Friday, February 24, 2006

Free Web Comic!!

As you probably know, I publish a comic book called Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa©. However, what you don't know is that I also publish a free web comic that deals with the same characters on my web site.

JETTA: TALES OF THE TOSHIGAWA is the futuristic story of war between the Toshigawa clan and the evil Knave all seen through the eyes of Shianndrea Toshigawa, the "chosen one". However for the web site, I have free small stories that relate to the main comics that are in stores. This helps to fill the gaps between my graphic novels as well as offer more information into he lives of the characters. You can read about the warriors and heroes on both sides of this epic war of good and evil. Take a second to read them here. http://www.toshigawa.com

Here is a rundown of what you will find there.

JETTA: THE FIRST TIME
takes a close look at the relationship of Shianndrea Toshigawa© (the main character) and her sword brother (KIM) as they go from being friends to much more for the first time. This one is for the love birds out there.

STYX
This is a small story that weaves directly between The graphic novels "Jetta: Last Chances" and "Jetta: Defiance"that can be purchased at your local comic book store. Written by Janet Wade with art and plot by Martheus Wade, this story follows Shianndrea Toshigawa, her best friend Turra Shibata and her master Gaudient© as they journey to their new home in America.

SECURITY
For all you blood lovers, this one is for you.
If you like the evil character Terminus, this one is for you.
Written by Jay Davis and illustrated by Stanley Weaver Jr, this story finds Terminus smack in the middle of a gang of ninja assassins. Check it out on our main site at www.toshigawa.com

BLACKSHEEP
I have to say that this is one of our favorites! Illustrated by Alex Zemke (www.dirtylittletees.com) and written by Martheus Wade, this story is sure to heat up the winter as the renegade ninja TURRA SHIBATA© takes center stage.

Log on to www.toshigawa.com to read the free story!!!

Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

WOLFS RAIN - HEAVEN'S NOT ENOUGH

There are few songs that I have come across that symbolizes a state of mind. They lock your life at a specific moment and never let you forget that space in time. Never have I encountered a song that symbolizes an entire life until now.

This song (by Yoko Kanno performed by Steve Conte for the anime Wolfs Rain) does just that. It symbolizes an entire life that only leads you to more questions.

If you have ever wanted to accomplish something so badly but you seem to fall just short.
Or, if you have known loss but you have kept striving forward and you really don't know why.
If your life is more than just the clothes on your back or how much "bling" you have around your neck.

then this song is for you.

This is what music should be.

Performer: Steve Conte
Composer: Yoko Kanno (w00t!~)
Title: Heaven's Not Enough

Heaven's not enough
if when you get there...
just another blue
and heaven's not enough
you think you've found it
and it loses you

you've thought of all there is
but not enough
and it loses you in a cloud

"there" most everything is nothin'
that it seems
"where" you see the things you only wanna see

I'd fly away
to a higher plane
to say words I resist
to float away
to sigh
to breathe.... forget

and heaven's not enough
if when I'm there I don't remember you
and heaven does enough
you think you know it
and it uses you

I saw so many things
but like a dream
always losing me in a cloud

cause I couldn't cry
cause I turned away
couldn't see the score
didn't know the pain
of leaving yesterday really far behind
in another life
in another dream
by a different name
gave it all away
for a memory
and a quiet lie
and I felt the face
of a cold tonight
still don't know the score
but I know the pain
of leaving everything really far behind
and if I could cry
and if I could live what truth I did then take me there
heaven goodbye

Friday, February 10, 2006

STATE OF THE INDUSTRY

I was reading a discussion about comic books moving toward online sells and downloadable files and I had to add my two cents. I have posted the discussion with responses


Downloading Comics: Uncompensated Downloading

Great parallels will probably be drawn in the future between the music industry and the comic book industry with regard to uncompensated downloading. The music industry ignored what was happening with its product until it became a societal norm to swap music and therefore a habit impossible to change. The comic book industry seems to be doing the same with the torrent of its material being digitized and exchanged weekly. Lawsuits may be filed by various publishers sooner or later, but those will not stop people from continuing. Unlike the music industry that has dealt with bootlegging for decades, the comic book industry has never ever had to deal with something like this. This can not excuse ignoring the increase in uncompensated downloading. Unlike the overblown nonsense of the music industry, if uncompensated downlaoding is left unchecked in the comic book industry, it has an actual chance of bringing it down.

Why? Because the comic book industry does not come close to reaching the revenue levels of other media industries. Consider that when Infinite Crisis from DC nearly became a million dollar book (link), it was noticeable and record breaking. To the music and movie industries, a million dollars revenue on one offering is practically routine and uninspiring. Therefore most elements of the comic book industry are small businesses. While Marvel and DC dominate the industry, the heart, the growth, and the creative center is small publishers and enthusiast-owned retail outlets. The slightest reduction in revenue would be immediately felt.

