I recently visited a Pacific Rim publishing convention and was dismayed by the disparagement manga receives and was heartened by a crucial rebuff by a Tong Li publishing speaker of the fallacy and reverence too many people hold for "canon" and how many readers spit at well-written works that just happen to take a different track from “canon.” Some of most successful manga and anime works sprung from “non-canon” roots and spin-offs. If we rigidly hold on to comic "canon" then Superman and Batman and most superheros would be laughably unrealistic -- and unsellable - in today's world. If we rigidly held on to "canon" then James Bond would never had been as popular apart the novels as it was. Canon can’t be concrete overshoes for a living breathing characters and fresh and exploitative story-lines and shouldn't be used as a criteria how supposedly "legitimate" one's take is, only the quality and faithfulness it is to the spirit of the original work. The speaker wound up saying that “Canon” isn’t a God or Guide, Canon is just Origin, and most things that grow and spread new ideas leave the nest.” The applause he received was so welcome. I hope he’s invited to dedicated comic and manga conventions.