POP Comics and the Return of TokyoPop
According to Comics Alliance, TokyoPop founder Stu Levy has unveiled an ad-supported comics app called POP Comics. He also announced vague plans to return to manga publishing this year. This has resulted in a very pronounced outcry from folks who had negative experiences with Tokyopop contracts in the past. For an excellent review of Tokyopop’s history of creator relations, check out this Comics Alliance pice on the subject from last year. From that piece:
Recalling Tokyopop’s contracts, which granted 50% ownership of copyright to the publisher, and Tokyopop founder and CEO Stu Levy’s business practices, Simons was clear about his feelings about their comeback:
“We don’t know if Stu Levy intends to run Tokyopop the same way he did from 1998 to 2011, whether he intends to push rotting fish with roses attached under the noses of young, impatient, and inexperienced creator,” he told me. “We hope he has changed. But we sincerely doubt it. Tokyopop had one legacy, and that was lowering the bar for creator’s rights.”
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