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INTEREST: New Game! Manga Creator Stops Replying to Letters After Fans Resell Gifts


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Joshua Zarate



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 3:54 pm Reply with quote
Damn, that sucks to have that happen to him and his decision is completely understandable. I truly wonder why some people would do such a thing to a creator as reselling their gifts. That’s just rude and taking advantage of their kindness.
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Snakebit1995



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 4:09 pm Reply with quote
I know it's usually a joke, but this is a prime example of "This is why we can't have nice things".

A busy artist/author took the time to write/draw you a personal response and you flipped that kind gesture into a selfish cash grab. The only way I would accept this as a fair move is if you had to do it to save your house or pay for a medical treatment.
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Nitsugalego





PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 4:12 pm Reply with quote
Now that's just rude
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Kougeru



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 5:08 pm Reply with quote
First of all, selling a THANK YOU gift is awful. But I can understand if you're in dire need of cash ASAP. But when you need cash ASAP you go to a pawn shop, not an auction site...and for 60 bucks? I hope he had a higher minimum than that..... 60 bucks is just insulting.
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Crext



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 5:18 pm Reply with quote
If you get something like this as a fan it basically take center stage ahead of any expensive figurine or merchandise because it was meant for you... This is like selling a personal love letter.

Sad.
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R315r4z0r



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 6:00 pm Reply with quote
The way I see it, if I saw a piece of paper I signed my name on being sold for anything more than 2¢, I would be happy enough with that.

Or, if I was really offended, then I'd just make a bunch of drawings and sell them myself to drive down the price of the other seller's stuff. Plus, I'd make some cash on the side that way Razz
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Hoppy800



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 6:13 pm Reply with quote
Those are profiteers not fans, they only see yen signs in their eyes.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 7:40 pm Reply with quote
A prime example of a few people ruining things for the rest
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Keen Fox



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 9:43 pm Reply with quote
How can you sell such a thing?
It's such a sweet action.You can even frame it and keep it forever.
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mixedfish



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 9:51 pm Reply with quote
Honestly it is their right to sell whatever.

It's the fans that put the bread on the creators table. Would the author keep the fans letter or just throw it in the trash after reading it. Not judging.

But before jumping to conclusions about who's doing what, that you do do not know everyones situation.

Perhaps they have reached a low point in life and need the money
Perhaps these are stolen goods
Perhaps the fan has died and someone is cleaning out
Perhaps someone is moving and cannot bring everything along
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mangamuscle



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 10:11 pm Reply with quote
Mhh, on one side, I do not think I ever had a reply from a letter sent to marvel or DC comics, so if I ever got a reply (even without a drawing) I would be delighted. On the other hand, if the author is so mad at seeing the gift drawing sold, he could simply stop doing those and just write a reply (maybe in a computer so the letter can't be sold for being handwritten). Because let's face it, once you give an object to someone, it is no longer your property, they can put in the trash, give it away or trade it. The author could also charge for such sketches at conventions, dunno in japan but over here it is a very common practice, some people working for marvel and dc mostly go to conventions to sell their sketches (and do a pretty penny). I bet devil aoba (most likely seducing hifumi-senpai) would be the #1 request Cool
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SWAnimefan



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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 12:51 am Reply with quote
Some celebs encountered this with the birth of Ebay, seeing their signatures sold online. To counter this, they got creative and made personalized messages, which made it harder to sell.

So in this case, having the name of the fan over the art would've made it very difficult to resell.
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Blanchimont



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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:10 am Reply with quote
SWAnimefan wrote:
Some celebs encountered this with the birth of Ebay, seeing their signatures sold online. To counter this, they got creative and made personalized messages, which made it harder to sell.

So in this case, having the name of the fan over the art would've made it very difficult to resell.

Actually, it did have, at least the one shown in the article(check image);
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The name of the person the signed board was originally intended for was obscured in the auction listing.
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RegisterJustForComment



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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 3:47 am Reply with quote
Well. The mangaka's the one who draw it, so he mostly know in only how much time his drawing go to the auction after he send it, also he can compare how the fans speak in the letter and the reality he found. If the fans speak like a true fans in the letter but then the mangaka found his drawing in just a short time after he send it, of course he will be disappointed by it. I'm sure there's a proper reason. It's different if the fans already dead and the one who sell it is other person (like his/her grandchild) who find it.
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Keen Fox



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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 4:01 am Reply with quote
Guys it is simple.
You make something out of love,by responding to an act of love(fans).
Then you see this going to sale and it just does not feel right.
Unfortunately this goes for every fan so they are all getting nothing in the end.
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