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i hate talking about myself. that's why i draw instead of keeping live journals!

okay i have a lot of news and general stuff to blabber about so i decided it would be a lot less intimidating broken down in parts.  

so...here's the first part to get off my chest.

PART 1
the awful news first.

as some of you probably heard Tokyopop is doing a lot of restructuring in the company.  many of the OEL projects got affected.  Off*beat got put on "hiatus".  what does that mean exactly?  i'm not entirely certain myself.  i apologize for not sharing the news earlier but i was hoping to learn more information about the future of the project.  all i can say still at this moment is that i have expressed deep concern to my former editor that i wanted a means to finish the story and give my readers closure.  i'm trying not to say too much because i want to keep my options and relations as good as possible.  i was given a kind of vague response quite some time ago that things were still being re-organized on their end and they were looking in to options for allowing their creators to finish their stories.

**in short, tokyopop put the freeze on off*beat and there's nothing i can do about it until i hear otherwise...which maybe never.

i'm disheartened and embarrassed that i have to be the one to share this news so please don't shoot the messenger.

PART 2
the (hopefully) good news

my poll earlier this month reflected my plans for the future which i have already set into full motion.  i figured the best way for me to pick myself up from this disappointing circumstance and regain some control over my work, was to look into self publishing and on demand printing.  for the rest of 2008 i will be releasing 28 page monthly comics.  each comic will be a self contained story based on a previous story idea/comic i have written or planned on writing.  i will decide on which story, if any of them, i feel i want to pursue in to a full graphic novel form, based on the outcome and hopefully reader feedback.

at the end of this year, i will have a better idea if comics will be something i can afford to do full time or part time (or worst scenario no time) and that will affect if my next project will be novels published quarterly, yearly, or sporadic self contained single issues.  i will also be giving this time to tokyopop, should off*beat have any chance of revival, i will not be caught in another long story arc.  i will post more detail about this soon.  issue one is mostly complete and should be available in mid/early september.

i had hoped to have out in august, but it will take a month or so for printing and i've run into layout/formating problems.

**in short- i'm going to put a rather big risk, give this whole comics thing one last big effort before i throw in the towel, and resign myself to a future of retail.  

my current life goal is that i'd like to have health insurance by my 30th birthday.  thank you again, words cannot express my gratitude for your interest and support in my artwork.

**related Off*beat links**

Tokyopop: www.tokyopop.com/product/1514
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off*beat
Fanlisting: off.beat.beautiful-beast.net/
LJ Community: community.livejournal.com/gaia…
Fanfiction: www.fanfiction.net/anime/Off_B…
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spectrosity Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Student Writer
... I was seeing that the third volume would be released on December 2, 2008 from a number of sources. So now I'm confused and frankly, very, very angry. I understand the need for Tokyopop to do a re-structure, but to put a three-part series on 'hiatus' when there's only one volume remaining to be released? That's... really awful. I've been looking forward to reading the end for so long, and then I hear this news.

Regardless, you have talent. I've enjoyed your work for so long, and having met you, I know that you have the drive, that ambition to be an artist for a living. I have a number of extremely talented artist friends, and I realize that the field is extraordinarily competitive, but I believe in you. This circumstance may be regrettable, but I know you can rise above this and continue to pursue art as a career, not just some side hobby. You're good enough. And from what I've been seeing with your recent work (western, please?!) you've improved and managed to grab my interest thoroughly in just a single page. That, my friend, takes impressive skill.

Don't let that talent go to waste <3 I do hope that if they have no plans of publishing your last volume of Off*Beat, that they will revert the rights back to you so you may do so. You have a ton of fans who would love to read what happens to Tory and Colin, including myself :)

:heart: Much love and encouragement,
Michelle
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
aawww~ thank you.
i have no idea what the future holds for me, but i hope i will be able to keep doing some kind of art. at least as a hobby. it helps me get out alot of my feelings and such. i think i am always happier when im working on comics.
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spectrosity Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008  Student Writer
Well you definitely have the skill, there's no lack there. And if it makes you happy, you should find a way for you to do it full time. There's nothing quite like working doing something you hate. I'm currently doing that (well, it was MUCH worse a couple of months ago and things are getting better, but still) and it's awful. Sometimes we must do what we can to make end's meet, but still. If it's something you love so much that you feel you would be withholding your voice from the world, by all means pursue it :)
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midnighteve Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008
Just the other day I went into my local comic book shop and as I was chatting with the owner, we got into a discussion about Tokyopop. I know you've said that Tokyopop put you on "hiatus", but from what I heard from the owner (and what I saw when he showed me his inventory computer) your wonderful book was on the list of "Cancelled" manga. :(

I hate to ask since it's been asked so many times already (and this journal entry is sorta old) but do you have any news about whether or not you'll be getting your rights back on at least the last unpublished volume of Off*Beat?
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008
sadly when tokyopop has put off*beat on indefinite hiatus it was the equivalent of canceling it without giving me back the rights to distribute it myself. when this matter will be resolved, i have no idea. sorry for that bad news. :/ nothing within my control and at this rate i'm kind of not getting my hopes up anymore.
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Parkas4Kids Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
Okay, so I'm TOTALLY late in reading this, but you've rekindled the fire of me wanting to punch every TokyoPop exec. in the face. I've really enjoyed reading Off*Beat, and it saddens me to hear you've considered throwing in the towel when it comes to comics. Hopefully everything'll work out, though.:)
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
i really don't blame tokyopop. i think business is tough. i just hope they let me finish off*beat on my own if they don't intend to publish it :X
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Parkas4Kids Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008
I agree. It's really shitty of them (at least in my opinion) to hold onto the right of the various books they've put on hiatus. I mean, what if they decide to NEVER let you finish? What, all that work for nothing?

SO NOT COOL.
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otakusakura Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, so sorry to hear about this whole mess. I really hope things get worked out, both for your sake and so we can get to see the end of Off*Beat!

I can't wait for the new comics, though. I'll totally be supporting you with this, as long as my mom doesn't kill me for asking to use her Paypal every month, eheheheh...

Best of luck with everything! <3
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
thank you so much~
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