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not another damn blog!
Another tragedy. When will it end? How can our children and families be safe to pursue their dreams? As a runner, this hits home, but even if I was not a runner my feelings would be the same. We must stand strong - in solidarity - to fight for our freedom and our lives!
I will be there next year, running Boston 2014, and will be honored to do so.
On Jul 19, 2011, at 5:54 AM, “Austen, Charles” <Charles.Austen@nick.com> wrote:
Thanks for the quick reply, Stu. Things are actually going great with me, lately. Thanks for asking.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the ability to publish BOS myself, either, other than in a POD situation, which I would happily do, but since I can’t afford the buyout, that would mean you’d have to give it back to me, which doesn’t sound possible. And anyone interested in doing a turnaround buy-out wants all the ancillary rights, as well. So it sounds as if it’s going to die the death.
Sad for me, that a book named a top ten manga by Publisher’s Weekly that had such positive response internally and externally will never be seen. Such is the creative business.
Thanks for at least considering options. I’ll let you know if anything changes.
Best with the film.
On 7/18/11 1:52 PM, “Stu Levy” <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Chuck – yes, I did indeed say to check back with me about now, and you’re timing is just right! While I’m still very busy (I’m heavy in post on the Pray for Japan film), I’ve sorted out most TOKYOPOP wind-down issues and have been inching forward on “post-armageddon” business.
Re: “Boys of Summer”, it comes down to what in particularly you have in mind. I don’t have the ability to fund or publish more volumes, so if there is another publisher – or you on your own – interested in picking up the publication, we can work out a deal that would be equitable. Regarding ancillary rights, it’s part of the TOKYOPOP Media library. Currently, I’m not actively producing or prepping Boys of Summer in the film/TV or gaming space (can only do so many projects at once), so if there is another producer or studio who is interested in that opportunity, we can discuss.
Just LMK what you have in mind.
Hope all is going well with you!
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From: "Austen, Charles" <Charles.Austen@nick.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:19:35 -0700
To: Stu <email@example.com>
Subject: Hi Stu
Just checking back in on Boys of Summer. If I remember correctly you said to check back with you about now.
Hope everything’s going well in Japan, and with whatever new directions your life is taking you.
All the best,
On Apr 27, 2011, at 11:45 PM, Stu Levy <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Just a heads-up that it will probably be awhile (maybe a few months) before I’m able to dig into this. I’m up in Tohoku, Japan volunteering and working on a documentary, while dealing with the TOKYOPOP wind-down in the States. This is the kind of thing that takes awhile of course. None of us will be working at TOKYOPOP as of June 1, but I’ll still do my best to answer questions and manage issues that arise, including this one.
Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding. If you don’t hear from me by early July, please feel free to harass me then :-)
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From: "Austen, Charles" <Charles.Austen@nick.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2011 13:59:22 -0400
Cc: Tom Ogawa <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Hi Mike/Boys of Summer
Stu-Please let me know if there’s any interest in releasing BOS in any way. I’d love to find a way to get it into print.
On 4/26/11 10:47 AM, “Mike Kiley” <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Quick update here: I’m cc’ing Stu on this msg since he is the guy to whom you should direct all rights-related questions from now on.
Very best regards,
Hey, Chuck -
Yes, it could. We’re in the process of sorting things out here; will circle back to you in a week or two with some updated info.
On 4/19/11 12:54 PM, “Austen, Charles” <Charles.Austen@nick.com> wrote:
Does this new announcement change anything?
I’m still trying to find someone who will help buy back the rights.
Hope things are going well with you guys. Too many good people up there that are losing out because of this. Hope you’re doing okay.
On 3/16/11 2:43 PM, “Mike Kiley” <email@example.com> wrote:
Hi, Chuck -
Yes, we’d be happy to discuss further if that were an option.
On 3/15/11 3:12 PM, “Austen, Charles” <Charles.Austen@nick.com> wrote:
If I COULD get someone to pony up 40 grand, would that possibility even be entertained?
On 3/15/11 3:51 PM, “Mike Kiley” <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Hey, Chuck -
Good to hear from you!
I’m cc’ing our Biz Dev guru – Tom Ogawa – on this message, so that he can verify my view of the rights situation with BOYS OF SUMMER.
In general, our publishing deals are structured to give us rights in perpetuity, provided that we meet certain requirements to publish the work – either in print here in the U.S., via a digital edition, or in an international edition with one of our partners abroad. It’s my understanding that we have fulfilled that requirement with BOYS OF SUMMER (via an intl edition, if memory serves), and that therefore the only reversion that could take place would be one that we would negotiate with you on mutually agreeable terms.
Tom – have I correctly stated the situation here?
