New Speakeasy News

Christopher Butcher posts a newspaper article about Speakeasy, written before their recent demise (link no longer available). It came from a Canadian paper and was published at the end of January. Although it’s mostly a puff piece, aside from the publicity photo positioning Fortier as a crime scene victim, Butcher summarizes the main points:

This article makes it perfectly clear that Speakeasy’s future in publishing was contingent on spending money to acquire a few extremely high-profile licensed properties. As we found out from Adam Fortier at Newsarama, that money (likely from Ardustry Entertainment, mentioned in the article) did not materialize, and it made moving forward with their publishing plans impossible…. I knew since before Christmas that these properties were based on HBO’s original content, including comic/graphic novel material based on The Sopranos, Deadwood, and Rome, among other properties.

He also discusses how printing costs likely contributed to the company’s demise, which is partially the fault of Alias.


4 Responses to “New Speakeasy News”

  1. Ray Cornwall Says:

    Ummm…how are the adaptations of CSI selling? Because you’re looking at sales around that. THAT’S how he was going to save Speakeasy?

  2. Dan Coyle Says:

    While I know that the producers of Carnivale have flirted with turning the series into comic to finish the storyline, would David Chase or David Milch be so accomodating?

  3. hostile17 Says:

    It’s too bad that they went under. They published some terrific books like Atomika and a few others that I thought should have continued. It’s sad, but I guess it’s based on the economic climate in the industry, unless you’re DC or Marvel, you may struggle coming out of the gate.

  4. Johanna Says:

    I think that may be a little too defeatist. Even if you’re not DC or Marvel (and who, coming out of the gate, is?) good choices result in rewards; bad choices, on the other hand, are likely to sink your business. Speakeasy made a lot of bad choices.

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