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The Government brings back trial by combat and televises it to earn revenue. The worse the crime, the more difficult the champion. You’re the government’s chosen champion to fight a tax evader who owes 40 million.

Dont Put All Your Trust is D&DB part 1

(This talks about some things from 7.05, which can also apply to 7.06. Theres not blatant spoilers for the episode inside, just a rant.)

Honestly, I have so many feels about how D & DB have been handling the plot once they went off book (and I haven’t even read the books!! its just so obvious because the tone of the show shifted) - how many characters they have twisted, how much blatant fanservice has been happening, and how “Hollywood” everything has felt since S6. The dialogue is worse, the decisions are worse. It feels like ASOIAF fanfiction.

Honestly, I would wait more years for TWOW if it meant George being in control of the show. We need his writing back. We really do. Why is he not more worried about this? (oh, probably because he’s cackling inside when everyone rushes to buy the books to see the better story. Fuck - what if thats why D&DB are doing this? To save the books from being spoiled? god fucking dammit…What if this is the only ending we’ll get…*crisis engaged*)

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My Thoughts on Small College Athletics

A couple of days ago, I posted a lengthy piece on Facebook that related to small college athletics (not basketball-specific) that has caught quite a bit of attention an has been shared quite a bit. 

As such, I thought that I would share here…..enjoy!

This may be a little lengthy (o.k…..I think that it’s probably the longest post that I’ve ever had), but I’ve had a few thoughts on the brain that I wanted to share, so here goes.  If you take the time to read the whole thing, this may provide a good amount of insight, and (hopefully) cause you to think a little different about collegiate athletics.

Since I’ve been involved in collegiate athletics for 20+ years now (wow, where has the time gone?), I often get asked a lot of questions about intercollegiate athletics.  Some are great questions.  Some, well, not so much.  Some come from people that are well-informed….and others, well, again, not so much. 

I often hear comments about the large sums of money that coaches make at the collegiate level.  I hear people talk about the prima donnas within collegiate athletics.  People have commented to me about the “corruption” in athletics.  I hear about how student-athletes aren’t really going to school to get a degree, but just to showcase themselves for their professional career. 

Then they bring up the subject of student-athletes getting paid…..oh, good Lord.  Unions are now a topic of discussion. 

Then people want to talk about television contracts, the money involved in bowl games, the CBS contract with the NCAA for March Madness (and the rest of NCAA championships - except, of course, football). 

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jolly-snorlax  asked:

Hi Vertical Comics, thanks for putting out such great series and providing such great production quality. I just have a couple of questions. Is volume 6 of Wolfsmund the final volume? What do you think is the reason for sports manga not selling well in English? And finally is it difficult to spot/predict trends in the English manga market (in terms of what's going popular)? As high sales and popularity in Japan doesn't always ensure success when sold in English. Thanks!

Hi!! And Happy 2015!

>Is volume 6 of Wolfsmund the final volume?

Nope. Contrary to initial Japanese internet rumors volume 6 is not the last volume. The story of the Wolfsmund ends there, but the origins of the Swiss Confederation will continue for at least another volume. So expect volume 7 in early 2016 (as the Japanese edition should be published in Nov 2015).

>What do you think is the reason for sports manga not selling well in English?

Cool question. Ultimately to me it comes down to marketing.

Sports as an industry is huge in English. TV revenue is gigantic. Ad revenue is also huge. Viewership for TV is down but with streaming and PPV money is still there. Attendance at events are stable.

But when sports turns into fiction the shift is completely different. Sports movies are often flops. Often the most popular sports movies are sports themed comedies (Adam Sandler and Will Farrell seem to enjoy making those). Fictional sports TV programming is equally tough. And the more successful TV shows tend to also be sitcoms that never take place on the field like the 90’s comedy Coach.

Live sports have a lot of narratives to them. Fans are connected to their favorite teams. Fantasy sports and video games give fans a chance to enjoy individual players more as they begin to appreciate the value players have on their respective games. Announcers add nuance to watching games on TV. The live experience for sports is often amazing.

But that live element is does not translate well to tape-delay. NBC has really repurposed the Olympics (poorly in my opinion) to try to keep some of it live cause that’s what fans want. The World Cup is a great example of the power of live sports, as this year American fans turned out to see those games at times of day that worked perfectly for US TV viewing.

Switch that to a book. And well if a book is a biography of a famous athlete people might read it. People might buy copies with hopes of learning about those stars. Maybe get them autographed (a custom still enjoyed in the sports merch market). But buying a book on a fictional team… Sports fiction is a tiny tiny market that occasionally gets a break thru.

Transition that to manga… And it is a bigger challenge. So while there is a sports audience getting them into sports manga… Is a stretch.

Viz tried promoting Slam Dunk with the NBA. That didn’t work. They marketed Whistle! with US Soccer before a World Cup. That didn’t work. They partnered with the NFL for Eyeshield. That didn’t work. Were their plans perfect? No. But they sure tried and with some of the biggest brands in sports. Sports anime rarely seems to work in English. So tying in anime fans to their respective manga is almost pointless.

Story-wise most sports anime are high school based. That poses a problem cause the structure is different for sports in Japan vs the US. Sports in the US are league based, so teams play full seasons before a playoff tournament. In Japan high schools are almost entirely tournament only. So where in the US kids train thru playing games; in Japan they train to play games. Also as these works are fiction there is a lack of familiarity with characters and teams. It may be hard for casual readers to understand the rules of certain games if they aren’t already fans of that sport.

I would also say there might be some social resistance as faces and names are not what people see from their heroes in the US.

That’s just a start. Length for sports titles are also painful. IPPO is almost the perfect sports manga. It actually could be transcendent in how it presents boxing at times. But I cannot imagine a publisher, through normal means, printing all 100+ volumes of that. Stores would literally laugh at a publisher who even considered such a plan.

Ultimately, it is up to publishers to find the right stories and for true fans of sports manga and manga culture to prop these works up. That’s tough cause there is fragmentation within sports fandom (let alone sports anime/manga fandom). But a united word of mouth/publicity foundation could prop up title now and then. I mean Prince of Tennis did okay… But fans weren’t reading for the tennis. Those fans united for those characters. So that’s one angle.

>And finally is it difficult to spot/predict trends in the English manga market (in terms of what’s going popular)?

Yeah it is. Trends are tougher to figure out than titles. But that’s the fun part. It’s a challenge, but that, to me, is why I’m in this business. I wanna create trends, as well as spot them.