well...that what this thread mean~we miss the old GEMPAK~
i did not said i support gempak wholly...but i do start wif gempak to be honest.so what i'm saying here the old gempak is far better than the latest. nowadays i'm rarely buy gempak.juz read when my imouto buy it. haha
Gempak is losing its Gempak-ness?
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Posted 01 April 2009 - 05:58 PM
ah, I've heard about this a lot of times, in which although being paid (gravely insufficiently, as i've heard) for the works, they don't own their artworks. all those hard work and creative process, and you still can't own them.
I think the good /informed comic artists are hesitant to submit to gempak.This is because:A) Other mags and publications like G3 , Komikoo , PTS do not take the artists rights( although they would love to, I'm sure - but see , artists are getting smarter:). This means they pay the artist for using their work in their publications for a fixed time, and after a while the artist can reprint the comic wherever and with whomever they like and profit from them multiple times.. Artist happy. Publishers happy.Fair-fair.Gempak and its related publications to my understanding, pay the artist ONCE. And then the work, idea, characters is theirs to print, market, exploit for profit for ever and ever and ever. I'm not saying that Gempak is evil, however this mode of operating is becoming more outdated as artists are recognizing their rights as creators and the value of their talent and good ideas.If I was an artist and had an story/art/characters that really rocked , I would LOVE to see my work featured in Gempak. I know that it has great distribution and lots of people would get to read it. The magazine is liked well enough and promoted very well.BUT. Gempak would pay me ONCE for my comic, per page.And thats it. And they would profit MANY MANY MANY times , using that content again and again eg. serializations turned into novels, online comics, mobile comics ENGLISH novels, online comics, moble comics, MANDARIN online comics, moble comics.....you get the idea. I hope.This may create a feeling, in my opinion, that the artists are viewed as factory workers who create a 'product'. Or : A feeling of being exploited. It doesnt have to be this way. Of course the publishers need profit to keep running. Well, so do the artists. A more balanced approach , letting the artist retain his/her rights and the option to negotiate.....would make gempak more gempak.So why would an artist choose to work for Gempak despite the above? 1)exposure to a wide readership/promotionGempak has great promotional activities and visibility. That rubs off on to the artists who appear in the mag. But they cant take their works with them once they leave gempak. Look at what happened to Ben. They cant publish or sell those comics or try them out for overseas publication. So if I was a total noobie artist just wanting to break into the biz or see my name in print, OR the idea is a one-shot that you dont really see going anywhere , but you want people to know your name, this is a good reason. 2)MoneyNot a good reason, because last time I checked, the page rates were about the same with other mags. BUT the other mags let you keep your creator rights! So...go figure3) I only draw Shojo/'Manga' etc etcTrue, Gempak is haven for those who draw in the above styles....but...I think this could be a reason why Style triumphs over substance in Gempak. They want to appeal to manga fans forgetting that its good stories more than style that creates the passion for manga. And just because you can draw one million strands of hair effortlessly and good looking hunks/cute chibis/babes, it doesn't necessarily mean you're a good storyteller. Besides this , Gempak has gained somewhat of a reputation of visually editing/changing the essence of the artists works without informing them. This , my friends, is a big boo-boo. Now, editing is an important part of making a mag readable. However, one the artist has been PAID for the work, he would assume the EDITOR is already happy with the work.If the editor wants to make changes, he either asks the artist to do it OR asks the artists if it is okay to do so and SHOW him the work for approval before it gets published.This ' We Paid For it So We Can Do Whatever We Want With It" ( if thats how it is precieved) is very off-putting and wrong. THAT SAID the artists who are on Gempaks payroll are part of a professional organisation. And gempak does its very best to promote its artists as fore-runners on the frontier of Malaysian comic art ( going so far as to say that Koaru was the first female artist in malaysia to draw in manga style - KLUE ). They go to international events and I'm sure one can survive comfortably as a fulltime artist there...if they can come up with ideas to constantly give away. So in the end it all boils down to what you think.Artist rights? Whats that?...makan gaji doing what I love,/pocket money +fame ok what?ormy ideas and my talent are my assets, and no one has a right to take them away from, unless I choose to do so in a fair and satisfactory mannerI think the answer lies somewhere in the middle.
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