[originally published at Sub Cultured as 10 Years of Zenescope – a Q&A with Ralph Tedesco]
TN: A lot of your success over the last decade has come from the Grimm Fairy Tales universe, which has a lot of popular titles drawn from a lot of familiar Grimm characters. What is it about that universe that makes it work for you – or where that draw comes from?
RT: “One thing we realized early on, if you read our books the interiors are not really sexualized, there’s not a l
ot of risque going on inside of the books. The covers – we will do variants that are sexy. I mean it sells books – unfortunately that’s what the market said. What we started doing was doing some variants and we’ll have some sexy variants and non-sexy variants – I mean I think the people that complain about some of the covers don’t read the books a lot of times, because we have made an effort to really make sure – our titles have never been about anything to do with sex or being over the top for the sake of being over the top. They’re about telling good stories. So the people complaining about the covers probably are the people that don’t read the books. Fair enough, but at the same time we feel it’s a minority that are up in arms about it, so we don’t worry about it too much.”