Manga Before Flowers -- News Flash: Corporations Suck!

Okay, so the fact corporations suck is not surprising...but since I just spent this morning giving both fans and U.S. media corporations a fair shake, as it were, in my column, I'm feeling rather chagrined when I blog-hop this afternoon and find that Lea Hernandez is reporting on the latest (& truly hideous) Tokyopop contract with creators here.  Christopher Butcher weighs in here, and Bryan Lee O'Malley takes a stand here.

The long and short of it is that Tokyopop wants to swindle young, impressionable comic-book creators out of their creative property and also manages to insult the French for having IDEAS.  You know, ideas that influenced modern jurisprudence.  Dear lord.

I don't like to be negative, in general, in this forum, but man.  This whole thing just reeks.

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