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Is that TP on your shoe?

May 27th, 2008 (11:19 am)

Last night, over the phone, divalea amused me greately by reading me TokyoPoop's latest attempt at contract skullduggery.  I love the bit where they don't have to credit you on your own work, should they deem it to be too inconvenient to do so.  I also love how they still seem to own your ass even after your year-long "pact" has expired.

What distresses me though, is there there will always be a bumper crop of fresh-faced young'uns ready to swallow the "friendly language" bullshit (legalese exists for a reason, people) or worse, convince themselves that this kind of odious and rapacious behavior is just something to be tolerated in order to "make it" in comics.  

But what are TP's execs doing as you struggle to "make it" on their indentured servitude... er... ass-reaming contract... uh, pact?  You can sure as hell bet they aren't sweating the electric bill or worrying about how to make two days worth of ramen last for three.

You know, TP and their Preacher's discount contracts are like like most internet trolls; if you ignore them they will eventually go away.


Posted by: kadymae (kadymae)
Posted at: May 27th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)

Tokyo Poop.


Posted by: L. R. Jonte (arcana_j)
Posted at: May 27th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)

What can I say? I felt inspired.

Posted by: Matt (mattbayne)
Posted at: May 27th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
I've got TWO swords!

At least you used your powers for good.

Posted by: L. R. Jonte (arcana_j)
Posted at: May 27th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)

One a week, whether I need it or not.

Posted by: michekana (michekana)
Posted at: May 28th, 2008 05:33 am (UTC)

Are you sure that's a real Tokyopop contract? I tried searching their site for it, but it doesn't come up. Plus, it doesn't have their trademark logo that they usually stamp all over everything. When I looked at their manga pilot area, they have their traditional submission guidelines with their traditional terms. Am I missing something? Is there a link not to a pdf but to the actual pdf download on their site? I'm not defending TP by anymeans, but it looks odd...

Posted by: michekana (michekana)
Posted at: May 28th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)

Right-that's the link to the direct PDF-but I mean where is it on the site? When I looked up the Manga Pilot guide, I found it on this page:
along with the FAQ's. And the submission form is still the same as it's always been. Of course, I'm not hip to their site because I don't use it and it's really hard to navigate. So I may just be missing something. But to me, it's odd that the trackback of that URL is to a misc folder-and that when you try searching for this Shining Stars thing, it doesn't pop up or seems to result in an error. I'd think something like that would be easier to find on their site.

Posted by: L. R. Jonte (arcana_j)
Posted at: May 28th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)

Try this one:

Posted by: Steve Hutchison (foomf)
Posted at: May 28th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)

Read the URL. That's where it is on the site. I have no idea how to reach it through their normal browser links, nor do I care, because I find their business model to be crap, and I do not choose to encourage them by buying their product, nor do I want to bother reading their site.

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