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NYAF, TOKYOPOP & PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY...OH MY!!!

December 11th, 2007 (05:15 pm)
current location: B'ville
current song: OPETH

Well, I don't even know where to start! The NYC Anime Festival was AWESOME! We accomplished everything we set out to do and MORE!

So, first off the convention was fun, tiring but fun...why can't these shows start at midnight...? As I told kethylia, I'm the DON'T GO INTO THE LIGHT kinda grl. I usually do my best works between twelve and two a.m.....for real! Anyways, there were like, 10-15 thousand peeps who attended the NYC Anime Festival this year...good for us, we sold out of almost everything.

David and I had two new books printed up for the show. We put the Live Journal posts into a diary format with new art and previews for book two of both YARU and EVERGREY! It was kinda cool 'cause we also included the story/concept along with character descriptions and illustrations.

A lot of very nice people stopped by to visit and chat it up...Oh, and thanks to everyone who picked up some of our goodies, support is EVERYTHING to us. So many nice comments about our work inspires us all the more!

Brigid Alverson  from mangablog was like the first one over...so nice to see her again, I think I was all out of sorts when we spoke last year at MangaNext, so I'm glad to have reconnected. She did a very nice in depth interview with us. Calvin Reid and Heidi MacDonald (The Beat) from PW's Comic Week also stopped by and said that they were gonna publish Brigid's interview in the Publisher's Weekly Newsletter...WOW I can't believe Brigid actually made sense outta my words...I'm tellin'   ya, I was like NON STOP!

Full report and photos after the cut!

Soooo...the news is official! Yes, Lime Manga has broken up with Tokyopop Germany! Gosh, I feel like a High School drama queen...no sir, it was a totally mutual split and on good terms no less!

We are really branching off into a new direction...it's funny, when meeting with Rob Tokar (editor-in-chief at Tpop) about licensing our properties EVERGREY and YARU, he said it was new territory, I mean licensing from creators...btw, we are publishers now as we have laid the foundation for publication in Europe as well as the US.

"Nice n slow, see, that's the way to do it, nice n slow". I think that was from a Flintstone cartoon...IT"S SOOOO TRUE! David and I figured we have low overhead so we can start small and move forward at our own pace. This IS what we wanted, to have TOTAL CONTROL over the actual publishing and promotion of our properties...we darn well know how to do it ALL, so we would be fools not to flex that brain muscle and experience!

David once told me that ya didn't want to be the pioneer 'cause they're the ones who end up eatin' dirt with arrows in their backs....Be the settler, it's much easier...K, David, so tell me, why is it ok to be the pioneer now...?  I must admit, I do feel oogie, then I ask myself, why??? We have all the knowledge, we know all the people, we have the talent/creative abilities...and just about everything we need, so why be scared...Oh, NEW territory. Then I just change my thoughts replacing scared with excited and it's all better!

We also got to meet some very talented and established people in the Manga industry and see some old friends... svetlania and deedupuy  of Dramacon fame stopped by...we were so glad to have finally met them both, it's so weird "knowing:" people from online  and then meeting them in person. It makes it all so ...real.

REM (Tpop's Vamire Kisses and winner of the Kodansha Manga contest!!!) hung out with us for a while....She and David met online a while back, before her Tpop gig. They were talking about doujinshi, printing and manga...so it was very hip to meet her in person.

Then CB. Cebulsky, an old friend and now ueber-consultant to Marvel came by for a little business chatting and catching up. Looks like we're going to see him soon again in Angouleme. Check out his Blog Chesterfest for his extensive travel reports.

Well, those of you who know me also know that I could sit here and go on and on endlessly but work calls and believe me, there is a whole lot more of it!

A bit of an update on our site...David and I are revamping it plus we have new stuff to add and things to delete...Change is beautiful!

Anyways...all weekend our dear comrade, tonybanke (assist on our books) and I were trying to come up with sayings from our grandparents day like, I've been bamboozled or hoodwinked.....So, as they said in the good old dayz...Back to the drawing board!

Also, we just got in the article in Publisher's Weekly Comicweek newsletter. Brigid did a fantastic job putting everything in coherent order. You can check it out here: Lime brings new Twist to Global Manga

An now on to the photos:

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Our booth set-up. Me and David!



Me and Anthony Banks!



Selling out fast...



Our new Evergrey & Yaru Diary books!



And some prints, we sold at the show.



Fun folks at Netcomics!



The always massive Tpop booth. Check out Rob Tokar  in the red shirt to the left...



Our booth was right opposite of the Tpop booth. This was our view for the weekend...



Stephen from Vertical. Always in good spirits!



Ali at the Del Rey booth! don't know who's backside that is tho...



View of the artist alley before the rush!



Those crazy artists drawing for food.

Comments

Posted by: Rikki Simons (rikkisimons)
Posted at: December 12th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)

I usually do my best works between twelve and two a.m

Oh, I know the feeling. I just woke up at 3:00 PM.

Congratulations on your bold new move!

