Well, the gossip around the water cooler is that Tokyopop will be closing its US publishing arm come May 31st.
It’s a precarious time to be drawing funny books, without a doubt! Layoffs and reorg’s dot the landscape as comic companies strive to stay afloat and retain profit margins.
It sounds bad, huh? It probably is. However, there’s a silver lining to all things bad and worrisome. You just have to know where to look. Do I know where? Hellz nah. I’m a half empty kinda guy.
Actually, I’m not. I’m a rather foolhardy optimist. And I know that life is a constant pendulum of ups and downs.
Comics will come out of this economic hardship leaner, meaner and filled with more consumer friendly, entreaties fulfilled goodies than you can shake a stick at.
I mean, companies competing for your hard earned money all have to navigate the sad and dangerous maze of business viability.
So- TOKYOPOP US is closing down shop. I have to figure out what that means, contractually, for BLANK, the co-owned property I created for TOKYOPOP which saw an abrupt stop after one volume. Let me say, however, that if the ownership comes back to me, I’ll be releasing here, the 50+ pages of Volume 2 that never saw print. FREE. That’s right. Just like in Braveheart: Freeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! (dom)
And better yet, I am now able to pursue other means of getting BLANK’s stories out. To all of the fans who’s contacted me about the continuation of the book. There’s now a chance! Wheeeee!
Silver lining. Check!