I’m not a fan of zombie stories, so I didn’t enjoy Ross Campbell’s The Abandoned as much as I have some of his other works. However, I’m sorry to hear that he had publisher problems (as revealed in the comments at Bill Sherman’s review).
i sorta quit Tokyopop after the first book, i had a crummy experience with them (requiring a long rant to explain, heh). but i’m pitching the sequel’s material to another publisher, but unfortunately without Rylie because Tokyopop owns the rights (d’oh!). so hopefully that’ll get picked up, and also hopefully in the future i’ll be able to get the rights to Rylie back and she’ll make a triumphant return in my third zombie apocalypse book. keep your fingers crossed!
I’m not surprised to hear the two have parted ways; back in September, Campbell was expressing ambivalence:
I’m not sure TOKYOPOP was the best publisher choice for that material, but I was glad I got to do it and I think I did pretty well…. It’s ironic, though, because it was TOKYOPOP’s idea but the color thing ended up turning the whole post-production into a huge mess…. I didn’t like how The Abandoned turned out. All TOKYOPOP’s books have to be the same size for whatever reason and I think my stuff really suffers when it’s shrunk down so small.
If you want more hints about the “long rant”, visit Campbell’s blog and look for the entries dated “03.09.06” and “03.08.06”.
On the other hand, I’m surprised to hear that Tokyopop only wants to keep the character. Usually, in these kinds of deals, they also want the name and trademark.