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~生まれた町で夢見てきた...~
"In the city of my birth, I had a dream..."
*groans* Just stop now, okay? You're already sooooo not ahead. 
27th-Nov-2006 11:43 pm
Accordion
The misguided attempt on the part of the New York Times Book Review to illuminate the "newfound" connection between comic books and women that started with DC's brave new Minx world* continues here. How could this article to be so utterly devoid of genuine historical grounding?!!! (Okay, so female mangaka are huge. How 'bout explaining why?) After all, I'm sure the Times readers are just DYING to know all about CLAMP... They ought to stick to their strengths--not to mention their demographic.

Oh, and QUICKLY: Name the heroine of Sailor Moon**.
*wanders off to die before it gets any worse*

*I'm fast becoming convinced that the comic book industry is incapable of learning from the mistakes of others. Raise your hand if you remember how quickly the publisher now called TOKYOPOP axed their "Chix Comix" line (AND the Mixx Entertainment name along with it).
**HINT: Neither the Japanese nor US editions of the manga ever called her "Serena."
Comments 
28th-Nov-2006 06:41 am (UTC)
Maybe it's just me, but when I hear the phrase "four mothers of manga", I'm thinking of four of the 花の24年組, not CLAMP...
28th-Nov-2006 11:15 am (UTC)
No kidding. *sighs*
28th-Nov-2006 08:14 am (UTC)
Tsukino Usagi, if I remember correctly^_~
28th-Nov-2006 12:26 pm (UTC)
I really kind of hate it when they Americanize stories ^^
28th-Nov-2006 03:01 pm (UTC)
Though I must say that I do like the name Serena. It's way more dignified than the original (rabbit or bunny), which loses serious stuff in translation anyway since we have a "man on the moon" not a "rabbit on the moon." "Bunny" reads like a misogynistic reference to Playboy or something.
28th-Nov-2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, I just wouldn't have bothered translating the name ^_^;
28th-Nov-2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
Wow, I remember Mixx turning Mixx Zine into Smile Magazine but I totally missed "Chix Comics" At that point, though, my manga reading was limited to Banana Fish and Tezuka. I know I wanted to check out some good shoujo, but heard enough bad comments about Mixx' handling of Sailor Moon, that I didn't feel very compelled to spend money on it.
28th-Nov-2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
Mixxzine didn't become Smile Magazine. They were two separate publications, but the former died before the latter did.

Chix Comix dates to around the time that Smile went all shoujo manga.
28th-Nov-2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
Ah. The bulk of my familiarity with Mixx/Tokyopop at the time comes from scanning the Previews catalogue hoping I'd find my next Banana Fish.
28th-Nov-2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
I must be showing my age. *grins*
28th-Nov-2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
I remember the Chix Comix line. doinkies had a couple issues of Sailor Moon (the first manga I ever read) and CCS. Never got to check out Smile though.

doinkies still hopes that one day in the future TokyoPop will be able to rerelease SM unflipped with a new, better translation...
28th-Nov-2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
doinkies still hopes that one day in the future TokyoPop will be able to rerelease SM unflipped with a new, better translation...

Go bug Del Rey about that. They're the ones with the agreement with Kodansha these days. Or, better yet, pester Takeuchi Naoko herself. She didn't like what TP did to her manga, so she's been wary of relicensing it to a US company.
28th-Nov-2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
Aside from the fact that once again the opportunity to actually do more than bounce a ball off the wall that is the subject has been thrown away....I am having a really hard time with the title DC is going with.

Minx?

MINX??!!!

*jaw on floor*

I guess Slutalious was already taken.

....nice to know how they really view this particular demographic. *0__o
28th-Nov-2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
Glad I'm not the only one who thinks that the word "minx" sounds like a synonym for "slut." *sighs*
30th-Nov-2006 12:59 pm (UTC)
They ought to stick to their strengths--not to mention their demographic.

but their strengths lie in writing articles with little or no basis
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