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Guys, I've gotten a response back from Scholastic and it's great news!

Thank you again for getting in touch with us about the Marco model for the cover of Animorphs #5: The Predator. We always appreciate hearing from Animorphs fans, and we want you to know that we have heard and share your concerns. We will, in fact, be using a different model for the actual books from the one that currently appears in our catalog and on the Animorphs web site. The first Marco book won’t be published until December 2011, so there is plenty of time to make sure we have a model who truly represents the description of the character in the books. (Please note that the website will be corrected as soon as the new photo shoot has been completed and the morph animation can be redone; in the meantime, the placeholder Marco will remain.)

While getting a new model was something we were already planning to do, we truly appreciate you advocacy on behalf of Marco. The support and passion of the Animorphs fan community has always been a crucial part of the success of the series, and we certainly want to be responsive when concerns arise.


Personally, I'd like to say a very big thank you to Scholastic for listening to our concerns and taking them into consideration, and for promising to find him a model that truly represents him. It definitely means a lot.
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Date: 2011-04-01 08:41 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-01 08:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peachiekene.livejournal.com
That is just beyond awesome! XD

Date: 2011-04-01 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Wow, this is really really cool.

Date: 2011-04-01 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chicafrom3.livejournal.com
Success!

I'm so glad they responded quickly and considerately. ♥

Date: 2011-04-01 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fotophreakgurl.livejournal.com
To quote Cassie (like the maga geek that I am):

"Every now and then, we actually win one"- From The Sickness

That quote is from memory so I might be a little off....

Anyways....YAYYYY!!! XD

Date: 2011-04-01 09:03 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-01 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sherrilina.livejournal.com
Oh yay!

Hmm, looking at the cover models for the first time now...and damn, they look different...:/ Cassie doesn't look nearly as tomboyish, and Jake is for some reason blond, WTF...I always have such trouble finding a good casting for Jake, the original kid is imprinted on my brain. Is it just me or do they all look older than the originals? (Esp. Rachel...)

Date: 2011-04-01 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] splitcomplex.livejournal.com
Yeah, Rachel looks a lot older... I actually liked the old model for her a lot more. She didn't look as ~supermodel gorgeous~, but she was cute and actually looked the right age. (The new model doesn't look any more ~supermodely~ in my opinion either, really. She just looks older.)

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Date: 2011-04-01 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ferahgo.livejournal.com
Where can I see the new cover models? I've seen this Marco controversy around lately but I don't think I've actually even seen any of the new models. :o 'Scuse my ignorance.

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Date: 2011-04-01 09:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tazeredtiger.livejournal.com
Oh wow, this is awesome! I'm actually glad Scholastic gave a response, and a favorable one at that rather than some sort of 'suck it up' response. Really cool of them!

Date: 2011-04-01 09:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cleo-eurydike.livejournal.com
seriously, I'm kind of stunned at how gracious they are. It's awesome.

Date: 2011-04-01 09:49 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-01 09:51 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-01 10:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] redsilverchains.livejournal.com
I love this fandom and it's authors so much. And I love Scholastic right now. *happy*

Date: 2011-04-01 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] streussal.livejournal.com
...we actually won!

Date: 2011-04-01 10:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melodiee.livejournal.com
Wow, I'm impressed with their attention to the fans.

Date: 2011-04-01 10:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 1111-am.livejournal.com
Sweeet! This is so awesome.

WAY TO MAKE ME SWOON SCHOLASTIC :'D

Date: 2011-04-01 10:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caterfree10.livejournal.com
I officially love Scholastic forever and always right now. <3333

Date: 2011-04-01 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rivier.livejournal.com
Excellent news, and an excellent result! Kudos to everyone who rightly raised concerns about this, and to Scholastic for responding and being so willing to accept the problem and put it right.

Date: 2011-04-01 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lit-wolf.livejournal.com
Can I honestly say that I'm shocked they agreed to change the model? I didn't even bother to sign the petition because I figured Scholastic wouldn't care about something as trivial as a model for a cover. Damn, I am impressed, Scholastic! Thank you for being willing to do this!

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Date: 2011-04-01 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anijen21.livejournal.com
wow, great work guys!

now, about those planned release dates...

Date: 2011-04-01 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keyyag.livejournal.com
Awesome.

Date: 2011-04-02 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] usdutchkitty.livejournal.com
Finally! First Tobias's hair is right and now this!

Date: 2011-04-02 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cyberdramon64.livejournal.com
I am so unbelievably happy about this. I didn't even think they would do anything...But they are, and there's such a great and wonderful response about it! I've never seen a better response about this kind of thing before. Just. asdgsgas THANK YOU SCHOLASTIC! I'd personally write a thank you letter to them about it but I'm too shy haha

I kinda hope Cassie's model will get changed too :/ but honestly, if they didn't change Marco's model I'd boycott this rerelease, but with Cassie's new model (if they do keep her) I wouldn't boycott over that. It's just a little disappointing because Cassie's always been the one to not care about her appearance, so the model just doesn't fit. And I don't like Tobias' model either but but oh well sigh that's not important / just vanity lol

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Date: 2011-04-02 04:37 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] taira602.livejournal.com
Yay omg! This makes me so happy! Seriously, the lack of success in campaigns like these made me shocked (in a good way!) that this actually had a good outcome.

Date: 2011-04-02 05:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rena-librarian.livejournal.com
WOOT! Go us, go Scholastic--EVERYBODY WINS! =D

Date: 2011-04-02 05:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lisacharly.livejournal.com
I'd like to send good juju to all the people involved in this controversy - from Scholastic, Michael Grant and the marketing team, to the people who helped facilitate it here and on Racebending - yay! Professional, positive and gracious! And effective! :D
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