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14th-Jun-2011 02:17 pm
But I'd like to make a quick comparison.

Ai Yazawa is a manga artist, very popular for her loveable characters and fantastic designs, rather like Tessa in my mind.

She's had a few good series which have garnered a lot of attention. Her latest is Nana, which has something like 84 chapters. In the very latest chapters, she pulled a rather big move with one of the characters that would have changed the story completely (I won't hint at what it is, in case there's anyone out there who wants to check out the work and be surprised.) It was HUGE, and everyone was shocked, and wanted to know what happened next.

In Tessa's latest posts, she pulled some rather big, game-changing moves which would have changed the story completely, and had everyone very excited and wanting to know what happened next. According to her journal entries, she had some big plans.

Ai Yazawa ended up leaving her work suddenly at a cliff-hanger point because she was hospitalized for an unknown illness. This was a couple years ago. She is slowly recovering, but she has publicly stated that she does not know if she will continue the series; in fact, she seriously doubts she will try to pick it up again. Twenty-four books into the series, just when it's starting to reach the big finale, and that's probably where the story will be left.

There has been no hate. No wank. Everyone is very disappointed that the series won't be finished, some are still holding out the hope that someday it will be finished. But no one has called Ai Yazawa out for not fulfilling her duty to fandom, letting down her publisher, being lazy, etc. This is because Ai Yazawa was honest, and made it clear that her own life and happiness are her priority, and she does not consider herself a slave to fandom.

Compare this to our scenario. There's been no word from Tessa, leaving other people to fill in the blanks. Some people have been kind, some people have not. The generous assumption is that Tessa is dealing with something huge, and deserves to be cut some slack. We're all hoping to hear from her again. But many are angry, sad---even offended in some cases---that she won't speak for herself. 

I don't need to have the whole story from her. I don't care what happened, it's none of my business. I just think she should have posted: "I will not be posting for a while. Please be patient." Or something to that effect. It's a simple, final statement that leaves no room for argument. It's impossible to say that no rumors (such as the lawsuit story) would have been started, but it might have helped. I truly believe it would have made the world of difference.

I'm tired of people ragging on her for "being irresponsible and lazy", and I'm tired of people defending her "because she's shy". No one should be speaking for her; she needs to speak for herself. Her silence has been more damaging to her character, her publisher, and her future than the hiatus.

I wish her very well, and hope that this will be resolved soon.
14th-Jun-2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, and no. Leave Tessa alone, yes. Get over it, it's just a comic. I love it to pieces, too, yes. I'd be sad and disappointed if it ends where it is, but what can I do to change it...? Get on a plane, fly over to the US and bang on Tessa's door?

And no, I'm not surprised that she left no note. 90% of the people on the Internet do that. When they're hospitalized, divorcing, giving birth, mourning, looking for a job, wreck the car, raise their kids, get married, bury the dog, move, have a flu, vacationing, struggling with mortgage, have an art block and die, they leave no notes whatsoever. They seem to be completely unable to spare five minutes to type a reassuring note. My RL friends do that. My online friends do that. It's a pretty common custom. Annoying? YES. Unusual? Hardly.
14th-Jun-2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
14th-Jun-2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
I don't see where in my post I said that I wanted a comic update from her.

Many people on the internet disappear, it's true. Anonymity allows that. If she was still an independent webcomic artist, your point would be valid. Tessa Stone is not anonymous. She has signed on with a publishing group, which, however small, is now having to deal with professional ramifications due to her behavior. Tessa has claimed that she wants to continue making comics, and her actions have driven away support and hurt her future; THAT is what I'm concerned about, and why I made the comparison with Ai Yazawa. I'm sorry if that was not clear.
14th-Jun-2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
I don't see where in my post I said that I thought you wanted a comic update from her.

If you're concerned about HER- woah. I mean- Uh. Concerned about _her_ and her career, really...? O_o Why...? Sure, I think she's a nice, cute girl, but... It's totally not my concern if she lives or dies. Sounds cruel, I know, but facts are facts - she's not a personal friend of mine and if she chooses to, lessay, be an a$$hole and flip the bird to the fans and the company, I don't care. We all have our free will, we can choose how we ruin our lives and we have a right to do it. Who am I - or you, or anybody else - to stop her?
14th-Jun-2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
I interpreted your comment that I should "Get over it" because "it's just a comic" to indicate that I was upset because I wanted an update. I'm sorry if that was presumptuous.

