In a pretty revealing (and mildly tragic) article posted on Robot6, Chuck Austen details his career after comics and discusses selling away rights to creative concepts. While he's certainly rebounded from his much-maligned X-Men run, the article does have a few tidbits that are just too juicy to pass up on.
Among the highlights:
- Austen, now a successful producer for Cartoon Network, unsuccessfully pitched a television series called Nekkid Bottoms, a romantic comedy set in a nudist's colony. While the pitch failed to sell, Austen repurposed the pitch into a series of eBooks, which are widely available on Amazon.
- Austen has mad beef with TokyoPop, which refused to distribute his manga series Boys of Summer. The reason? The covers to the manga featured largely naked women in very skimpy bikini tops.
Do yourself a favor and read the article. Love him or hate him (and I imagine most people reading this fall in the latter category), the article is simply a fantastic one.
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