Despite the industry's inexperience with bootlegging, it must come to terms with what is happening. While the idea of downloading comics is a good idea, all the publishers and retailers will have to cooperate, which seems nearly impossible. An iTunes for comics could be a business concept to follow. Ironically, this will work for some of the very reasons that make the industry vulnerable. Most comic book consumers are enthusiasts and appreciate the efforts of publishers, creative talents, and the small business owners. That is why these consumers are called fans, and they are willing to pay for a good product. However, even they have limits. Whether the comic book industry supports it or not, with increases in average comic book prices, downloading comics will invariably become an option. So, the comic book industry better learn to support it. The faster it embraces the idea, the better chance it has at setting the rules.

Comment: Martheus Wade

Interesting.
I will have to agree with you. It is time for some changes to take place. I think that the new media, which make it easier for small guys to publish, are not being utilized at the large DC or MARVEL levels. If they embraced the idea, others would follow.
I would like to know what you think about Diamond tho'.


Answer: Comic Books Commentary

Hi Martheus,
Thanks for visiting the site and posting a comment.
You're right to bring up Diamond. I don't think anyone has the power to create one uniform format and system for online comics except for Diamond. Their position as the only distributor of comics gives them the advantage of having everyone's ear. If they were smart, they could take that power and push the industry into a new direction. It would be tricky, but I believe only they could do it. Of course Diamond is a distributor and not an innovator, certainly not in the world of computing. So it would be a great effort on its part and hopefully one not undertaken haphazardly.

What do you think?



Response: Martheus Wade

Thanks.
I'm glad that someone is taking the time to look at this from a perspective that would allow growth in the comic book industry. As an independent comic book creator, I find that I have a different view on the industry sometimes than that of others. Most people (bigger names in the industry) do not like the fact of using the net and other similar methods to promote or publish a book. This is because:

1) In their eyes, the medium of comic books (printed) would be lost. That is a key factor in many arguments for and against such a move.
2) The creation of entities that print comics digitally and on demand via the internet will allow for more competition for the dollars of mainstream books.

Bringing to light the importance of the comic book industry to grow towards this new source of media will allow the industry to grow. But that growth would be at the expense of major dollars from the big guns of the industry.

I for one have a love hate relationship with Diamond. As you said, they alone hold the key to the industries growth in whatever way they deem fit. However, certain institutions that they are putting into place to keep smaller books out of distribution ( thus keeping the industry from growth ) are contrary to the important roll that they should be playing in the greater game of comic books.

Bottom line:
Until the comic book industry can come together instead of continuously working against itself, growth (in any form) will be impossible.

Martheus Wade

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Non-creativity in the city AND KICKING PEOPLE IN THE HEAD!

I have 2 things t talk about today.
First up: Bass Pro Shop is taking over the Pyramid.

Well...
We don't really know if that is the case yet but it looks like that may happen.

If you don't know, I live in Memphis, Tn. I know that most all city's have something to complain about. But this city is a trip. I swear. We have crime and underhanded politics that would give New York a run for it's money. The number one reason I think it is the way it is here is because of the lack of motivation to change. The city wants to be big time. There's a trolley here and the FedEx Forum. We have an NBA team. All of that is well and good. But, if you look deep down, The city is just small time at heart and all ways will be because of the way people in power think.

We have the Pyramid. A beautiful building that is a monument for the city. (Brief history: Memphis in Egypt used to sit on the Nile. Memphis in TN sits on the MISS. River. Egypt = Pyramid. Memphis Tn has a Pyramid.)

This could be pretty deep. It could be a place for culture. It could be a place to bring a little modern thought in the lives of the people here who crave something different. Instead, Bass Pro Shop ( a sporting goods store ) will most likely take over. No art. No culture. Only hunting and fishing.

I don't have anything against hunting, fishing or outdoorsmen. I don't have anything against Bass Pro Shop. Actually it's a pretty handy store. But, this is an opportunity to change the way Memphians see ourselves and the rest of the country sees us. But that's where the old thinking shines through. Leaving everyone else here that craves something new, different and potentially uplifting for the city stuck in our usual rut.

None creativity will kill a city.

Oh well. What can you say?

Alright. On to something happier; KICKING PEOPLE IN THE HEAD!!!
It is official. TONY JAA is the deadliest man in martial arts movies. I became a fan of him in Ong Bak. (If you haven't seen this movie, GRAB IT!!!) Last night I got to catch some of his newest movie TOM YUM GOONG. This movie's action is the BEEZ NEEZ I tell ya. Since the dvd skipped around and crap, I didn't get to see all the movie. But I got to see the action. Tony Jaa must pay his stunt men overtime because he was killing them.

For your enjoyment, I have put a small short here. Take a look.
I'm sure you will enjoy!!!!