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, "Katherine" <smithie_28@...> wrote:
> More confirmation that Stu Levy is a narcissistic prick. I can't read anything about him without being irritated. (On a semi-related note, I hope that the live adaptation of Priest bombs.) Rant finished.
I'm not going to argue with that. After reinventing himself as media mogul, now he's reinvented himself as Bodhisattva. I hope that gig works out for him.
That having been said, I don't think we really *know* what went on at TP. We have no idea if books really sold well at all, or we just liked having them out there. We don't know anything at all about their money situation...Viz, Yen, Funi, Nozomi/RightStuf, Crunchyroll, they all have investments backing them. Geneon had that too, and when the company investing in them realized it was hemorrhaging money, they pulled the funding. Didn't matter that we really wanted them to be around...they couldn't make enough money to pay for themselves.
I have no idea where TP got their money, but it may well have simply gotten to the point where the publishing wasn't paying for itself, even if we wanted them to still be there.
This is the biggest disconnect between fans and reality that I see on a regular basis. "I bought one copy of this book. I like this book. Therefore the book is good, and must be selling well. The company must keep selling it because I buy it." Well, unless about 5000 other people can say the same thing, the company just can't keep publishing that book.
When TP originally printed Sailor Moon, the audience to market ratio was way higher. If you liked manga, you bought it. Then scanlations beca,e the default - if you liked manga you read scans and, maybe, if you REALLY liked it and didn't find some reason to hate the company, you bought it. That's had such a tremendous impact on manga publishing, even if fans don't like to admit it.
I genuinely believe that if I or someone licensed GIRL FRIENDS in the US they would not be able to sell 4000 copies of it. The Yuri market here is still 2500 people at best. And there are hardly any book stores left to get it into. I consider GIRLFRIENDS to be the Yuri title most likely to sell... and I still don't think it would pay for itself. Certainly not for 5 volumes of itself.
I know I beat this horse to death, but it's important to understand that companies going down is not a personal insult. There is still a huge gap between the realities of the market and the perception of the market fans insist upon. I'm a fan too, I know what you all see - I can see it too. I know what you want and damn if I could give it to you, I would. When there are enough of you to make it feasible...I will.