся Ольгерд
Wed, Apr. 22nd, 2009 09:17 am (UTC)

Rikky, good afternoon.
I write to you from Russia.
I with surprise and grief has read that "Tokyopop" will not let out vol.5 of "Shutterbox". In Russia this manga is licensed by publishing house "Eksmo". Whether "Eksmo" will let out vol.5 to official exit "Shutterbox" in America, or Russian fans should wait, while it will be printed with any other American publishing house?


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