Posted by: [ LIME MANGA ] (limemanga)
Posted at: December 12th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
beezer

Yea...i love the nite but I get all wiggy when I have to get up and out early. I think there really should be midnight conventions, then again it might be like Save The Robots (cool but dangerous) after hours club in Manhattan.

Thanks...but I think you already knew we were headin' in that direction. It's a strange new freedom....Oh and the power!!!

Posted by: Tony Banke (tonybanke)
Posted at: December 12th, 2007 03:58 am (UTC)
Like old times...

Guys, it was a blast hanging out with you this weekend, breathing in that slightly over-ripe cabbage smell you only truly get at cons and occassionally breaking out into some free form yodelling. We definitely have to hang out more! My New Years resolution is to drag you guys out of the sweatshop every now and then for some curry + cinema, ja?

Btw, like my avatar?

Posted by: [ LIME MANGA ] (limemanga)
Posted at: December 12th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Like old times...
khal bandage

Noooo, like NEW times! Yea...sweatshop, huh? That makes us what...15? I post like it...

Ja, curry and cinema, das ist gut!

Uuuuh....FIGURE DRAWING, lmk!

Loooove the avatar!

Posted by: Leborcham (leborcham)
Posted at: December 12th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)

I'm a 12-2er myself...kinda frustrating if you like hanging out with other people, but you gotta learn to roll.

Posted by: [ LIME MANGA ] (limemanga)
Posted at: December 12th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
rae n bee

I'm good at "Rollin"...Dad always said to remain fluid....now I know what he means! ^_~

Posted by: mayshing (mayshing)
Posted at: December 17th, 2007 04:50 am (UTC)

Your booth looked so nice with the posters and such. (I hope this time it isn't hand-made, is it? XD )
Now I regret not going. :/ I will be there next year! XD
This year's final weeks were just tiring me out.

Posted by: [ LIME MANGA ] (limemanga)
Posted at: December 17th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
gilt

We totally missed ya...but school is definitely more important. The progress you've been making in your animation is incredible. I'm gonna start creating some traditionally animated shorts when this project is finished.

Posted by: mayshing (mayshing)
Posted at: December 17th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)

Have fun. Traditional animation is the best!

Posted by: mayshing (mayshing)
Posted at: December 17th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)

The new covers for the books look awesome on the photo by the way. :D I hope the sales go well in the mass market.

Posted by: The Illustrious Sakina Angel (brokenxskies)
Posted at: February 15th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)

Gah, seeing photos like that make me wish I lived in the US!!!

Posted by: [ LIME MANGA ] (limemanga)
Posted at: February 15th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
Khal_Rae

the US of A has it's positives as well as the negatives, beauty paralleling the ugly but in a created and self imposed world of dualism it all comes 'round somehow (i'm goin insane)...like every other place on this glorious planet.

i'd love to visit the UK...AND I WILL, besides, you guys have those cool accents!

k, that was corny...

Posted by: The Illustrious Sakina Angel (brokenxskies)
Posted at: February 15th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)

Hehe, I've never been to a convention before, so there's a sorta romantic quality about them for me. It must be soo fun to chat to people about your work!

Posted by: [ LIME MANGA ] (limemanga)
Posted at: February 15th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)

oh totally! it's sooo overwhelming! plus meeting all the other creators, fans and well, just about anyone and everyone who drops by!

it's kinda like a huge, weird, surreal social gathering...you guys have conventions/manga/anime shows in the UK?

Posted by: Donna (huntress1979)
Posted at: March 10th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)

Mary,

I hope you are doing well and have been busy, since I haven't seen you on here much lately, but I was wondering if you and your dad could check out a freind of mine's work on Deviant Art. He's obviously influenced by your Dad and late uncle's work and probably wouldn't mind some feedback since he's in the process of launching his own webcomic.

Here's his page: http://motterhorn.deviantart.com

TTFN--Donna

Posted by: vonandmoggy (vonandmoggy)
Posted at: July 26th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
Von in toque

Hey you!

Haven't heard much from you over the past few months so I figured I'd drop you a quick post just to touch base and make sure that everything's ok. I'm hoping it is. :)

Von

Posted by: [ LIME MANGA ] (limemanga)
Posted at: July 27th, 2008 09:10 am (UTC)
Szandor Tear

I'm so sorry...Yes, I am well and all is good! ^__
I sent ya an email 'cause there was some personal stuff going on...

Hope to hear back from you soon!

Oh, and tell Moggy thanks for the inspiring photos she posted on her blog...

Peace!

Mary

Posted by: vonandmoggy (vonandmoggy)
Posted at: July 27th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
Von in toque

Oh, ok! I didn't get it but it may have gone to Moggy instead (she's out of town 'til tonight so she's not checking her email). If you'd like, you can always forward it to von@vonallan.com instead. :)

Thinking of you, though. And I hope the personal stuff isn't too heavy.

Von

Posted by: [ LIME MANGA ] (limemanga)
Posted at: July 27th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)

Duuh...i sent it to vonallen instead of an

Posted by: [ LIME MANGA ] (limemanga)
Posted at: July 27th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)

P.S.

just hearing from you makes me smile! ^_____^

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