Chuck – we have a ton of time and money invested in BOYS OF SUMMER ($40,000 just in artist and writer fees alone, I think) and do not ordinarily consider reversion requests as a result. (The main reason for this is because since neither party has breached this agreement, the only way we would even entertain a reversion would be for us to be made whole by the creator on our direct costs to develop and produce the series.)
In any event, let me know if you have any further questions – and, Tom, pls chime in with your view, too.
On 3/15/11 2:34 PM, “Austen, Charles” <Charles.Austen@nick.com> wrote:
My name’s Chuck Austen and I’ve done some work for TokyoPop in the past.
I created a series called Boys of Summer, and I’ve been trying to understand from my contract when the rights revert back to me. Being an artist, I’m terrible at this kind of thing and I was hoping you could help me to know what the rights situation is.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Hope you’re doing well. I hear things are a bit turbulent over there.
I divide my world up into the following activities:
I recently found out my thyroid, which already is “hypo”, now has a growth. Nothing urgent, but also important to confirm there’s no cancer. I have to see an endocrinologist but how did I get that his office my test results? I had to call my GP’s office to fax (fax?!) them over to him.
So, I’m waiting on technology to disrupt the Hippocratic Oath. Okay, not the Oath itself - ethics are good. But the excuses made by the medical community that blame the Oath for not allowing free and open access to medical records.
Imagine a sort of Facebook timeline of your health. From the moment you are born (actually from before your conception), any and all medical info about you — your allergies, surgeries, medications, family history, viruses, pathologies, etc — would be tracked in one place. YOU would control access to this depository and could assign doctors, hospitals and other practitioners access as YOU see fit. And it would live on the cloud so it would follow you everywhere.
No more calling your doctors office to fax a recent test to a specialist; no more “starting over” in new cities; no more forgetting or losing track of your charts from childhood because you moved away and lost touch.
As I get older, this sounds so nice, so convenient. And so critical. But the medical establishment isn’t embracing it - in fact, they are running scared. Making excuses so they don’t lose control.
Technology will win. The Hippocratic Oath will be disrupted. And finally WE will have control over our own bodies.
My thyroid and I can’t wait.
I was so excited to visit my good friends in Tohoku for the M’s Japan taiko concert in Sendai last night.
Originally, I didn’t think I could go but I hopped on the Shinkansen at around 2:30 PM and made it up to Sendai just before 6 PM - concert started at 6:30 PM.
This concert was particularly special since the Ogatsu Middle School students all performed as the opening act. I had not seen many of them since my days staying in Tohoku last year while volunteering and filming “Pray for Japan”.
They attended the P4J screening in Ishinomaki during March, but it was too hectic for me to get a chance to talk to them. I really regretted that. But at least last night I was able to hang out with them a bit (even though the seniors graduated in March).
Sato-san, the Ogatsu principal, was there as well. However, he was transferred to the MIyagi Board of Education in Sendai - no longer principal of Ogatsu Middle School. I think he really misses it - it’s hard to imagine the school without him. The teachers are all very friendly and it was nice to see them too.
Monma-san was there, as well as Chiba-san (M’s Japan producer) and Ito Kento!
Seeing Kento-kun was awesome.
He’s such a vibrant guy - I love to see him in good spirits, even though I’m sure he often must feel bouts of depression.
But he truly feels like a free spirit when he’s banging on the taiko drum.
I very much hope to find a way to bring M’s Japan and Ito Kento to America next year to perform.
Perhaps Anime Expo or Otakon or some of the Japan-America Society groups would be able to sponsor them.
And if the Ogatsu Middle School children could join and perform it would be truly amazing for everyone.
They’re going to Korea in 2 weeks as a group, invited by an educational institution.
I feel like the M’s Japan Orchestra musicians are all one big family and I’m the cousin that lives far away. They always welcome me with open arms.
As I write this, there are small quakes happening here in Tokyo.
This land is never still.
Back pain sucks.
I don’t typically experience it, but thanks to following an online fitness video program (six pack shortcuts if you’re curious) I now am amongst the world’s exclusive group of people who have had major back pain. Not fun.
Phase 3 of this program (of four total phases) consists of 12 intense days filled with lots of heavy weight lifting. Stuff that can’t be good for you, like dead lifts (think of the name!), military press, heavy squats. No rest days either. So, why was I doing this? Because it was working. I’m a runner and I got tired of everyone saying I’m too skinny so I thought I’d bulk up a bit with some muscle definition. Not a great idea without a trainer. Cross training is one thing but mixing sports unaided - especially in your 40’s is another.
Online video is great - and there is a world of useful info - but buyer beware, the risks are yours.
Ok, back to hobbling around…