OK. I saw what has gone down in the last 48 hhours so I decide to come back here one more post to make a few points clear:
VERY FIRST THING - I PMed a few of you explaining why I am leaving, and said I will still be active on other places like SFDFORUM.COM. It is by no means asking you to ditch SRK and just go to SFD. I just said we can keep talking in other places even I am not posting on this board. There is no tug of war whatsoever between the sites.
As for people saying I leave SRK becoz I cannot take criticizm, no, you are wrong. I deal with the publishing and I also deal with clients every day. Clients that are far pickier and way less reasonable with changes and requests. Case in point, the latest Star Wars Insiders Magazine has this Obi-wan Kenobi cover done by us and it has about 20 revisions in 2 weeks. I am fine with any comments as long as by the end, there is a mutual respect between the 2 parties.
I leave here because I felt that some recent posts has been very very out of line. The trigger is the Cammy Cos play thread that really disgussted me. I lost respect to a lot of the people posting on that post with their distasteful sexual comments. Do not tell me that is humor, coz humor can only be used as an excuse to a certain point and what happened is way out of line. And it happened right here in the SF Comic forum! We linked SRK as one of the discussioin furoms from our site, and this is what I am asking people to come here to read?
The flaming on RS #1 and then some on SF just have me made up my mind to stop posting here.
Doing a book in B/W and we were called “CHEAP”. Working as hard as well can while maintaining a break even point every month in a constantly struggling market dominated by the big guys is an uphill battle. While we do our best to answer to all your questions and comments, we just cannot please every single person’s request. Ultimately, I know as well as any other of you here does, that we all have some pre-perceived story, values, ideas, direction, that we wanna see how the future of SF and other Capcom stuff goes. We have a lot of stuff planned and scrapped and need to re-plan and change coz events just pops up unexpectedly and we need to adapt.
Why can’t Alvin do a book a month? Have you seen his dedication to quality lately? He saw you guys’ post regarding series 1’s quality, and he sets out to make sure that he will give you guys the best he can. And him being a perfectionist, he is spending more and more time polishing a page to a point that I cannot even convince him to stop. He is putting so much pressure on himself just because HE CARES ABOUT YOUR FEEDBACK. This is not to say that you guys are to be blamed, but this also shows that whatever you post, we do take it seriousely.
That is why the flaming posts really gets to me. From day one, I have stated that I can take comments, and constructive criticism. But there is a very fine line drawn between that and “bitch posts”. I mean, how the comments are presented and how it is read and taken by the reader can totally swing a post from “constructive comments” to “flamin bitching”. I normally take every post as a criticism to start, unless it is blatently “You SUCK” and those I tends to ignore. But more and more so, I really have to start detaching myself a bit more coz it is really affecting my work and I become a little obsessed in checking here every hour to see if any of you has something to say.
While I really wanna make sure I take notes and answer to every one’s request, I also realized that I cannot do so in a lot of times. Some of you make comments based on a fans stand point and becoz you do not understand the nature of the business, you will not know that what you are asking is just not possible. An example - every one wanted me to go to Marvel and do a X-Men VS SF crossover. I want it too! But Marvel is just not interested. What can I do? Every one wanted us to continue with DS. I do too! But DS made us lost 6000 dollars per issue, and after 6 issues, we are 30 thousand dollars in the hole. The alternative is to find a team that cost less, but that also means the quality is gonna suck and I just do not want to see that.
Why is RS in BW and why is Rey doing it? Why is it 4.95? I explained it a while ago and I will say it again - RS has far less fan base than Darkstalkers. If DS cannot work for us in color, I am sure RS will not be able to make it. DS we sets out being a color book and Alvin sets the bar to how it looks. If we are to continue, it only makes sense if we can do something competible. Or else, I am sure we will get more bitching. With RS, we feel we can establish this franchise in a totally different direction. Artist wise, we cannot clone Alvin or Arnold (tell me immediately if anyone knows how to!), and our last venture with Omar doing the Summer Special resulted in mixed feedback that makes us feel skeptical. And also, the production cost on color is just too high to justify a break even point. The BW Manga market is growing. Rey’s style is energetic and unique that we really feel we can capture the essence of the RS game even without 100% following the art style. That is why we take a chance to do it this way. You guys always said SF’s fight scenes are too short. Because of production constraints, VS time, VS page count, VS pricing, we cannot really change the module of how we are putting out SF. But we feel that we can do something different with RS so we make it 40 pages of art but we have to raise the price to 4.95. These are all the elements that we have to do to justify making the book. I mean, yeah, we can just trash the project altogether, but do you rather want to see a book or no books? I am sure the people who has enjoyed it so far would say yes. For the nay sayer, I did not point a gun on your head to force you to keep buying it. But please at I feel that we do deserve some respect on jumping thru hoops and hurdles to at least try.
I will be honest with you. When I first come here, I believe we can grow together as a community. We can make SF bigger and stronger. We can go out and tell people how good the SF fandom is, how strong we are. The more I am here, the more I found that I am spending time a LOT of time typing messages similar to this one to explain to the ones that just will never understand the nature of how things are run from a business stand point. No matter what I do, no matter how hard I try, I will never be able to meet their expectations. So I decide to just stop, at least for the moment. I need to go back and concentrate on work. Maybe kick Alvin more to stop being anal and move onto the next page. Go out to see if I can find the next Alvin or Arnold to help production. Work with Omar ti improve his skills so that he will get you guys “seal of approvals” on his upcoming SF mini series… etc etc.
Again, thank you for all that supports us in the past, present, and future. To those who thinks I am childish, a fool, or an idiot, sorry that I do not meet your expectation.