Ross Campbell Quits Tokyopop

The Abandoned cover

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, link no longer available).

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!

The Abandoned cover

I’m not surprised to hear the two have parted ways; back in September, Campbell was expressing ambivalence (link no longer available):

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.

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.

One comment

  • Tim Beedle

    Just to clarify a bit, Johanna, the situation is a bit different than you’ve made it seem here. Due to a variety of reasons, Ross made a decision to not continue The Abandoned that he first informed me of over six months ago. Just about all of the reasons were exclusive only to The Abandoned, and a major one was simply that he didn’t have the time to do Water Baby, Wet Moon AND The Abandoned. His decision was only to end The Abandoned, but unless he’s made a more recent decision that he hasn’t informed me of, he hasn’t written off the possibility of working with us again in the future, and I know that we’ve been in touch with him at least once since then about an entirely different project with us. As for continuing The Abandoned elsewhere, that was misinterpreted. The Abandoned is a TOKYOPOP book. The book he’s referring to is an entirely different book altogether, in which he intends to use some of the ideas he came up with when brainstorming the story for The Abandoned 2 and 3. They’re great ideas that I’d hate to see go to waste, and Ross knows I wish him nothing but the best.

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