Jake, Thank you for taking the time to post, and responding so gracefully. I'm a writer myself, and I know how hard it is when one's own work gets attacked. I read the link on the LiveJournal before it was removed, and I have to say I'm puzzled by some of the choices (the artwork more so than anything, I think). But I don't think you have to model your story on other people's fanfic. In fact, if you did that, fanfic writers would be crying copyright infringement! I think focusing the story on Toby is a logical choice. I would have done the same thing. If all the issues haven't gone to press already, there are a few things I would like you to address (not that you owe it to me, but speaking as an audience member): 1) Are we meant to read something into Jareth's "advances" on Toby? In the original film, Jareth seems to be more of a (warped) father figure. Now Jareth seems to be more bisexual. Have these scenes simply been wildly misinterpreted? 2) Hoggle has said in this comic that he hates Sarah, which is not how things stood when we last saw these characters. Will we learn why later in the story, or is there some stylistic reason for this choice? (I'm not asking you to give the whole story away, just asking whether or not this matter will be dealt with in some form.) 3) Lastly, I know you're not the artist, but you will likely know: why was Sarah given such a radical re-design? I know that characters are often reworked for manga, and that sometimes actors don't grant the rights for their likenesses to be used. But in the prologue, Sarah looks exactly like Jennifer Connelly. Why the change? And will she ever look more like the Sarah we know later in the story? If you can answer any of these questions even in part, I would appreciate it. Again, while I understand the frustration and confusion the other fans feel at this point, I certainly don't want this to be about abusing you, personally, as the writer. I look forward to any responses you can give, as well as to how this story will unfold. Take care!