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October 27, 2004

Public Service Announcement

In case you haven't noticed, we are currently on a run of alarming publishing, licensing and movie-making deals involving comics that officially kick the business wires into stare-and-blink territory.

It was strange enough this past summer, when big-time publishers began to extend new imprint deals past huge talents like Jeff Smith into artists some of whom claimed when you met them they had never done comics before.

It became stranger as Marvel began routinely signing the kind of focused licensing deals the inability of which to achieve had practically been stitched on the back of company softball jerseys in the 1990s.

But a $200 million dollar development deal with a big fill-in-the-blank component for a properties-holding company with a... colorful history and a bidding war between two major book publishers over a largely unknown American manga-style artist?

It's not the early 1990s all over again. This is much weirder.
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