Speakeasy Cancels Titles
From the Riot blog, posted by a retailer :
every single Speakeasy title that I ordered over the past two months has been cancelled…. it’s obvious to me that the publisher is going the way of Dreamwave, CrossGen, and all the other “hey, let’s try something NEW and DIFFERENT” dodo publishers.
Speakeasy tried to do too much too soon. Instead of building an audience for four or five titles over the course of a year and then introducing a new one every three months or so, they chose to flood the market with a dozen indiscernible titles and absolutely no support. Comics, as a medium, are definitely not of the “build it and they will come” variety. You need to offer previews, garner positive reviews, spread the word and plan events if you want your comics to succeed.
Someone who seems to have some kind of official role with the company responds in the comments
Speakeasy is currently in the middle of restructuring it’s [sic] line. You will see less creator owned [sic] books as the company moves toward licensed properties with built in audiences.
That’s what many people had speculated on, that the creator-owned properties would be going away. Kind of a weird way to have that confirmed, though, as a blog entry comment.
Update: Riot has a followup post about being contacted by Speakeasy creators:
A few of them told me that they don’t have concrete dates yet, but that their titles have been confirmed by the publisher. They then went on to tell me that they haven’t actually heard from the publisher recently. And at least one of them was reconsidering his Speakeasy contract in the face of the cancellations (of which Speakeasy said nothing to them).