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That's a day of sucky news.

First off, Nickelodeon Magazine has been cancelled.
Starting...now.
http://www.comicsreporter.com/index.php/nickelodeon_magazine_cancelled/

Viacom decided that in this internet age, a print magazine is obsolete and decided to stop producing it.
I'm really sad for the great creative team over at Nickelodeon magazine, that put so much energy everyday in producing one of the rare kids friendly publication. Some may not have noticed, but there was some truly great comic artists working for them, doing some really entertaining material.
Sending good vibes to Dave Roman, Chris Duffy and the rest of their team.

No more new Avatar comics.
And I was going to do a Zhao comic! An official Zhao comic to see print!
Maybe I'll do it here, for the web. Full color and all. Na.



After a few phone calls and emails, it seems that both Amazon nor Wikipedia will do a thing about it.
On Amazon's side, they are not responsible for the book. They are only the outlet, not a quality inspector. Ok, I understand that.
Wikipedia let's it go, because the book is using the terms of GNU Free Documentation License, which allows, under article 2, verbatim copying, that "You may copy or distribute the Document in any medium, either commercially or noncommercially, provided that this License, the copyright notices and the license notice saying this license applies to the Document are reproduced in all copies, and that you add no other conditions whatsoever to those of this License."
There's more, but I won't copy it all. A full copy of this license can be found on the web, and does seem to fall under that "copyleft" thing.

So internet plagiarism is fine and you can make money off of it too, as long as you follow those simple rules!
Yes, you too can now make your own book by taking Wikipedia articles and printing them out! Just read the full terms of the license and voila!

I'm still returning the book because, well, this is just not serious work and extremely poor quality of editing. If you're curious to see bits of inside of the book, I have scanned 5 pages with a few choice bits of fail.
http://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Egyptian-religion-pantheon-creation/dp/613000608X/ref=cm_cmu_pg__header
You can view them , by clicking "see all 5 customer images" right under the cover image of the book.

In other minor annoying news, my computer at work refuses to recognise my USB keys all of a sudden. How am I going to bring work home? Hopefully, a restart will help.

Ok, I need a funny pic now

How about something http://go-devil-dante.deviantart.com/ has sent me?
I asked for some of the Avatar Thirty print, and received this little extra:

Zhao

Pretty Zhao in a pretty dress, with glitter everywhere. Literally glitter everywhere! You should've seen it when I opened the enveloppe. My table will be glittery for months.

EDIT: There was another LJ cut in there that wouldn't work. Other minor annoyance of the day. Ah well. Living with it.

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youkaislayer
Jun. 4th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
So they are just cancelling the magazine altogether and not just like making issues available to look at online?
rufftoon
Jun. 5th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
I don't know what their plan is about making the content available online.
We'll learn more in the near future, I hope.
loveroftheflame
Jun. 4th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
Just unreal. So what about all the work that was already done? Is it just trashed now? Could the artists post it to a site? klfjdlsafj so aggravating. I'm sad not only as an Avatard but also as the parent of an 8 year old that just lost a quality magazine in a sea of crap.
rufftoon
Jun. 5th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
I don't know, unfortunately. Hopefully, it will be put on the web.
wodhaund
Jun. 4th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you put the images up. Hopefully that will help other people avoid the same pitfall.

