I know it's been a long time since our last update. I'd been waiting until we had some more factual information to share about shipping, etc. and I've been told that the information is coming very soon, possibly later today. In the meantime, however, I can discuss a little bit about what's been going on for the last few months that should shed some light on why the books are running behind.
First, I want to thank everyone for their patience. Independent comic book publishing is always a tricky business and, every time you think you've got a handle on things, something comes up to prove you wrong. In our case, the production of the book went very smoothly, but as things turned out, our timing for printing and distribution could not have been a lot worse than it's been.
Some of you with your finger on the pulse of the comic industry may already know this but last fall the CEO of our publishing company (and BC backer!), David Hedgecock, left Ape to take a position as Managing Editor at IDW. This was a great move, so we're very happy for him, but at the same time it began a period of reorganization at Ape - and this has had a direct impact not just on our book, but Ape's entire lineup of books over the last few months.
Yesterday, an article went up on ComicsBeat.com questioning if Ape was going out of business (link), but COO (and BC backer!), Brent Erwin, posted a reassuring reply that I'll quote here (link):
"As Mark Twain said “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated”. As you know our business partner David Hedgecock left Ape very late last year to pursue an opportunity as a Managing Editor at IDW, we wished him well and hope nothing but success for him. At the time of David’s departure my other partner and I decided to take the opportunity to reorganize and stream line Ape which we are still in the process of doing.
We recently worked with Diamond to cancel outstanding orders on product that was beyond its normal shipping window. We didn’t want old orders hanging out there for retailers to have to deal with. We do plan to resolicit certain books at a later date, it just doesn’t make sense to announce that until we know exactly when we will. We have a lot of great product ready to launch.
We are currently planning the release of our “Fruit Ninja” comic app at the end of January for Chinese New Year along with other digital initiatives. We have also been in talks with Hollywood about a few of our properties so we have been keeping very busy."
So the good news is that everyone here and at Ape is fully committed to The Black Coat and Brent is personally overseeing the printing/shipping process for the new book in an effort to get everyone their copies as soon as possible! I'm hoping to have more definitive information about it very soon so thanks again and stay posted!