Talk Live September 21, 2001 There's not that much to report from the recent talk live event, except perhaps for the fact that Kikuchi-sensei finally mentioned the comic deal that's been in the works forever (and since he didn't say anything about it being off the record, I guess it's finally okay to tell you folks about it). After the success of Amano's Sandman graphic novel, DC Comics asked him what else he had up his sleeve. It just so happened this was about the time that Tohan (the company handling Asahi Sonorama properties overseas) got my translation of the first book, and somehow Amano wound up with a copy, too. So Amano's office pitched a VHD comic to DC using my translation. Whether it would be a mini-series, maxi-series, or graphic novel was unclear, but the material would probably need to be reworked. At one point I was asked if I'd be available to redo some of it. Kikuchi-sensei apologized to me over what he found to be not the greatest of terms -- I'd get a supporting credit (even if someone else rewrote my translation) and a one-time fee. After negotiations had started, the editor working on the details left DC for rival Marvel Comics, leaving the project in limbo. The last time I met with Asahi Sonorama editor Susumu Ishii, he mentioned the possibility of shopping the project to other comic companies (mainly meaning Marvel). And then Kikuchi-sensei told the crowd he had a stack of legal papers from "AC" comics (I think he meant DC) about an inch thick, and that the conditions weren't especially good (again, this might be referring more to my situation than to his). So I guess it's still up in the air.