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The Bard is right again

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Feb. 26th, 2006 | 12:18 am

After reading the lettercol at the back of the new TPB of OMG (Vol 22), I was reminded of Shakespeare's comment that "The evil that men do lives after them. The good is oft interred with their bones." And of course, his less well-known quote, "What a bunch of whiny gits these fanboys be."

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from: mrcaxton
date: Feb. 27th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)

When the Japanese publishers ask me why I don't go after the scanslators--or worse, the scanners--I reply that if the RIAA and MPAA, with their (literally) billions of dollars and hundreds of lawyers can't stop bootlegging, what chance do I have?
I know from talking to many folks in the industry that scanslations DO have a negative effect. Many books that are on the tipping point will never be legally published because of scanslations. This is not only unfair to the honest fans, it is robbery from the very creators the otaku profess to love.
And yes, the neo-otaku (my neologism for the new generation of entitlement-minded and puritanistic manga and anime fans) have mutated into a truly awful bunch of people, which is part of the reason I dropped out of the biz. Why work twelve hours a day, seven days a week for such an audience?

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