Newsarama interviewed some of the creators, including Park and Barbara Lien-Cooper, who entered Tokyopop’s comics contest. Heidi MacDonald comments on the ongoing Platinum and Tokyopop stories and Lea Hernandez weighs in again on the Tokyopop contracts.
While I’ll admit I do get annoyed at the more judgmental commentators on these stories, I do think that work-for-hire contracts giving the publisher the copyright to original material is horribly horribly wrong for comics. It’s great for companies interested in amassing IP for sales to Hollywood. But that IP-centric model — especially when such companies don’t really get around to publishing comics — somedays it seems a lot like the company that buys up a lot of patents without any intent to actually manufacture anything.