The art world is hard. I'm not into making comics, but I do write, and I'm pursuing a masters degree in theatre. As far as careers go, writing and theatre SUCK for an income, and visual artists have it just as hard, if not harder, so I empathize. Tessa had a great start with HINABN, with fans who were more than happy to pay for her creations. That's incredibly rare. Because she was making money from the comic, Tessa was talking about quitting her day job so she could devote herself to what she loves doing most: comics and art. Very few artists are able to make money from their work, let alone make it their day job. I'm afraid she's lost the support and goodwill she garnered up until now, and that further pursuits are going to be inhibited by this false start. It's not my place to stop her, but I find the opportunity she had and what's become of it relevant to any young artist in any capacity trying to get their start.
14th-Jun-2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Like "See this? BAD EXAMPLE."

Seriously, you can mourn all you want, but she made her choice. If she fails, she had it coming. If she doesn't, power to the fanbase. The only thing you can do is bang on her door and tell her to shape up.

Get over it, she's just human.
14th-Jun-2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
I smell trolls on the approach. The situation is what it is. Making comparisons or griping about it or not griping about it won't change what is happening, so why even exhaust effort over it? If she comes back, fantastic. If she doesn't, then she feels meant to live her life a different way, and we should respect that as we want our life choices to be respected. I hope the OP doesn't take this as an attack on him/her, I think this is a more general comment. I'm seeing these discussions all over the place and it's just getting kind of tiring.
15th-Jun-2011 12:46 am (UTC)
Yes, this.

As well, no offense meant to the OP, but this pretty much sums up my sentiments. Let's all be cool, babies. Whatever is, is.
15th-Jun-2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, um, I have a question.

What is this rumor about a lawsuit? I have never heard this, and though I know it's just a rumor, I kinda can't see how it would be sued. Does any one have info on that, or a link or something?
15th-Jun-2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
Just noticed blergdeblah has the same icon. I am le fail.
16th-Jun-2011 11:45 am (UTC)

Here's the publisher's statement on the issue. Apparently it's just a rumor. The Meek and Lackadaisy artists seem to back them up.
Personally I think it's just Tessa having some sort of breakdown. It happens to everyone.
17th-Jun-2011 04:09 am (UTC)
I'm tired of people ragging on her for "being irresponsible and lazy", and I'm tired of people defending her "because she's shy". No one should be speaking for her; she needs to speak for herself. Her silence has been more damaging to her character, her publisher, and her future than the hiatus.

Yep. Not that I care, but if she's wanting to make a career out of this (which, I don't know if she does, but it seems like she would have made the connections to do so) it's a bit damaging.

Oh well. All the best to her.
18th-Jun-2011 06:29 am (UTC)
Anon because I've gotten a lot of flack for having this same opinion.

I'm only upset because it hurts /Tessa/, not because HINABN might not come back. She seems like a nice girl. I want her to make good choices and not throw away what she's earned with so much hard work. People say 'well, that's her decision, she can do what she wants,' but our society is where it is today because people have no expectations of other people. It's important to realize you're part of a greater whole, and you really /do/ owe your fans something, whether you want to recognize it or not. Things like this seem to happen because people don't know better, and it's frustrating to see faux pas being committed by people you care about.

Just wanted to say I understand why you're sharing your thoughts.
2nd-Jul-2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
Didn't see this until way later, but thank you :)
1st-Jul-2011 08:14 am (UTC)
Hmm, I'm still pissed off cuz I ordered a sketched copy of the comic and after waiting almost a year and finally contacting them, was told that they don't think they can complete my order :/ Whatever her reasons for just disappearing, she had responsibilities to the people who paid RL money for an item she was selling, so the least she could have done is let us know that she wouldn't be completing our orders.

27th-Oct-2011 12:41 am (UTC)
Did you at least get a refund or did you lose out on your money?
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