The MegaTokyo controversy
Submitted by Erik Melander on January 22, 2005 - 07:43
I thought this was perhaps a bit too gossipy to submit as news, but I found it quite interesting and am sure other did/will too.
Apparently Scott Kurtz made a well wish for Rodney Caston, former co-author of MegaTokyo, who became a dad recently (perhaps that is more of a news item?).The original post is gone, but Kurtz describes it as "I announced that Rodney and his wife were having a kid, and then I made a crack that this was one baby, Fred couldn't steal from Rodney."
Fred is Fred "Piro" Gallagher of MegaTokyo fame obviously. This promted Fred to respond with a rebuttal including his own version of how his and Caston's cooperation ended. Which in turn also promted Caston to tell his view of events. Add to this a lot of flaming by the fans on different message boards.
Kurtz withdrew his remark, adding that it had been inteded as a joke and Gallagher also posted a clarification of his post.
I find the entire thing quite interesting even though I dont read MegaTokyo since about a year (I started before Caston left though and have become less interested the more "Shoujo" it became). The interest lies partly in that it was a collaboration that ended and the problems that arose from that with the intellectuall property. But also that it appears that many of the fans were wondering (still after almost two years) about the details of the split. And, at least as I remember it, the story at the time of the split was somewhat different from the one that emerges now.