Today though, I found out that the first Zuda creator to be pissed-off and disillusioned came to light… at the launch party. Yeah, that’s right. Apparently J. Longo, creator of ‘This American Strife’ had his strip edited, and then had a page omitted, without his being told by the ‘higher-ups’ at the company. He found out when he noticed his comics playing on the TV screens at the launch party. From an entry by Mr. Longo entitled “non disclosure diss-agreement“:
“Now, in Zudas tiniest defense, when I orginally pitched the J & Jesus screens for â€˜This American Strife,â€™ I was told to modify certain things to make it kosher enough to have it public. However, I changed these â€˜questionablesâ€˜ and re-drew every panel in accordance to their requests. But to have weeks go by and then release â€˜This American Strifeâ€™ with such a crucial, non-disclosed edit is lame.” - J. Longo, Creator of This American Strife for Zuda.com
How long did it take for the other shoe to drop? 24 hours. At least it took most of the Tokyopop crew a full year to become disillusioned with their terrible contracts.
Edit: J. Longo has responded to this article in my comments section, and over at his blog. I encourage you to check it out.