Brigid at Mangablog links to Canned Dogs for an interesting collection of complaints from manga creators in Japan about the abusive treatment they get from their editors.
One creator, Raiku Makoto, is even suing his publisher, Shogakukan – for roughly US$ 33k – for losing his artwork. Apparently, misplacing artwork is common habit for editors (according to the list of complaints) as is feeding creators energy/sports drinks and parsing out their sleep.
I had been asking Ed at MangaCast about the relationship between publishers and creators – whether creator owned content made for a healthier industry – but it looks like it’s all just the business of tears, blood and Pocari sweat.
Only Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma 1/2) gets to do whatever she wants – as long as it’s Inuyasha.