Also, wow. That picture is AMAZING. XD
aiyakiu
Jun. 4th, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
I suppose I should have seen this coming. Viacom has been disgusting me lately with where they put their money -- I shouldn't be surprised. *sigh* So much for Avatar's canon comic continuation.
hengrui
Jun. 4th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
I'm so sick of Viacom. Nick was awesome years ago, but now I have lost faith in them.
egoulet
Jun. 5th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
hug!
rufftoon
Jun. 5th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
I'll be ok.
The peple over at Nick magazine will have it harder. :(
redvelvetaddict
Jun. 5th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
heh. nice comments on those scanned pages.
rufftoon
Jun. 5th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
I was being mostly descriptive too, trying to be not too snarky. People from these can hopefuly have a better idea of the product.
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kyoko215
Jun. 5th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
XD Love the tags.
themadfish
Jun. 5th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
One thing that really pisses me off that people can do that is that a lot of wikipedia's articles are copy and pasted from other sources and other's people's work. And someone can just take it from wikipedia and make money from it. Lame. Wikipedia should not have a license that allows commercial use.
rufftoon
Jun. 6th, 2009 07:38 am (UTC)
Maybe this will be the thing that will make Wikipedia change their policies.
Maybe just a tag saying: these articles not to be used for commercial uses.
canthari
Jun. 5th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
They (all of you) just put a lot of effort and work in these comics already, you just can't... go and say "throw all to the trash, you're all fired!" from a day to another, I guessed there were laws against these kind of postures. :/

About the book deal, damn!, the whole thing is as hilarious as sad. xD what a waste of paper and what a fake world we live.
rufftoon
Jun. 6th, 2009 07:34 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, when a big company decides to stop production, not much anyone on the lower levels can do. The top bosses hold the wallets.

Ha ha yes, those Wikipedia copy paste books are so bad it is laughable.
neurona_muerta
Jun. 5th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
I am so sad that happened. I am sorry :(
rufftoon
Jun. 6th, 2009 07:33 am (UTC)
Less hard on me than the permanent staff. Sad for their freelancers too, and there were a lot of us out there.
engelen
Jun. 5th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
It is a pitty abou tthe nickmag thing ; ^;

AND WTF $102!?!
rufftoon
Jun. 6th, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
Yeah. That 102$ price tag is baffling, especially since the book is a very shoddy copy-paste job.
hypertigsie
Jun. 5th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
So much for encouraging reading with children. :|

Plus, internet age? Isn't it recommended to have parental guidance if you are under 12 on the internet? I don't think that counts...I can see if you are a parent and want to buy your kid some form of entertainment and not have to worry about them wandering off to places that are inappropriate.
rufftoon
Jun. 6th, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
Yeah. Another fun publication gone.
Parents must feel pretty secure letting their kids look around a site like Nickelodeon.
Mind you there are enough adds for products on these that parental guidance should apply there too.
ndgmtlcd
Jun. 5th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
I wish I'd known about all this on Tuesday morn. Richard Stallman, the father of copyleft and GPL (if a single paternity can be attributed in what is now a group effort) was in town and he gave us a very interesting talk. We were only about a dozen librarians and a dozen IT folk assembled in an intimate space and there was ample time for questions later. I now have a few ideas or possible paths to take for getting those 787 books down from Amazon and I know that he could have helped in narrowing down the most useful ones if I would have phrased the question in terms he's most comfortable with, that of copyleft books about software.
rufftoon
Jun. 6th, 2009 07:30 am (UTC)
Aw man, that would have been perfect timing indeed!
The few people from Amazon and Wikipedia I talked to (including someone from the legal department over at Amazon), seemed to be a bit over their heads.
In the sense that they realise this could be very complicated and unless one is a lawyer, the fine points may not be nitpicked.
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xanykaos
Jun. 5th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
But...but...Nickelodeon Magazine...please?

This is sad-making. On multiple levels. I didn't even know it was doing badly (I mean, heck, Duffy did talent-scouting at SCAD not a month ago).

Honestly, instead of a Magazine, maybe they should just put out a comic. Avatar alone would do awesome as a comic--the world of it is so rich that it could easily have stories following various side characters, or go into older characters backstories (who doesn't want to see how Bumi became King of Omashu, or young!Iroh?). But even just a general magazine of Nick-show-related comics seems like it would be a viable sort of thing.


That's terrible about the book. Man, you'd figure someone would do something.
rufftoon
Jun. 6th, 2009 07:28 am (UTC)
Tough times amongst the print media. Still, I also thought Nick mag was doing overall pretty good. Not too much competition in the kids magazine market.

As for the book, no one will do anything...unless maybe it gets too big a trouble and they get a whole lot of complaints.
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