Because he may not want to take criticism. You know what I mean? And I think they like it. I think they made a Kramers 7 that was little, right?
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But I thought that was great. But that was also the first time that anybody in the West was exposed that kind of work — as it only exists in Japanese. And you can still find the original editions from the s quite easily, in stores like Mandarake. In France, has it been translated? I love them. So it fits in aesthetically with everything else. Maybe I can help get it published as its own book, or do something with it. But for Kramers , it has to hit this sort of sweet spot of a very particular kind of comic. Norakuro was one such surprise. You know, even having a page of text, it all made sense.
Paul Gravett did it — it all worked, it somehow worked. But it definitely comes out of that. They are hard to do. That was their whole focus. They had day jobs and other things, but they were really focused. Tsuge — impossible, right? We all know, like Tsuge, to get him in English, is like impossible. You just go with the things that are — that you feel very passionate about. Because I do want to — I have an idea to go for I want to go a little bit bigger, but not so thick — but not as big as 16 x 21, just a nice larger size.
And you want them to be better, you want them to be — you want them to be what you think they can be.
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You know, each thing gets a different sort of bitch and moan. Every time.
I look at the book, and I think — it probably needs one or two more stories that are really, really strong. I think it could definitely be better. And I think, for anyone who is reading it closely, I think they can pick up a lot of like, interesting sort of ideas, that Svenonius talks about, that play out at the end, with the Wicked Wanda stuff, you know? And it is a very angry book. When I made that book, I was very, like… I was upset about a lot of things.
So I wanted to make a book that kind of reflected that. As long as enough people buy it — and they all bought it.
You were just talking about 8 being an angry book, and you being upset about a lot of things. I think it was very polarizing. It seems like the book — the book has definitely found its readers, the people who responded to it. In a way, the special size of issue 7 played into that. So in a way, even if you were kind of ambivalent about the contents, it was an incredible book.
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Even in the sense of each one has to wow you. Four stories, each one 24 to 32 pages, and a book, that would feel like — like a book of literature. Just big chucks of solid material. And I could not get the work. To me, the exciting things about 8 are much more subtle. Anthologies are bound to be strange books, where you can be surprised or disgusted or bored. I totally get that. And now the young adult novel in comics form is a very popular thing — you have cartoonists now aspiring to that.
I mean, you see all these great cartoonists who can make a living drawing comics. You just intuitively try and go with it. And go with it and learn from it, and I learned a lot from it. The whole thing hopefully feels like a big comic book, you know? How did it go? Because they understand the French reader, they understand the French market, they understand how people are going to look at the work.
I was honored just to be a part of that tradition.
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So I was very confortable. Then, they hire voice actors to come in and record each part, one at a time. In , Matt Greenfield and John Ledford holed up in the Gametronix storage room to watch spirits and slayers duke it out on a small screen. Ledford owned the place, a video game importer nestled into the grit and heat of west Houston.
Together they decided to take a gamble. Talking fast and dreaming big, they launched ADV Films, a bootstrap operation that would grow into an unparalleled anime powerhouse, churning out voiceover and dubbing work for American audiences taken in by the exotic thrill of foreign heroes and villains. At a time when other forces in the market focused on robots, Ledford and Greenfield turned to fantasy. That first translation was done in a Houston-area living room with translators from the local anime club.
By , Ledford and Greenfield were ready to up the ante; Greenfield had quit his job and Ledford was ready to sell the gaming business. So they found a spot in southwest Houston and founded a studio, believed to be the first anime-specific dubbing operation in the country. There, between the immigration lawyers and knock-off boutiques on Harwin Drive, rose a cartoon empire. With a lower cost of living and cities big enough to nurture a niche talent pool, Texas beckoned and the industry came. In Houston? Colleen Clinkenbeard, a well-known anime producer and voice actor, was living in the Dallas area when she discovered anime voice work — again through a chance audition.
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